Tested - The HouseTrip Apartment in East London, next to Victoria Park
It's great to stay in an apartment!
Especially if you stay a few nights and you want to save a bit of money.
When staying in a hotel, which will have a similar price per night, you don't have the possibility to cook in your own kitchen and that's where an apartment comes handy.
OK, you get breakfast in a hotel, but you usually also find a nice cafe close to your apartment, which serves delicious breakfeast or just make your own. It's the dinner where you can save some good bucks, or do you really want to go out every single night?
Then you also have the feeling of being at home. You've got more than "just" a hotel room, as you've got a living room, a bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen as well. And if you then find an apartment, which is located in a non-tourist area and still close to the city centre, then it's all fine.
We stayed and tested that kind of apartment in London via HouseTrip.
The apartment is located in East London and just North of the Victoria Park, which is also a nice spot to relax a bit, if London gets a bit too hectic for you.
We were welcomed heartily, even if we were late as I've added "Kendall House" as a street name in my sat-nav instead of "Shore Place". ;-) Both addresses exist in London and also east of Central London. I would recommend you to head to "Shore Place" though and stay in "Kendall House". ;-)
The apartment lies on the 3rd floor, which wasn't a problem, even if we stayed with our little baby and there was no elevator. It's worth to "climb" the stairs with your luggage. We found a nice apartment, which offered all you need and was decorated modern with a touch for little details. We felt home right away!
After an exhausting day of travel, you might not feel like going shopping right away. So you could park the car behind the house, where you can get an extra parking space if needed, and then have your first cup of tea. Yes, there is tea, coffee, milk, a bottle of water and some biscuits welcoming you.
The whole apartment has indirect light, which makes it gemütlich (cozy). You are able to shade all the windows, which might also be good to know for some. The mattress in the bedroom was too hard for me, but that is something which others would have liked or at least not mind. We stayed with 4 persons and a little baby. The sofa in the living room was very easily to change into a bed, but I would recommend to just let 1 person to sleep on it. We had an extra mattress with us, so we were fine. It's more an apartment for 2 and maybe 1-2 kids.
You will find everything you need in the bathroom. There are towels in different sizes, shampoo, soap, hair dryer, cosmetic cloths & a cosmetic mirror. There is also a washing machine, which might be useful if your are thinking of staying a bit longer.
There are even socket-outlets for different types in the apartment, if you should have forgotten to bring your own travel adapter.
The area is not as trendy as Brick Lane and is a bit more quite. The city is easily to reach, as just down the road are 2-3 bus lines which gets you into the centre. The next tube station "Bethnel Green" is reached in 15 - 20 minutes on foot and there is also an overground railway station "London Fields Rail" close by.
But the best of all... There is Free WiFi in the apartment! ;-)
We really liked the apartment and even if € 129,- per night isn't really cheap, tell me which is, when a hostel in London already costs around € 70,-.
You'll stay in a nice apartment and should feel homely quickly... We did!