easyHotel London South Kensington
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... a few movies, ate some good food and had a couple of vodka & ginger beers.
After about a 2 hour stop over in Singapore, I was homeward bound. I watched one movie and one more vodka & ginger beer (I am a lush, I blame Naomi). I arrived at Sydney airport to see that beautiful sign “G’day and Welcome Home!”. I was met by my daughter, Sarah, who drove me passed Naomi’s home to Rachies. Rachie then drove me home ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews easyHotel London South Kensington
My partner and I stayed at easyHotel the first week of November 2005. The room was tiny, but clean. My disappointment was with the front desk. Each of the three employees we encountered during our stay was as unfriendly and unhelpful as can be.
This is a long review of a very small place for which I had paid £36 per night, the current rate.
We (youngish couple) stayed here for two nights in November 2005. We did bump into each other a bit when getting dressed in the morning but it was just fine. The room was clean, including the bedding and one towel each we were provided. We had one of the rooms with a window which has the added benefit of the window sill, which we used as a shelf/nightstand. The bathroom is tiny but very well designed. I have never been in a smaller bathroom, but the shower overlaps the floor space of the sink so the shower is actually quite roomy for a budget place. Water pressure was great but it did take nearly 10 minutes for hot water to come out of the shower. The worst thing about the hotel for us is the lack of luggage storage. When we arrived at the hotel at 11am on check-in day, we were able to leave our bags in our room already even though it was not cleaned yet. The clerk did make it very clear though that he was doing us a big favor by giving us our key already and letting us leave our bags there. On the day of departure we lugged our bags around. Of course someone staying at the easyHotel does not wish to pay £5.50 per bag to store luggage at the train station. We ended up checking them at the first museum we visited for the day at a slightly cheaper rate. If anyone has a better idea of where budget travellers can store their luggage in central London, I would really like to hear about it. We will probably not stay here again unless easyHotel offers luggage storage (for a cost, naturally!).
I would actively discourage fellow travelers from staying at this hotel. I knew that this would be a small room without any frills. i booked at the introductory rate back in the summer, so it was cheap, and even with the problems, reasonable for what I paid. now that the base rates have gone up, its an absolute rip off. I had paid extra for the window, which overlooked a parking garage. the bed was admittedly comfortable and the bathroom clean. HOWEVER it took on average 15 minutes for the water in the shower to turn hot, and on the last day/morning there was no hot water after 1 hour of trying. The heat was also broken, the walls were cold (not cool, cold) to the touch. When I mentioned this, the hotel staff told me "we know there's a problem" and left it at that.
I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in November. I was in London on business, so my motivation to try Easyhotel was pure curiosity. It is located in rather unremarkable area of London, reasonably close to 2 tube stations (I think Gloucester Road is the more convenient one) and a pleasant walk from several famous museums and shops. The room is unbelievably small but well designed. I had good sleep both nights, was ok with bathroom amenities but of course did not want to linger in my room. To be fairly comfortable there you better be a)small b)young c) with very compact luggage d) willing to spend most of your time outside of your room. Two people in one room? I hope you like each other a lot. Young asian student? Yes. Middle-aged American? No. Too bad there was no such thing in London when I was a student.
I booked my room on the first day the hotel opened for booking so I was able to get the initial £10 per night rate (which was originally meant to be just £5). The room was indeed tiny. Fine for just one person but would have been a problem for two I think. You also need to cope with the no windows and only two hooks on the wall for storage. So it is not for the claustrophobic. I was out and about each day and was only in the room for sleeping at night so it met my needs perfectly. I brought my own extra towel and did not make use of the TV to further economize, so I could justify splurging on theatre each evening.
When I heard that easyGroup was opening a London hotel I was thrilled - London can be prohibitively expensive for the tourist on a budget, as I always seem to be. Also, as I generally travel alone, I almost never have use for most of the space and extras of "standard" hotels.
It does exactly what it says on the tin!
Cheap room, new so thereforw clean. Air conditioning and tv as advertised. No complaints at all.
It should have been nearer a underground station though and as with all new concepts it will be interesting to see how well maintained and cleaned the hotel is. Keep checking for new reviews.
For one or two nights as a base for exploring London it is a fun thing. For families or for being in the room for long periods (i.e. meetings etc) it is not what you need.
I will be back (subject to further reviews).
Stay in "a tiny room"
My girlfriend and I stayed for 1 night at easyHotel in August 2005.
It is what it is: a cheap, small room. We had a windowless room (called "a tiny room"!), which had about 2 feet square of space, a double bed and a very small toilet/sink/shower room. It was fine for our visit (1 night) but would not recommend it for more than 2 nights really.
Although we didn't, you have the option of paying £5 a day for a remote control to watch television.
It is also a shame that the hotel is not very near a tube station.
Overall all we had another fantastic time in London and would recommend this hotel!