We've never had a hotel quite like this one.
With a whoosh, we slid the key card through the slot and stepped into our hotel room. Ryan’s face fell. “Oh”, he said flatly, “This isn’t so bad?” And with that dubious and doubtful start we began the first of four days inside an EasyHotel.
High maintenance travelers need not apply.
The premise behind the EasyHotel chain is simple. You get the door that locks. You get the clean bed. And absolutely nothing else! There is no artwork on the walls, there are no fancy throw cushions, and there is no coffee pot on the shelf – perhaps in part because there is no shelf. There is no closet, no bureau, no carpet, no nightstand, no lamps. There’s also no housekeeping, no Wi-Fi, no TV, and no window –not unless you’re willing to pay extra. This is as bare-bones as it gets.
So exactly what do you get in an EasyHotel room?
Surprisingly, the room did have several tiny touches that I grew to greatly appreciate. The towels were large, thick, and soft, better in fact than most other, fancier, hotels. There were wall mounted containers of Lux shampoo and Dove body wash in the washroom. The shower was hot and had great water pressure. The rooms had individual temperature control and, while there was no lamp, there was a second light switch by our bed so we could dim or turn off the light without getting up. And we always found the staff to be warm, friendly, welcoming, and helpful.
Paying a pauper's price.
Is EasyHotel right for you?
But if you like hanging out and relaxing in your hotel room at night, if you and your spouse have different sleep schedules, if you get easily claustrophobic, you should probably take a pass on EasyHotel. And if you know you are likely to purchase some of their many add-ons, you're likely better off financially to look at other forms of budget accommodations, such as private hotel rooms or humble bed & breakfasts.
So are we glad we tried it? Would we do it again?
Working in our favor was the fact that we were spending all our daylight hours at a conference and still trying to sneak in some London sightseeing by night - we spent very little time in our room beyond sleeping. We also made a strong effort to be extra courteous to one another, with plenty of 'excuse me's', which went a long way towards making sure we didn't kill each other in the tiny space!
Overall, the experience was better than I had anticipated and the price point was irresistible. I'm not sure I'll be craving a repeat visit anytime soon (those rooms really are small!) I would definitely consider staying in an EasyHotel again.
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