When I am in London, I usually prefer to stay in a hotel or with friends. However, when HostelWorld brought me to town as their Guest Photographer and offered to house me in Palmers Lodge – Hillspring at Willesden Green for a few nights I was eager to give it a try. I’ve slept in hostels before and while I’ve never had a really bad experience in a hostel I still can’t say they’re really my ‘cup of tea’.
Since I love challenging myself, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try and fall in love with the hostel experience.
Palmers Lodge isn’t in or convenient to, central London – so the journey from Heathrow was long and not as simple as I might have liked. However, I received fair warning of this and if I had been less concerned about my budget a very simple cab ride would have made the whole experience rather uncomplicated.
When I did finally arrive in Willesden Green, it was a few block walk from the tube through a lovely suburban area Northwest of London itself.
The actual hostel building is set back from Willesden Lane behind a security gate, yet the entrance is well marked and impossible to miss day or night.
Checking in, I was impressed by how friendly and knowledgeable the staff was. They were expecting me and they gave me a private room with my own full bath! It was simple, but clean and functional…and the bed turned out to be far more comfortable than it initially looked. I used my in-room electric kettle to make a spot of tea and I ended my long travel day with a book. Outside my door, the far away and muffled sounds of a party begged me to join but I was determined to enjoy solitude. I loved that I could choose that, having my own room. Score one already for Palmers Lodge.
Palmers Lodge – Hillspring at Willesden Green is located at 233 Willesden Lane, London NW2 5RP and their telephone is +44 20 7099 2435. Dorm beds begin at USD $20 /pp/night and private rooms begin at USD $61 /pp/night. Learn more by following them on twitter: @PalmersLodges, or Facebook. Book your stay on HostelWorld.com
My nights at Palmers Lodge were complimentary. However, views and opinions in this post are mine alone.