As my expenses budget didn't stretch as far as a London city centre hotel I opted to have a look into hostels. I haven't stayed in one since a school trip and was apprehensive about the reviews for most.
I booked one of the private en suite rooms and was given 108. This is a very light airy space with a double bed and shower bathroom.
It was very clean.
The location was also fantastic. I was working on Oxford Street and was able to get the tube from Queensway (in the street behind the hostel) on a morning then walk back through the parks (Hyde and Kensington) on an evening.
It was very safe. You need to ring a bell outside and have staff buzz you in if they know you're staying there or need to check in.
The staff were very friendly and approachable!
I had to check out on the morning but wasn't leaving til later that night and they provided a safe room for my luggage until I finished work.
My only troubles were that it was very warm so it would have been great if there's been fans to hire. Also the curtains didn't totally cover the windows so it was very bright first thing (which isn't an issue when you've to be up at 6am anyway!).
You will need to pay to hire a towel so it may be an idea to pack one!
I had planned on staying at a hotel when I visit again for fashion week and more business in September but I will definitely be back! Thank you :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- However long you're staying and whatever you want to accomplish, you'll find everything you need right here at Gallery Hyde Park. We are now offering: Free breakfast Free Wi-Fi throughout the entire building Free linen Free Safes 24 hour reception We are located in a newly refurbished Victorian building just two minutes walk from Queensway and Bayswater stations giving you easy access to the Central, Circle and District lines. And, most importantly, making it really easy for you to find us. What's more, the stunning Hyde Park is practically on our front door just waiting for you to explore it. We're only a few minutes from the famous Portobello Road, complete with markets, bars and restaurants. And if shopping's your thing the world-famous Oxford Street is just a short bus (24hrs) or tube ride away and so is Piccadilly Circus. When you're traveling, life rarely runs on time and a friendly face can be just what you need at two o'clock in the morning. That's why you'll find a 24-hour reception, complete with awesome, helpful receptionists. Along with free luggage storage and free safes to ensure you can enjoy your holidays on your schedules. Please note: We are a backpacker hostel and therefore cater strictly for the 18 to 35 year old age bracket only. A passport or government photo ID is required upon check in. Check-in from 14:00 Check-out by 10.30am We accept payment by cash & credit card. Cancellation policy - 48 hours. ... more less
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