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.

The infobox on Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage

  • How to book Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage?

    Check out the official website of Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage. Why? There you can get the lowest prices!

    Compare all rates at

  • Location Advantage and Neighborhood

    Swiss Cottage is located in a great London neighborhood that has plenty to offer including a cinema, pubs, restaurants, a shopping centre and even London zoo. If you want to explore further afield, that’s easy too – the hostel is situated in Zone 2 with a very short walk to 24 hour bus stops, tube stations and London Overground. The infamous Camden Market is also in walking distance and definitely worth a visit whilst you’re so close. If you fancy experiencing the nature side of this city, then we highly suggest talking a stroll to the beautiful Hampstead Heath park, which is said to have about the best view in London. For the serious shoppers out there, Oxford Street is just a tube ride away and Europe’s largest shopping centre, Westfield, is just one of the many more options for a great day out.

    How to get to Swiss Cottage:

    The Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage is very well connected, and easy to get to. „Swiss Cottage“ is the the nearest tube station, and the close-by Finchley Road Station is linked to the Metropolitan line. And hey, do you know what’s really awesome (and nerdy)? The Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage created videos for you to show you how to get to the Hostel. This makes it very, very easy for you. Visit the official website to get the directions to Swiss Cottage from the different airports, train stations, and metro stations.

    Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage, 40 College Crescent, Swiss Cottage, London, England
  • Secret London Tips

    5+2 Secret Tips for London - unique guide for free!

    Fancy some secret tips for London? We collected 5+2 great secret London Tips to let you enjoy and slow travel the British capital. We asked our followers and befriended bloggers on what is on in London and worth it to check out. Out of all these recommendations we picked the best ones. The result is a handy and unique guide with 5+2 recommendations. Find a cute little coffee place, a delicious spot to find some street food, a free view all over the city, and more!

    These Secret London Tips are completely for free. Type in your name and email, and we will send you inform you right away!
    Anna&Matt

    Find all our secret city guides here.

  • All room types at Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage

    Private Room Types available: Double Room, Twin Room, Quadruple Room

    Shared Room Types available: Starting from 4-Bed Dorms up to 28-Bed Dorms, Female-Dorms available

    Not sure what room to pick? Here is a full overview of hostel room types.

  • Guide to hostels

    We care about you and your hostel experience. Therefore, we created an ultimate guide to hostels, covering all topics around hosteling.

    The best hostels in Europe 2017

    Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage is also featured in the new eBook, highlighting the 127 best hostels in Europe 2017. It includes 10% discounts to all the greatest hostels. This lets you save more than $340 on accommodation.

    Get your own copy now!

    (free preview available)

    Best Hostels Europe 2017 + 10% discount

Fun Things to do in London

When staying at Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage, there are so many awesome things to do around. Here are the 3 top things to do in London.

For some of these activities you have to get your ticket in advance. Make sure you don't miss out!

Let us talk about our detailed Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage review.

This recently renovated Victorian mansion boasts charm, comfort, and creativity that will have you saying “this is so wonderfully, typically English”.

And that is just the tip of the iceberg. The younger brother-hostel is Palmers Lodge Hillspring, as well a 5 Star Hostel in London. We are Hostelgeeks, your independent gateway to the best hostels in the world, the 5 Star Hostels.

Do you have 1:20 min? This video shows you around our hostel pick in a nutshell. You will see the interior design, the different common areas, the sleeping area, and more. You can find more 22 cool hostel videos here.

Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage is a 5 Star Hostel, because…

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 Cottages Reception

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.

Related article: 46 things that tell you, this hostel is awesome

Restored Victorian Grade II Building of Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage

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.

Related article: +110 design hostels from island-retreats, swimming pools, to former mafia houses.

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.

On that note: How safe are hostels? An overview

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.

What type of rooms can you expect? Have an overview of all different hostel room types.

Private Room at Swiss Cottage Hostel in London

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.

Here is a full guide to European hostels, including everything you need to know: prices, facilities, and things to avoid!

Swiss Cottage Bar in London

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.

Obviously, you also want to explore the British capital, right? We found 18 awesome fun things to do in London – on a budget!

Greetings from the knight! The staircase at Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage London

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!

 

This post is also available in: ger

How to book Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage?

Check out the official website of Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage. Why? There you can get the lowest prices!

Compare all rates at

Official Website Booking Tripadvisor

Follow Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage on Social Media:
facebook | instagram | twitter | pinterest | googleplus

FUN Things to do in London

Remember to book your tickets to the most popular sights in advance.

Update September, 2017: Cheap Flights to London

Still looking for cheap flights to or from London? We LOVE Kiwi.com., the coolest search engine for flights - ever! You can search with a date range and even with a radius search.

This makes it easy to find cheap flights to London and area.

Cheap Flights to London