65-67 Queen’s Gate, London, United Kingdom star
Doubles from: $127 to $160
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The only London outpost of a small German hostel chain, the Meininger Hotel London Hyde Park is a hotel/hostel hybrid offering affordable, immaculate rooms (dorms and privates) and easy proximity to Hyde Park.
Pros: Impeccably clean. Fantastic value. Convenient location. Elevator.
Cons: Basic (more hostel than hotel). Can pick up noise from other guests. Dorm guests must pay to rent towels.
Rooms at the Meininger are streamlined and maintain the spic-and-span mood so familiar in budget lodgings throughout the German-speaking countries. Think spartan simplicity, minimal furnishings and floors so clean you could slurp scrambled eggs off of them without worry (no, we didn’t do this—but we could...).
Furniture is blonde, duvets are perky and every bed is blessed with a tiny package of gummie candies. The Meininger’s private singles and doubles have air conditioning and a television and private bathroom. Dorms, which sleep up to 12 people, are also available with these amenities, although the cheapest rooms lack them.
Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the Museum of Natural History.
Singles, doubles and some dorms have private bathrooms, while the cheapest rooms share facilities.
In their rounded plastic, the cramped bathrooms resemble ship quarter lavatories, down to the little sign emphasizing that the water from the faucet is not potable. Towels are only included with a private room rental (dormitory guests can rent towels at reception).
The Meininger shares a building with the British Scouting organization, which has offices and meeting rooms in the building. Appropriately, rooms are decorated with scouting posters, and common areas feel ever so slightly like scouting indoctrination holding cells. (Not really, but you get our drift.)
Although the nightly rates seem a bit high for what is essentially a hostel with some perks, the Meininger is a great pick for guests who are moved by hygienic simplicity over musty British guesthouse charm.
Wi-Fi is free for the first hour and then costs £5 per day. Breakfast costs an additional £4.50 (if you reserve before arrival, it’s £4). Bonus: The Meninger has an elevator (a rarity in London budget hotels).
The Meininger boasts a superb location just across from the Natural History Museum and a short walk from Hyde Park and a number of other attractions. For jaunts farther afield, the Gloucester Road and South Kensington tube stations are both easily accessible.
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.
- Bike Parking
- Breakfast Extra Charge
- City tour
- Conference room
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Groups welcome
- Laundry Facilities
- Laundry Service
- Luggage Storage
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Office Center
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Safe at reception
- Swimming Pool
- Table Tennis
- Tourist information
- TV Lounge
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
- Internet Access
- Key Card Access
- Linen Included
65-67 Queen’s Gate
South Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7590 6910
About the Meininger Hotel 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.