easyHotel South Kensington
14 Lexham Gardens, London, United Kingdom star
Doubles from: $66 to $83
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
EasyGroup, the parent company of easyJet and many other ventures, now also includes hotels in its empire. The chain has established outposts in various European countries and offers a handful of London locations. The two-star easyHotel South Kensington has 34 private rooms, all fit into a gorgeous mansion located between the Gloucester and Earls Court Tube stations.
As with the airline, it’s the basics all the way at the easyHotel, with all the extras costing you, well, extra. But there are elements of style and the low rates are about as low as they’re going to go in London.
Pros: Super-Cheapo. Great location.
Cons: Tiny rooms and bathrooms. Additional charges for just about everything. No elevator.
Anyone who’s ever flown easyJet can attest to the simple yet overwhelming easyGroup color scheme. It involves bright orange—and lots of it. One could be forgiven for assuming that easyHotel’s rooms would overwork the orange. Thankfully, restraint leads the way. Bedroom walls sport a noticeable strip of orange, but these merely accent and “brand” the space.
The result is surprisingly subdued, even subtle. The rooms themselves are truly minimalist. You’ve got a duvet-covered bed, lighting, the pay-per-view television (£5 per day) and not much else (including extra space).
The pod-like bathrooms are prefab and completely unadorned. They do have orange floors and sinks, but again there’s none of the full-on orange assault we feared. Toiletries are limited to soap, and there is no hair dryer. 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.”
The hotel functions in a manner almost identical to easyJet. By this we mean that only the basics are covered. Everything else requires an extra charge. The very cheap starting rate will typically get you a windowless room. It costs an additional £10 to have your room cleaned. And booking can only be done online, on the easyHotel site.
The reception is open 24 hours and there is a vending machine on hand. Breakfast, needless to say, is not included, nor is Wi-Fi. Note that the hotel does not have an elevator.
On balance, we have to admit that we love the concept. Our Cheapo souls are warmed by the fact that you can snag a clean, private double room here for as little as £45 per night.
Reviewed by: Alex Robertson Textor, 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.
- No Elevator
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Vending Machines
- 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.