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Address: 14 Lexham Gardens / Kensington / London / W8 5JE / United Kingdom / Email: enquiries@southken.easyHotel.com

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      21.04.2010 11:23
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      A fantastic budget option in central London, book early for a bargain option!

      Looking for a central and as cheap as possible place to stay in London for a flying visit to the capital recently, my friend and I were scouring the internet for options and came across the Easyhotel website. The 'Easy' brand is most associated with budget flights on easyJet but Stelios seems to have cottoned on that some travellers would love a cheap, no frills option on hotel rooms to and thats exactly what they offer with the easyHotels. This branch is ideal for the budget traveller, it offers VERY small rooms, most without windows (although you can pay a little extra for a room with one if you like), capsule style sleeping arrangements in an amazingly central and convenient location. Depending on how far in advance you book, you can pick up a room from the amazing price of £25 a night. We paid £39 a night (still great value for central London) and they go up to a maximum of £59 a night it seems - although looking at the website again in the last few weeks to try and get a room for another stay, it seems that they pretty much sell out before they get too expensive - the key is to book as far in advance as possible, to ensure there is availability and you pay the lowest price possible. So, I was intrigued what I would actually get for my money. As it was only £39 per room, my friend and I had booked a room each and to be honest I was very glad we had as two sharing would have been particularly cosy, fine for couples but not ideal for plutonic friends! Approaching the building it looks like every other house on the street, its one of the classic georgian style town houses with big steps up to the front door, you have to ring a bell to get in (until you have your room key, which acts as a front door card too) and then reception is on your left, just inside. In the reception area they have basic tea and coffee making kit so you can buy a drink, plenty of tourist info leaflets and it is from here you can pay to get a remote for the TV or book a room cleaning if you want one We were given two rooms next to each other on the top floor of this converted townhouse in Kensington. There are no lifts, so this meant a climb up four flights of stairs but this was hardly an issue when we had paid so little. Despite the fact I totally knew what I was getting, I was still highly amused by just HOW small the room actually was. There is a patch of floorspace measuring about 4 foot by 3 foot between the bed (which touches 3 of the 4 sides of the room) and the cubicle bathroom. There are some very useful hooks on the wall which is good because there really is nowhere to put anything, no shelves or cupboards at all. The bathroom is sort of genius and sort of hilarious in its design - but you can't fault it, everything works. It reminded me very much of a toilet on an aeroplane except slightly (very slightly) bigger with a shower opposite the loo. Make no mistakes, the minute you switch on the shower (which is powerful enough and has plenty of hot water) the entire bathroom will be wet. Make sure you do not leave any clothes lying around or they will get wet too (as I learned very quickly). The bathroom actually does have a shelf above the sink and a couple of nooks in which to put things which is useful, towels are also provided, I had one big towel and a hand towel which was fine for me on my own. The nice thing about staying in one of the windowless rooms is that the moment the lights are out it is so dark you actually cannot see a thing and the breaking dawn will not wake you at all. In fact I was a bit disoriented by the lack of light and surprised when I realised it was 9.30am. Check out is 10am so make sure you set an alarm! As there are no windows in many of the rooms, these rooms have controlled air con and circulation which clicks on and off as and when required, this is impressively quiet and unobtrusive and does its job quite well, despite the lack of window the room did not feel overly stuffy at all. Location wise this place is excellent, walking distance to both Earls Court and Gloucester Rd tube stations, surrounded by bars, pubs and restaurants, round the corner from a late opening Sainsbury's (for a cheap breakfast!) we could not have asked for any more. If you book early enough and dont mind economising on space and facilities, if you just literally want somewhere central to sleep, then this place is a gem!

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