easyHotel South Kensington
14 Lexham Gardens, London, United Kingdom
Doubles from: $48 to $148
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Run by the same company that brought us the budget airline easyJet, the zero-star easyHotel South Kensington offers 34 jaw-droppingly simple and cheap rooms, housed (rather incongruously) in a mansion near Earls Court. As with the airline, you’ll pay for any extras.
Pros: Super-Cheapo. Chic location. Air conditioned rooms.
Cons: Tiny rooms and bathrooms. Extras charges galore. Most rooms without windows.
The ultra-budget easyHotel chain, run by the same company as budget carrier easyJet, should really only be considered by hard-core Cheapos. Why? Let’s start with the fact that none of the tiny rooms (save three) have windows, and that the low, low rates don’t cover any extras. It’s run, you see, with the same “nothing including” philosophy as the airline. This does mean, however, that if you lower your demands, you can sleep for very little.
The rooms themselves are truly minimalist. They’re quite small and air conditioned, and furnished with a duvet-covered bed, lighting, pay-per-view television (£5 per day) and not much else. The pod-like bathrooms are prefab and completely unadorned. They do have orange floors and sinks, and only soap by way of toiletries. Extra towels cost £1 each.
The easyHotel South Kensington makes no excuses for what it is. It even rather cheekily plays on its simplicity: The orange guest room doors announce, “a very small room,” while bathroom doors read, “a tiny loo.” At least they’re honest! (Seriously, anyone who’s even moderately claustrophobic should not even consider staying here. You will most likely lose it.)
Like the airline, most extras will cost you. Want a window? You’ll pay the top rate. Need your room cleaned? That’s an additional £10. Breakfast? Wi-Fi? TV? You’ll pay for all of it.
Extra charges aside, we have to admit that we love the concept. Our Cheapo souls are warmed by the fact that, if you don’t have huge demands, you can still snag a clean, private double room here for as little as £29 per night!
Booking can only be done online, on the easyHotel website. Also, note that the rates are per room. (There isn’t any distinction made between single, doubles, twins, etc.)
Reviewed by: Tom Meyers, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
14 Lexham Gardens
South Kensington, London, United Kingdom
About the easyHotel South Kensington neighborhood
Sandwiched between the posh neighborhoods of Kensington and Chelsea (and next to Earls Court), South Kensington is home to quite a few sightseeing gems, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. A wealthy neighborhood, South Kensington is a bit livelier (and cheaper) than adjacent hoods thanks to the students and tourists on its streets.