Living like a Londoner with Citybase Apartments - Kensington

Posted on 16. Feb, 2013 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Reviews, United Kingdom

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Citybase Apartments London: The Location


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The apartment building was ideally located on the busy Cromwell Road,  only a short walk away from Gloucester Road tube station (handy Circle and District lines) and a handful of bus stops, too. Such proximity to the action also means accessible amenities like grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and pubs, which were all very convenient and within walking distance.

Citybase Apartments London: The Apartment

For some reason, the apartment I was assigned was miles, miles away from the pictures displayed on Citybase Apartment’s website. However, I suspect it was a mistake of the overally-unhelpful reception of the building, not Citybase Apartments itself.

But that slight change of scenery wasn’t an issue - although what was advertised and what I actually stayed in greatly varied in style and age, my apartment was clean, homey and welcoming, and all in all much appreciated. I won’t lie and say I wasn’t surprised, but I was nonetheless very happy with what would be my home for two nights. There really wasn’t anything to complain about.

The apartment was extremely spacious and spread on two levels - the first one had a bedroom and bathroom, and the other one had a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room. Both floors had a small balcony and large windows. I could easily see a small or group of friends book this apartment and have a very comfortable stay in London, instead of being cramped up in a hotel room.

It really felt like coming home - the kitchen was fully equipped and functional, the living room had ample seating space, a 32″ LCD television, fast and reliable wifi and a warm, convivial decor.

Good to know: the building doesn’t take responsibility for luggage left at the reception - meaning that if you are leaving London late in the day, you will have to either leave your luggage unattended, pay to store it in a train station or carry it with you throughout the day.

Lastly, the building was a bit on the old side and could definitely use a fresh coat of paint and new carpets - at least on the level my apartment was on - but for all intents and purposes, it was perfectly acceptable. I’m just a tiny bit fancier than I care to admit.

This apartment is a great option for groups of friends, families and two couples traveling together because of the separate spaces and the large common area. After spending all day exploring the corners of London together, it must feel incredibly good to each have a space and have some “me” time.

Should I travel to London in a group, I would book this apartment without so much of a second thought. And so should you!

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Citybase Apartments. As always, all opinions are my own.

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