If you’ve done some traveling, I’m sure you’ve run into your fair share of problems with accommodation. As many of you know, I haven’t had the best luck with hostels in the past. (You can read all about that here.) Staying at Hostel One in Notting Hill felt like a breath of fresh air. It is, by far, the best hostel I’ve stayed in and the best hostel in London.
I pulled up to the hostel in a Wheely (a luxury version of Uber) and upon arrival, I was impressed. The hostel is situated in an exquisite neighborhood, full of English charm. I grabbed my bags from the car, checked in, and felt welcomed right away. Because I checked in early, my room wasn’t ready yet, so I put my luggage in storage and joined a few people for breakfast, before heading out on our walking tour.
Hostel One specializes in making each of their hostels extremely social. It’s perfect for solo travelers that don’t necessarily want to travel alone. After booking with them, being the quiet and introverted person that I am, I was nervous that I’d made a mistake. Upon arrival, I’d realized that the only mistake I could’ve made was not staying with Hostel One. The hostel hosts daily tours and nightly outings. This not only helps you meet other people, but it encourages you to go out and see the city you’re staying in as well. Each tour is optional and throughout the week, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in museums, sightseeing, or shopping, there’s a tour for you. The same goes for the nightly outings. If you’re into a chill night at the pub, a pub crawl, or a massive night at a club, there’s an outing for you. The best part? Most of these tours/outings are FREE (unless, of course, you’re purchasing alcohol, but there are no cover charges or anything of that nature.)
My favorite part of my stay at Hostel One was most definitely the (optional) family-style dinners every night! First, who doesn’t love free food?! Second, I LOVED sitting with new people each night, and learning what brought them to England. It’s absolutely insane how close you become to these people in a matter of days, and honestly, how much you can learn from them. I made quite a few friends in my time at Hostel One, and I’m planning to visit a few of them in their home countries some day!
As for the facility itself, it’s definitely not handicapped-friendly, but everything was clean, modern, surprisingly quiet, and the beds were comfortable. I would, without a doubt, stay with Hostel One again, and I look forward to doing so. They have locations in Barcelona, Budapest, Madrid, Prague, Rome, and Seville. Another perk: the more Hostel One locations you stay at, the cheaper your stay will be! They give discounts to loyal customers!
If you’d like more information on Hostel One or you’re interested in staying at one of their locations, you can book here: www.hostelone.com.
If you have any questions about Hostel One or my experience in their hostel, drop a comment below!
Disclaimer: I collaborated with Hostel One for this blog post, but as always, all opinions are my own. I genuinely had an amazing experience with Hostel One, and I look forward to staying with them again soon.