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Nov 18 2013

My First #Housetripping Experience in London

As I have previously mentioned on more than one occasion, I stay in all sorts of accommodation when I travel but the main types tend to be hostels, homestays, and holiday rentals (a room or flat).

For the World Travel Market, I was fortunate enough to have a room in a holiday rental flat that was organised by Melvin from Traveldudes and very kindly supplied by House Trip.

On Arrival

For five nights, I stayed in a five-bedroom flat in Kilburn Park with four fellow bloggers.

Me at the housetrip flat in Kilburn

That’s me at the building’s entrance. The flat is on the left of the photograph.

As most of us wanted to get to the World Travel Market early and didn’t want to have to carry all our luggage with us, we were able to check-in earlier than specified.  It’s great to have that flexibility and we really appreciated being able to dump our stuff and choose the rooms we wanted before heading off for the day.  It also helped me to orientate myself.  Someone met us at the flat to give us the keys and show us around.

The Layout

There are two levels, which surprised me when I arrived, ground and lower-ground.  On the ground floor are two of the five bedrooms and a living area, which consists of an open-plan kitchen-diner and lounge area.  There are stairs leading down to the lower-ground level, where the only bathroom in the flat is located and the remaining three bedrooms.

The bedrooms

The bedrooms are large with a double bed in each and place to pack away your clothes.  The one I was in had a wardrobe, a chest of drawers, bedside table, a chair, and a desk,  The one thing missing from my room was a mirror.  I didn’t have one so I had to make do with my small compact mirror.

The living area

The living area is always the hub of any home and this flat is no exception, especially as it is open-plan.  The kitchen is well-equipped with everything you need to cook for yourself.  We didn’t end up cooking anything because we were out for most of the time and for our only night in we ordered an Indian takeaway.  I know, naughty but very nice!  The lounge area has two sofas, a coffee table, a wall-mounted flat-screen TV, and DVD.  So, it’s perfect for kicking back and relaxing.

The lounge area

@budgettraveller and @BackpackerBecki making themselves at home in the lounge area

The bathroom

The only bathroom in the flat has a toilet, bath with shower attachment, sink, a mirror, and storage space.  The bathroom itself was adequate for our needs but, being the only toilet in the flat, there was sometimes a queue.  As it is a five-bedroom flat with the potential to accommodate 10 people, it really could do with at least one other toilet.

The facilities

As we were all bloggers, we needed access to WiFi.  This flat has WiFi, which worked well for most of the time we were there.

The flat has gas central heating and the boiler is in the kitchen area.  We were able to adjust the heat to ensure that the flat was toasty warm for us.

We were given two sets of keys and there was one extra set for the person arriving later.  It was great having so many sets of keys because it meant we didn’t have to arrange to leave and arrive at the flat at the same time.

The decor

The flat is simply decorated with a neutral colour throughout.  In my opinion, the decor did seem a little tired but it was clean which, to me, is the most important thing.

Location

It is well situated close to Kilburn Park tube station, which is in Zone 2, and only a short walk from Kilburn High Road, which has an overland train station and tons of shops and places to eat.  There are also a number of buses that you can also use, which is a cheaper option to using the underground.

Kilburn Park Tube Station

The roads are fairly quiet so road noise wasn’t an issue.  I was glad of that because I’m a light sleeper.  You can see exactly where it is located on this map…

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Verdict

Whether it’s a group of friends, travellers, or a family of 5 or more sharing, this flat helps to keep the cost of staying in London down, while still being close to it all, having the luxury of your own bedroom, and the facilities to cook for yourself.

It was great having someone to contact when we needed and he was very responsive and helpful.  I also liked the flexibility of being able to check-in early although we were lucky that there wasn’t anyone in the flat so we could do that.

For information about the flat and to make a booking, click here.

Disclosure

I would like to thank House Trip for providing us with a place to stay while we attended the World Travel Market.  I have done my utmost to give an honest review of my experience at the flat in Kilburn Park.

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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