What we cover:1. The 5 Stars of Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage
2. How to book and compare rates
3. Neighborhood and location
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Let us proudly introduce the Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage Hostel as our new 5 Star Hostel in London! The city of London is a serious British attraction and we at Hostelgeeks have worked hard to find you the hippest and coolest hostel in London to make your stay an even more memorable one.
This recently renovated Victorian mansion boasts charm, comfort, and creativity that will have you saying “this is so wonderfully, typically English”.
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An award winning team go out of their way to welcome their guests and the many social areas are a great way to meet new, like-minded travelers. It’s not just the Eco-friendly efforts and the super cool décor that make this Palmer Lodge Swiss Cottage superb, but also the fascinating history and design of the building – check out star #2 about the hostels design!
The location is favorable, with easy access to the London Underground and an option to park in the secure bay (at the hostel) during your stay. Without further ado, let’s have a closer look at why this hostel has hit our criteria so brilliantly.
Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage is a 5 Star Hostel, because…
1. Proud to be Green and Sustainable
Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage is proud to be green and they boast a whole range of environment friendly, energy efficient solutions. Their efforts have wowed Trip Advisor and in return they have been awarded with the Green Leaders Silver level. Why I hear you ask? Light bulbs have been replaced with LED energy savers, recycling bins can be found in every corridor and common area and only toiletries with organic ingredients are used.
Not only that, but water restrictors have been installed on showers – it won’t decrease your shower time, it simple requires a push of the button for continued water flow and will help reduce water wastage. Just with this little improvement, they are able to save dozens of liters of water every day!
This hostel also practices towel and linen re-use during your stay and the best part is that your bed will be ready made for you upon arrival, you know, just in case you’re feeling a bit tired after your travels. Need we say more? Let’s jump to the aesthetic design part.
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2. Restored Victorian Grade II Building – the Design
One of the most eye catching things about this 5 Star Hostel in London is the building itself. Built in 1880/81 this Victorian grade II listed building has a rather interesting history. It was originally home to Samuel Palmer of Huntley & Palmers Biscuits before it became a hospital during WW2. After its abandonment for almost 50 years, it was re-opened in 2006 and received a fantastic refurbishment by the architect Robert O’Hara.
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It was substantial to say the least but we think he has done a jaw-dropping job of restoring it to the original condition and Swiss Cottage Hostel has won awards because of his efforts. We cannot forget to mention the wooden bunk beds that have been specifically designed with privacy in mind – enjoy a personal curtain and storage space underneath the bed.
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The abundance of wood, brick and quirky furniture all work together to give this hostel a real Victorian feel which we’re sure you’ll love as much as we do.
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3. Step back in time – Unique flair and armored knight
What makes this hostel a unique London stay?
Great care has been taken to furnish the spacious rooms to the highest standards with top quality wooden bunks and secure storage facilities, not to mention full CCTV coverage for extra security. A lot of effort has been put in to the building – inside and out – to bring together the unique Victorian era vibe with 21st century London.
Walking through the door really is like a step back in time, especially when you find yourself being greeted by the shiny full-armored Knight in the hallway! This is why the Swiss Cottage London is a unique accommodation.
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4. Warm and friendly for everyone
With so many awesome common areas to hang out in, it’s no wonder that Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage has such a warm vibe about the place. There’s a bar and restaurant on site; a perfect place to meet new people and join in their themed nights, or perhaps the occasional arranged pub crawl.
The lounge room is full of comfy sofas, is decorated like a super charming hostel and is a perfect place to chill out with a book. When summer comes around don’t miss out on the newly renovated conservatory and patio area which is perfect BBQ territory and a great way to build up some energy before having ago on the Wii or trying your chances at a game of pool.
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5. Best Customer Service – the staff
The dedicated team at Swiss Cottage Hostel London get 5 stars from us, and from their guests! And it’s no surprise when the hostel has received ‘Best Customer Service’ two consecutive years in a row (2012-2013) from different booking platforms. Staff members are from all over the world and there are often extra interns helping out on reception to ensure their guests get all the attention they need.
It’s the little things that matter most: expect ready-made beds upon arrival, whether you are early or late, it’s all included in the price. Reception is open 24hrs and the staff are always readily available to answer any questions or provide you with a cool itinerary whilst you’re in London.
Oh and if you fancy seeing a theater show whilst you’re here, talk to the team and collect your tickets from reception – easy and hassle free!