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Smart and simple design combined with affordability and practicality
Base2stay Kensington is a small 63-room hotel with an emphasis on practical and affordable travel -- without sacrificing comfort. Their primary concept of “smart luxury” translates to affordable, stylish, comfortable rooms in a prime location. The hotel also has a three-point sustainability policy centered on social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
The lobby is minimal and stylish, while clean, simple room decor and smart layouts help to maximize space, guest comfort and convenience: There are kitchenettes in all rooms and oversize showers. Most rooms may be a tad on the small side, there might be spotty Wi-Fi at times, and there are no in-house dining facilities, but emphasis on affordability and practicality without sacrificing comfort may be a winning combination for some travelers.
Just three minutes’ walk from Earl’s Court station, in fashionable Kensington
Earl’s Court is a more ethnically mixed population compared to the rest of Kensington: This area predominantly consists of local residents and workers meandering through the streets. Base2stay itself is located on a side residential street, which means you’ll have peace and quiet away from the busy main street.
Smart and simple, with guest comfort and convenience in mind
Rooms are clean and comfortable with neutral oak furniture and chocolate-hued carpets -- while they won’t be winning any design awards, they have been designed to maximize space, guest comfort, and convenience.
Proactive green policies throughout, ample discount coupons to local businesses
For those traveling on a budget, the 63-room Base2stay is an ultra-affordable option in a decent area of Kensington. A non-pretentious attitude toward saving money, proactive eco policies, and smartly designed rooms are some definite perks -- and may very well make the relatively small size of the rooms and the occasionally spotty Wi-Fi reception bearable downsides.