Hotel Lily has two massive advantages; 1. affordability and 2. location. It is a budget hotel and for a budget hotel the facilities were adequate. Do not book this hotel if you are looking for luxury, somewhere to chill and unwind or any kind of 'service'. However, if you need affordable, basic accommodation in an excellent location this hotel offers exactly that.
We payed approx £70 for a basic double room. From the website photos I think it was a newly re-furbished room, and was therefore adequate in terms of cleanliness, although still shabby:
Very, very small but contained all basics - bed (bedding was old/cheap but clean) bedside table, wardrobe, foot stool and desk, TV, very basic tea/coffee making facilities. Only one double plug socket available for use in room (including plugging in TV and kettle). No temperature control, windows opened slightly but in extreme weather room probably gets very hot or very cold.
Functional but nothing special and looks worn out although think it has been upgraded (cheaply). Toilet, sink and bath were all clean. Shower was hot and powerful. Had to go back down to Reception and ask for towels (clean but thin fabric). Only toiletries provided are 2 tiny bars of soap.
Included in price - one glass of orange juice, one cup coffee/tea, toast with butter/jam/marmalade packs, 'full' English was one sausage, one bacon rasher, one fried egg, beans. We ate breakfast the first morning and it was quite greasy but just about ok if you're not fussy about food. We chose not to eat breakfast at the hotel the second day.
Friendly and polite on our arrival and departure (check in/check out very straight-forward and quick) and also at breakfast. However didn't really see much of them at all.
This hotel is not particularly quiet. Doors bang and crash inside the hotel and quite a bit of noise can be heard outside, so probably not for light sleepers, but this did not keep us awake.
Excellent. Very short walk from District/Circle line Earls Court Tube (Warwick Street exit, turn left, turn right at traffic lights onto Eardley, then right at end of road, Hotel Lily on left) and is even closer to District line West Brompton tube station. Can take short, direct tube route to/from Paddington Station.
Would I stay again? It is definitely not a hotel I would choose to use again if I was on holiday or looking to treat myself, however it is in an excellent location and is affordable so I probably would stay again if, for example, I was staying over after an event because it was more convenient than travelling home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you are looking for cheap hotels in Kensington then Hotel Lily is THE place for you. Comfortable and only a minute’s walk from the West Brompton Tube Station, Hotel Lily aims to please with its cheap rooms and warm, attentive staff. ... more less
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