Base2stay in Kensington has previously been highlighted for its unique “edited luxury” experience: you get only the essential elements (a decent room, free WiFi, cleanliness, etc.) with the unnecessary stuff (hotel restaurant, overpriced amenities, unnecessary clutter) left out.
All this is usually offered at a compelling room rate. Uniquely however, the hotel’s management (whom I’ve now met several times) then do their utmost to save you even more money while you’re there.
For example, since all rooms have mini-kitchens, a constant flow of people carry shopping bags in and out: most unusual for a smart hotel! The Base2stay ethos is to stretch your trip budget as far as possible.
The emphasis on transparent pricing goes completely against the philosophy of “nickel and diming” prevalent at many hotels.
As I waited last week in the hotel’s reception (or “arrival base” as it’s known in the hotel’s jargon) I was struck by how the friendly receptionists did their job: they were basically acting as restaurant advisers!
And so it’s not surprising that Base2stay has negotiated exclusive discounts for its guests with a host of local restaurants.
You’re spoilt for choice as there are over 50 restaurants, cafes, pubs etc, within 250 metres of the hotel. Here are some examples:
The Pembroke – 261 Old Brompton Road
20% off your total bill at this contemporary British Gastro Pub (terms and conditions apply)
As Greek As It Gets – 233 Earls Court Road
20% off your total bill at this popular Greek restaurant (terms and conditions apply)
Bar Asia – 166 Old Brompton Road
15% off your total bill at one of London’s best Indian restaurants (terms and conditions apply)
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) – 163-165 Earls Court Road
30% off your food bill at this stylish burger restaurant (terms and conditions apply)
Balans – 239 Old Brompton Road
15% off your total bill at this traditional brasserie style restaurant (terms and conditions apply)
Strada – 237 Earls Court Road
20% off your total bill when dining at Strada (terms and conditions apply)
Wagamama – 180-182 Earls Court Road
20% off your total bill at the contemporary noodle bar (terms and conditions apply)
Orjowan – 6-8 Kenway Road
15% off your total bill at this delicious Lebanese restaurant (terms and conditions apply)
As you can see, a wide range of cuisines are covered. Do check the terms of each offer with the hotel directly as they are subject to change.
So if you aim to make the most of London’s culinary diversity, Base2stay may offer you the “best of both worlds”: save money “eating in” some nights and splurge out in local diners (with hefty discounts) on others.
Photo credits: Base2stay.