Budget Hotels, Expensive Cities: London

by Justin Ocean

Base2Stay, Kensington, London

No longer a secret among jet-setters on coach class credit, this 67-room white stucco town house nevertheless remains a solid choice, offering spectacular value pound for pound and having practically pioneered the London trendlet of snug but stylish sleeps (Bijou Doubles for £113 and Luxe Bunks from £111). Dispensing with the frills (there's no gym, restaurant, bar, lounge area, etc.), Base2Stay instead focuses on 24-hour concierge and creature comforts in the crisp cocoa-and-cream rooms, such as heated towel racks, AC, aromatherapeutic toiletries, free Wi-Fi, strong showers, and flat-screen TVs. Efficient kitchenettes encourage self-catering and beds double as dining room, as most setups are typical "London size" (a.k.a. small but adequate). Independent-minded travelers and small families don't check in for full service or in-room entertaining but rather for location, cleanliness, and nighttime comfort. The Victoria & Albert and Natural History museums are nearby, and the Earl's Court and Gloucester Road Tube stations make exploring tony Kensington and Central London sites a breeze. Our favorite amenity? Electric car rental. Tooling through left-sided traffic snarls is an intrepid, memorable way to spend £4 an hour.

25 Courtfield Gardens
London, England
Tel: 44 20 7244 2255

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