I seem to be spending a lot of time on the road – in the last two weeks I’ve been to London twice, Aberlour in Scotland and for a few days back home.
Spending so much time away from my own bed – and the ridiculously comfy mattress that cost us a bomb and lulls me to sleep in seconds, my husband – and his gloriously grumpy beardy face, and my cats – in all their fluffy demands, means that being comfortable, being in a great location and being somewhere easy are becoming more and more important.
And let’s not forget that it’s still January and I still haven’t been paid yet.
So for the first of our January forays down south, Keeley found us a Go Native apartment near Earl’s Court. A Tube hop away from everywhere we needed to be later on, it was rather perfectly situated, around the corner from a 24 hour Tesco should the munchies strike at at random time, and with it’s own associated restaurant nearby if we wanted to indulge in something.
Admittedly we had dinner plans. And breakfast plans. And afternoon tea plans, but even so, knowing that these were close by were somewhat comforting ahead of checking into our apartment.
It’s also pretty cheap for an apartment in London, a quick comparison for the next few weeks, puts this twin bed studio it at just under £80 for one night. An absolute bargain for London in general, let alone Kensington & Chelsea.
As we headed down the thickly carpeted corridor, we wondered what awaited us.
We were pleasantly surprised.
Clean, crisp and airy, our twin bedded apartment had both a kitchen, and a living area, comfortable space for both beds and a bathroom with shower.
And lots and lots of storage space.
As the apartments are there for short and longer term lets, there are plenty of bits and pieces in the kitchen cupboards, there’s a fridge freezer, an oven, washing machine and mini dishwasher.
Though the toaster, kettle and tea and coffee (provided) were easy to spot, as were the mugs and tableware, we did struggle to find the cutlery. And the pans.
I did fall in love a little with the single piece sink and work surface though. It’s the colour I want my kitchen in…
No matter, we weren’t there to cook, we were there to take the weight off and get ready before a trip to the Bistro at Taj 51, amongst other gin filled loveliness. So we checked out the bathroom.
As you’d expect, the bathroom is well stocked, lots of fluffy towels and toiletries from The White Company – here we were on par with the Hotel Balzac and it’s own toiletry selection.
The shower was one of those dreamily adjustable ones, no scrimping on heat or power here and I happily pushed the temperature up. Steamy.
The bathroom held, perhaps the only issue that I could possibly raise with the apartment itself. The proximity of the bed to the bathroom. It’s close. Very close. Should you be staying with an acquaintance, or a distant family member, or even a work colleague, you could get to know each other a little too well.
Aside from this, we were happy bunnies. The seating area was comfy, and we had a giant TV, had we wanted to make use of it and spend a lazy evening in front of it. We had a couple of noisy neighbours, and an intermittent noise from the lift, but these things were no worse that the Travel Lodge I stayed in on my last visit, or the Premier Inn the time before that.
Breakfast saw us taking a little walk, closer to our later destination, to Cafe Continente, eschewing the apartment recommended Cacciari’s. Continente is a Time Out awarded cafe, that’s bike friendly and serves cakes, smoothies and an amazing full English breakfast.
Just like this one.
That and a great coffee and we were off.
The apartment at Earl’s Court was provided for free by Go Native.
As ever, anything supplied, doesn’t ensure a positive review. However, the service was great, and the location worked very well, though there were one or two elements that were of concern, as highlighted above.