Compact, cabin-like rooms are the trade-off for the low prices at the no-frills easyHotel in the heart of South Kensington. Close to the Museums, a short taxi ride to Notting Hill and a 15-minute Tube ride into the West End, the location is the key here and the hotel will suit those planning to spend the majority of their time out and about.
Wi-Fi is not included in the cost of rooms so pay up front for connectivity for the entirety of your stay to save money on the excessive hourly rates.
If you’re familiar with the ‘Easy’ brand then the shock of finding the company’s bright orange colorway all over the rooms shouldn’t be too hard on you. If not, then you’ll have to get used to the idea of the slightly sickly looking white and orange décor of the tiny rooms.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some rooms come without windows, so if natural light is a deal breaker then make sure to specify a larger room with window.
The company started with its low-cost airline and in fine tradition the bathrooms are similar to those you might find on a plane. Naturally, they’re tiny and feature just a walk-in shower.
It may be located in a grand stucco block in South Kensington but inside the handsome Edwardian building a run of the mill check-in desk is what you’ll find in lieu of a fancy lobby. Fine if that’s what you’re expecting.
The hotel is room only and doesn’t offer breakfast.
Given the incredibly low prices of rooms, easyHotel South Kensington has a superb location. Within walking distance of the Museums, Knightsbridge and Hyde Park, the neighborhood is a charming place to leisurely stroll around. You won’t want to spend too much time at the hotel given the size of the rooms so the good links to the West End and West London via South Kensington Tube and the District Line will be appreciated.
A budget hotel calls for budget restaurants and while the neighbourhood is rather fancy, there are options. For great pizza, go to the walk-in only Franco Manca (16-minute walk) on Old Brompton Road. As well as the pizza, the burrata is great. A few doors down, Byron (17-minute walk) is part of a gourmet burger restaurant chain and is a cut above anything you’ll find in a fast food joint.
Along with museums, galleries and upscale boutiques, one thing this neighbourhood has is authentic pubs. Head to either The Scarsdale Tavern (11-minute walk) or The Britannia (10-minute walk) for two attractive pubs with character.
WHY WE LIKE IT
While there’s not a whole lot to love about the design at the easyHotel, you can’t fault the attractiveness of the cost given the location. Though small, rooms are tidy and clean and offer a great alternative to hostels with their great value for money.