Part of the Smart Backpackers chain, Smart Hyde Park View is located in the bustling area of Bayswater, just a few blocks from Hyde Park itself. Don’t be confused by the name on the building – “Craven Gardens Hotel” – as this is in fact the Smart Hyde Park View.
This London hostel has around 300 beds, and all rooms are en-suite. There’s a large common room complete with jukebox and pool table, and the lobby area features a 24-hour bar, but beyond a microwave and a tea kettle, there is no kitchen here. If you want to make a full dinner you have to head over to the Smart Backpackers flagship hostel, about a 10-minute walk down the road.
According to the front desk staff, the hostel (which feels a bit more like a hotel) caters a lot to groups. However, there are no big comfy chairs and only one pay-as-you-go internet terminal; in short, there’s a distinct lack of a homey vibe.
However, the Smart Hyde’s location ideal for spending more of your time out in the city than hanging around the hostel. It’s just a few blocks walk to the Queensway station on the Central line, or Bayswater station on the District or Circle line.
To book your stay check out their website the Smart Hyde Park View Hostel
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11 Craven Hill Garden
London W2 3EU
phone: 020 7262 3167
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