We have been planning for the last few months to go to London. Kaitlin and Jack have never been before and they are both super excited. We are going for 2 nights and 3 days and will travel down on the train from Manchester. Myself and Neil have been several times both for work and pleasure but never really seen the sights properly. We have lots planned already but still time for more planning and to fit even more into our trip.
We have been researching deals and prices for a while to make the trip affordable. The first thing we came across was the National Railcard for families. This allowed us to book tickets at a discounted price. We have secured return tickets for all 4 of us travelling peak time Friday morning for £116 (had I waited a few more weeks we could of saved a further £18 but I was keen to book and pay early). We travel from Manchester with Virgin trains and will arrive in London about 11.30am Friday morning. A great tip when booking tickets in advance is register for notification when the discounted prices come out this is usually about 12 weeks before the date. Without the Railcard the ticket price booking on 4th Jan 17 would have been £222.00 so we have already covered the £30 cost of the railcard in this one trip.
Our plan is to the use the tube to get to our hotel. Well it’s actually a premium hostel in a listed building. We are staying at Safestay London Holland Park. This stunning hostel consists of 3 buildings, including the East Wing of the park’s original Jacobean building and surrounds its own private courtyard garden.
We are staying in a private family room with 4 beds and en suite bathroom. This room costs £220 for 2 nights for our total stay. Bed prices can start from around £20 if you are happy to share a dorm. Using a hostel like this is a great way to help keep costs down. I think I would definitely consider it in future especially if all 6 of us are going but I will know for sure when we stay in a few weeks.
Safestay London Holland Park has a variety of rooms on offer, from private rooms with en-suite facilities, to dormitories of all sizes ranging from 4, 6 and 15 bunks all the way up to 33 beds. Some private rooms have double beds whilst some dormitories have triple bunks that are ideal for group bookings.
Even though it is a Hostel it still has great facilities and is very much like a hotel. I was extremely surprised when I read this as it was not what I thought a hostel would be like.
Towels are not provided unless you book a private room. You can however hire and buy them should you need to. Breakfast is also available at a cost of £4 per person, it is a continental style breakfast so pastries, cereals, meats and fruit juices. Perfect for Kaitlin and Jack as they love that kind of breakfast and £4 I think is a great price. I know we will definitely be having it on Sunday morning as it will set the kids up for their visit to KidZania.
I have taken the time to read lots of reviews online about Safestay. So far I have been really pleased with what I have read. I have no concerns about it being a hostel and staying with the kids. The reviews have all said its a great place to stay.