Finding a room for a family of 4 in London was hard generally and really expensive, that's why we looked to the YHA. Earls Court was our best option with young children. It's pretty close to the very useful District and Picadilly tube lines which meant we could take the tube from Heathrow and get to a lot of the well-known attractions very easily. Earls Court is a lovely area generally. I hadn't stayed in a hostel since I was a child buy my husband's done the back-packing thing and reckons Earls Court is pretty special. Our private 4-bed room had two bunks, a basin/mirror, sufficient space to move around, a bathroom next door and (importantly in winter) a radiator that was turned on all night! I was really dreading super-efficient hotels that might insist on turning the heating off at night. Not sure that any of them would do that, but coming from Queensland in the summer made me pretty afraid of a cold bedroom! We had a little offshoot on the second floor where there were four bedrooms only (probably all set-up like ours) and they each had a bathroom next door to them. Frankly, they may as well knock the walls through and call them en suite. We basically had our own bathroom anyway. The bathrooms were very clean and light. My only complaint is the fixed shower heads that I usually find in hotels etc which leaves you getting your hair wet when you don't want it to.
Reception area is great with a wonderful choice of snack breakfasts available and a really good coffee machine. The staff bent over backwards to make my coffee how I like it after we realised that Australian coffee terms are a bit different to British. An apparent added complication is that the European continent have slightly different uses of the same terms too. I was REALLY surprised and delighted to see that all (or nearly all?) of the snack foods available were fairtrade if not organic too, yet the prices were totally reasonable. The lounge area was a nice place to share croissants, yoghurt, other pastries, breakfast bars and flapjacks and coffee with my family on each of our two mornings.
My only complaint about this YHA was that the basement 'locker room' was two floors down and we were eventually given a room on the second floor and I didn't see a lift anywhere. However, I was just pleased that they let us leave our suitcases there so early, having arrived at Heathrow at 5:30am and the YHA having a check-in time of 2pm. This allowed us to make use of our first day rather than sit around waiting to check in. We didn't use any of the kitchen facilities or even put our head in the door so I can't comment on that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A great backpackers hostel, the modern facilities in this lovely Victorian building make a convenient base for a cheap city break. Whether you’re in London to explore the attractions or just attending a gig at the nearby Olympia or Earls Court exhibition centres, the location is perfect. This west London Youth Hostel offers cheap accommodation near to the vibrant city centre. The area has a cosmopolitan feel and is close to Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, the Natural History Museum and the Royal Albert Hall - great for a weekend break ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- London Earl`s Court Yha Hotel London
- YHA London Earl's Court England