If you’re looking for accommodation on a budget in London, don’t brush aside the thought of booking a hostel. Gone are the days of bare and austere rooms with flaking enamel painted bedframes, dimly lit shared bathrooms and strict ‘no entry after 11pm’ rules. Hostels have now started to change beyond all recognition and are as likely to be booked by a high-flying professional as they are the adventurous single traveller exploring the wonders of London.
To prove this, a recent poll put together the Top 10 Hippest Hostels. The list looked at facilities, features and accommodation. They found amazing examples of private suites, cool bars and luxury bathrooms in stunning surroundings, still with the fantastic low prices associated with hostels, central London and elsewhere in the world.
There are now a number of old buildings across the capital which are being converted to overnight accommodation, with the results offering the weary traveller an amazing place to sleep after a day sightseeing places such as Trafalgar Square, The Mall, Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus.
One of the top 10 listed in the list of funkiest places to stay for very little cash was Palmers Lodge, located close to Swiss Cottage tube. This amazing Victorian building is Grade II listed and is named after biscuit magnate Samuel Palmer. He was the driving force behind the Huntley and Palmer biscuit empire and it has been refurbished to offer national and international travellers the very best luxury hostel London can provide.
Palmers Lodge makes a memorable first impression as you approach this red-bricked, arch fronted piece of architectural grandeur and as you step inside, you’ll instantly know that you’ve left the world of plastic café seats, badly fitting bedroom locks and oddly-musty smelling bathrooms well and truly behind as you view the grandly sweeping solid wood and thickly carpeted staircases which await your stay. On check in, the friendly staff will answer any questions you have and you will be allocated your room. For those on the top floor, they will see and feel the beauty of the old wooden stairs as they climb to their room with a view.
With a unique 9 double-bedded room on offer as just one of the many accommodation options, the hostel offers free fans for the rooms in warm weather and plenty of security for your valuables. You can enjoy breakfast on their outside courtyard before heading off to grab the tube to nearby Regent’s Park and London Zoo.
As you settle down to sleep, you’ll see why this accommodation was voted as being so hip. With majestic high ceilings, it also has a cool party atmosphere and there are even private double rooms with ensuite facilities and artisan interior design for a fraction of the cost of any of the nearby hotels.
With complimentary tea and coffee on offer during the day along with croissants and juice for breakfast, the only way to round off this perfect stay would be to play a game of pool in the comfortable lounge and bar area or to sit and watch the world go by in a vintage leather club chair.
With hostels such as Palmers Lodge and the other nine cutting-edge centres of accommodation excellence showing how it can be done when offering beds for the budget traveller, other hostel establishments around the world should sit up and take note before they find their beds are empty and the backpackers of the world have moved to more trendy places to stay.