Notting Hill Hostel
For those visiting London on a budget and looking for an alternative to a cheap hotel in Notting Hill, the Notting Hill Hostel offers fantastic value accommodation in the heart of the city. Set in a beautiful period building in Bayswater, surrounded by glorious mansions, quaint boutiques and fancy restaurants, you'll be surprised by how great the hostel's prices are.
The Bayswater location is fantastic too, just a short walk to Queensway where there is an array of shops, restaurants and cafes and Hyde Park, one of London's biggest open spaces. It is also right on the doorstep of the vibrant Notting Hill where the Notting Hill Carnival takes place every August, while the hubbub and flagship stores of Oxford Street are just a half-hour walk away. Literary fanatics should make sure they take a stroll to Portobello Market during their stay, keeping an eye out for the row of painted terraced houses on the way where George Orwell once lived.
Visitors wanting to head further afield need not worry as the hostel near Hyde Park is brilliantly connected to the rest of the city. The London Underground's District Line can be accessed from Bayswater tube station, while the Central Line is at nearby Queensway.
Notting Hill Hostel itself is a basic yet charming and friendly 25-room London hostel, perfect for younger travellers who are looking to stay somewhere on a shoestring. Guests have no curfew and can come and go as they please 24 hours a day, and there's always someone at the reception if you need something.
The hostel's welcoming staff are well versed when it comes to what's going on in London, whether that means somewhere to party or to soak up the culture, so always make sure to chat to them for recommendations if you don't know what to do. Meanwhile, if you are worn out from bounding around the city all day, then you can relax in the communal room and watch satellite TV or a film picked from the DVD library.
Double or twin rooms are available, but visitors can instead choose to book a bed in a shared dormitory - communal bathroom facilities are on every floor. There are plenty of amenities too, with safes for hire, an internet cafe, luggage storage and, most importantly, a free tea&coffee to start the day. You can prepare your own meals using the communal kitchen in the evenings if you want to save money rather than eat out.
If you are looking for a hostel near Hyde Park, London then the Notting Hill Hostel is a great place to stay. Its low rates ensure happy visitors keep coming back, which keeps it very busy, so make sure to book accommodation in advance to avoid missing out.