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Palmers Lodge - Swiss Cottage

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#47 of 1,553 Specialty lodging in London
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Welcome to the multiple award winning boutique backpackers Palmers Lodge, where you can experience Victorian elegance in the former home of Samuel Palmer, of the Huntley and Palmer's biscuit empire. Built in 1881, this substantial house has been restored to its original glory in order to offer our guests not just budget accommodation but also a unique experience during their stay in London.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Non-smoking hotel
Public Wifi
Self-Serve Laundry
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Family Rooms
Non-smoking rooms
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This was my first time staying at a hostel so I was very hesitant about a lot of things but Palmers Lodge definitely exceeded or met my expectations. Their staff is super friendly and helpful and they definitely want the best for their guests (Josh especially at the front desk, answering my 10 million questions) . They go above and beyond to make sure you are having the best stay possible. I originally booked the 28 mixed room, which I didn't expect to have older guests in (didn't expect them in the hostel in general, but that's on me now on Palmers Lodge), and the first night was a bit too much for me and that's more on me as a person and less on Palmers. For one or two nights, first-timers at a hostel probably could do the 28 mixed, but it also comes back to you as a person. Even though there were 28 people in that room, it didn't necessarily feel like it. It was pretty big even though it was bunk beds everywhere. I wish there were more outlets though. I also found out I'm not a fan of bunk beds on this trip lol (felt very claustrophobic and hot at times). The room (or at least where my bed was) was hot while I was here and it was difficult to sleep at night. Anyways, after the first night, I coughed up more money (wasn't as much as I expected it to be) and moved to a much spacious private room that surpassed my expectations. I had my outlets, I had a bigger bed, I had my privacy, and I didn't even mind it being by the bar or anything. I'm not a heavy sleeper but I didn't have a problem with it and the noise was gone by 12 or so. The showers were actually much cleaner than I expected. The kitchen is small so not many people can access it at one time and they can't expand it (there's a law against it), but it works. The most important takeaway from Palmers Lodge is that you definitely get a bit more than what you paid for whether you get a mixed, females-only, or private room. It's a hostel at the end of the day, but they do a lot to make them competitive with hotels and Airbnbs in the area. The hostel itself is in a great location -- about 4 minutes from the Swiss Cottage underground station and another 4-5 minutes from the Finchley Road Station (underground and coach -- coach is great if you're coming and going from Stansted). I don't really have any complaints for this place, just that in the private room, the wifi could get a little spotty at times. It was convenient, charming, and I hope to someday come back with some friends so they can see what Palmers Lodge is about! Thanks to all!!
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Property's Favorite Review
Great place, near to the tube station! I loved to stay at the Palmers Lodge!! very kind staff. clean rooms and cleaned toilets. breakfast is complete and at a very convenient price. the city center is easily reachable by metro. the station is only a few hundred meters away
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Response from PalmersLodgeSC, Front Office Manager at Palmers Lodge - Swiss Cottage
Responded Jan 17, 2019
Hi there 454veronicam! Thank you for your brilliant review. We hope to see you again very soon. Take care, Lina, Reception Team
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My local friend recommended this place and now I will recommend it to my friends. I stayed at the hostel for 4 nights with my daughter. Our room was small but clean -and the beds were so good to sleep. Honestly, what else do you do in your hostel room than sleep, while you are on a holiday? Breakfast was good at British standards and the price was reasonable. The staff was nice and helpful. The only minus comes for the internet connection, which didn't work very well. Definitely I will come back here next time I visit London. Tube and bus connections were near and convenient.
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The guys at the reception have all the patience to explain on how to get around the city etc The beds are comfortable and quiet rooms. Shower rooms are clean and the housekeeping staff clean and efficient. There's also entertainment at the bar so you'll make friends and actually never get bored
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Every few months I visit London and this place is my home away from home. This is the 4th time I’ve stayed here. I even booked a different hostel once and hated so much that I had leave and stay here. Everyone is friendly, the place is homely and clean and the beds are nice and accommodating. Seriously cannot recommend enough. my face lights up everytime I turn the corner with my little suitcase. So many shops around it as well. Just perfect place really Insta @barely.brown
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Response from PalmersLodgeSC, Receptionist at Palmers Lodge - Swiss Cottage
Responded 4 days ago
Dear Guest, Cheers for leaving a review for us. We are happy to hear you liked our facilities and location. We also appreciate you found your several stays in Palmers cozy. You are always welcome to stay with us. The best, Kasia - Reception Team
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$19 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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