We spent a weekend seeing the sights of London recently. We used Safestay Holland Park as our base which is located a 10 minute walk from Holland Park Tube station. The hostel is located in a park and you can access it from the park or 24 hours a day via the cycle path. When we arrived at the hostel we checked in and our room was ready. Normal check in is 2pm we arrived about 12.30. This was fab for us as we could just dump our bags and make our way out. They do have a secure luggage store to use should your room not be ready.
I was extremely surprised by the room and the facilities. We had a bunk bed with a double on the bottom, single on top and another single bed. A large tv on the wall with a really good selection of channels, an en suite bathroom with shower. The shower was super powerful, lovely and warm and if you stand with you hand on the button it flows continuously.
The first night it took a while to all get settled as the room above us we’re quite loud moving around. Our room was number 16 in what I would describe as the new building. Once it hit about 11pm all was quiet and we had no further issues. I suppose this is part of travelling and hostel life especially if you are in a room with other travellers coming and going all the time. We all slept well and the beds were comfortable with quilts and pillows on each bed.
Each bed has its own plug socket and night light and the room itself has a small night light that doesn’t go off. Its not really bright though and is just enough for people to see what they are doing if you are sharing a dorm with other travellers. Because our room was a private room we didn’t have privacy curtains on the beds however if your in a dorm each bed has curtains surrounding the bed for privacy which I really like the idea of. To read more about Safestay Holland Park facilities, prices and booking check out our pre travel post.
Saturday morning we woke about 8am and Jack was starving so wanted to sample the breakfast offering. Kaitlin and Neil stayed in the room to get ready. Breakfast is an additional cost of £4 per person. If you want to get on with your day I would highly recommend it. They had cereal boxes (cornflakes, Frosties, coco pops and crunchy nut), toast, ham and cheese, yoghurt in various flavours, pastries. Also they had coffee machines offering coffee, hot chocolate, tea. You can also get fresh fruit and fruit juice. All breakfast is on a self serve basis and you can eat as much as you want so its a great way to start the day.
The cafe has plenty of seating areas and also the news was on TV both mornings on a large tv. Around the room are plenty of plug points for charging laptops and phones. You can use the cafe area throughout the day and night until midnight when it closes for the evening. They serve filter coffee and offer a limited menu of snack meals. These are great if you want something cheap and cheerful. There is free Wifi throughout the hostel and the details could be found on the café menu board.
The hostel has 3 rooms that you can chill out in and socialise. There are computers with internet access, a cash machine and pool table to keep you entertained. We found the people very sociable and it was great to show my daughter how people travel alone round Europe as we sat next to a lady from Germany and a gentleman from France talking and chatting away who were then joined by and English lady in London to do a 10k run. All 3 had just booked a bed in a room and the gentleman and lady running were sharing a room. Kaitlin was amazed that they shared rooms like that and found it fascinating seeing two girls around 19 with backpacks setting off on their next venture with just big backpacks and a small handbag.
I loved how friendly the staff and other travellers were. It was great to see that side of travelling something I never had the chance to do when younger. I had researched the internet before travelling for reviews especially as I had Kaitlin and Jack with me. One review I found mentioned the access path and how it was very dark and unsafe but as you can see from the picture below it was actually well lit and well used. We had no issues even though I had taken some small torches just in case. I felt safe walking up the path and did walk it alone with the children on Saturday evening as Neil made his way back earlier due to not feeling well.
Another review discussed the fact there is no communal kitchen but this again didn’t really worry us because we had planned to eat out. I did see other travellers with pasta salads and things they had purchased from the Tesco next to the tube station, there is also a Sainsbury’s, and Waitrose within walking distance. You can eat these in the café area whilst socialising with a coffee etc so again not really a big issue if you are trying to keep costs low.
Overall we had a great time at Safetstay Holland Park. We weren’t in the hostel much as the idea of travelling is getting out and about and seeing the sites not sitting in the hostel. It was a great base for sleeping and showering and if I was a lone traveller I would have been really happy with the facilities and location. Safetstay is a recommended accommodation partner of KidZania and being only 1 tube stop away or a short walk depending on how you feel I can understand why. Its great for larger groups or families like ours as well as lone travellers. I would certainly consider staying here again if travelling to London and will be looking in to Safestays other locations in Edinburgh and York for further family trips,.
To check prices and availability visit Safestay Holland Park Website.