A short walk from the Victoria & Albert Museum and Hyde Park, this stripped-down hotel stocks its rooms with amenities that are truly useful—including kitchenettes and large bathrooms.

By Alex Robinson, Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008, 4:44 PM


About this Hotel

Price From $157

'Hood South Kensington/Earls Court, within easy walking distance of the Natural History Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Harrods, and Hyde Park.

First Impression Base2Stay was opened last April by Robert Nadler, a developer tired of paying for amenities he never used, like gyms and restaurants. What's left are central A/C, flat-screen TVs, and soft linens. (The concept is similar to that of another London hotel, the Hoxton.)

Rooms Each of the 67 rooms has a kitchenette tucked neatly behind a pair of doors. Food can be ordered from nearby restaurants through the free in-room TV Internet service. Large bathrooms and great light also make the hotel good for long stays.

Plus Rooms have handmade Italian armchairs that fold out to sleep one or two additional people, at no extra charge.

Minus Although guests praise the beds' comfort, standard doubles have beds that are only five feet wide. Higher classes of rooms have six-foot beds.

Details Rooms from $157 (£107).

Loading Comments...