When you arrive at this discrete hotel, tucked quietly in the heart of Hackney Central, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve accidentally booked yourself into a surreptitiously-named Travel Lodge. Fear not though, you’ve arrived at a far more stylish affair – they just happen to share the same street entrance.
Potted plants and monochrome interiors characterise this new, thrifty hotel – far from their corporate-chain of a neighbour. Kip’s philosophy is simple: that a good kip in a comfy bed shouldn’t cost the earth. And here it doesn’t. With a range of rooms to suit a range of budgets – from bunk-bedded dorms to apartment suites – there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a style-seeking traveller, digi-nomad or just after a cool city break. Located just around the corner from many a Hackney hot spot – from the live music of Oslo to the pink walls and vegan cakes of Palm Vaults – you couldn’t be more perfectly located to enjoy the best of the borough.
Simple and spacious, it was every bit the ‘no frills’ urban sanctuary, but with added aesthetic value. Think palm-tree wallpaper, print magazines and big windows. Plus – unlimited coffee (good coffee!) and homemade local pastries that arrive freshly baked each morning. It’s these thoughtful little touches that separate Kip from the crowd, and prove that they’re ahead of the game in offering style, comfort and cool-factor – at a good price.
Doubles start from £50 and singles from £32
2 Aspland Grove, E8 1FJ