Stage1: sleep in a hostel in London

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August 2012

Now back from my trip to London which was just great, I shall then go over in greater detail starting with the accommodation -namely the hostel. For me this was the first time I stayed in this type of establishment and I must say I am impressed. To choose our hostel we went through several forums, websites, reviews and our choice was Palmers Lodge, they have two hostels in London and we opted for the Swiss Cottage one, with its unusual appearance that conquered us. The hostel is located at a 5 minute walk from the metro (Jubilee Line) and at a 10 minute walk from the Metropolitan Line direct from St. Pancras station, so it was ideal when we arrived with large suitcases!

Staff and services aside, the inn holds the certificate of “No.1 staff and services” as to say this is the best! The staff is very friendly and did not hesitate to help you (even when you do not speak perfect English) there is someone at the desk 24/7. You can breakfast eat as is included with the room -this was the only downside- it is not a typical English breakfast but you will simply hot/cold drinks at will, cereals, croissants and bread sliced grilled. For lunch the restaurant is not open, but you can bring your own food and eat in there, and in the evening it is the same thing but the restaurant is open and furthermore, the chef dishes are exquisite and large portions! For relaxation there is a TV lounge with computers, unlimited WiFi, sofas and a TV available. Next to the restaurant there is also the bar only open in the evening, again very friendly with themes for each night.

To sleep, you can opt for private rooms -or more fun and more typical of hostels- dormitories ranging from 3 to 28 beds mixed or private! We opted for a mixed dorm 28 beds (the cheapest) and on arrival we found ourselves upgraded to a mixed dormitory with 12 beds for the same price (much better). There is not much noise at night, much less than I had imagined, room access is secured with a key-card, there are available boxes for clothes (bring a padlock) under the beds, there is a light, two plugs (without travel adapters) and a small night stand.

Not to be disturbed by the light, curtains around the beds are genius (except when your downstairs neighbour decides to sleep with the lights on!).

Prices: we were 4 and we paid £207 each or about €260 including breakfast in the middle of August for 6 nights, I conclude that issue price/quality ratio hostel is at the top and I will not hesitate to return: comfort, originality and usability!

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