About this listing
City centre room with own private bathroom in Westminster (SW1 Zone 1) at a very reasonable price. No frills accommodation close to everything you wish to be near!
Thanks for looking!
Due to the recent changes in the Law within London, I can only offer my room out for a maximum of 90 days, so I have become a little more selective. I do not encourage people to book without corresponding with me first; it is unfair to those who are more considerate, plus you block my listing so others cannot see it! I check my listing for messages twice a day, but if a Host does not reply within a 24 hour period then they drop in the search rankings for their City, which is not something I want to happen to my listing. I consider it a discourtesy if you are unwilling to make minimal contact first, as I like to know who I will be sharing my home with as I do not want to share with strangers. Therefore, PLEASE DONT book without speaking to me first if you would like me to consider your booking request! Thank you!
To contact me, click on the 'Contact Host' in Red, - scroll up and look to the right, just above 'The Space' and below 'Summary - about this listing'. Do NOT click on the (very large) 'Request to Book' button right at the top, underneath the listing title.
However, should you wish to 'Instant Book' there are lots of listings on airbnb that offer this facility, but I am not one of them.
AVAILABILITY (Subject to No Cancellations) Large Boudoir style room with comfortable double bed & own private bathroom facilities (clean linen/toiletries (in case you forgot your toothbrush/shower gel!) bathrobes/fresh fluffy towels included). The apartment has unlimited 24/7 WIFI, dishwasher & modern kitchen facilities. Complementary Hot & Cold drinks. Mini fridge/stereo/radio-alarm clock/ Hairdryer/Straightener is provided in your personal bedroom.
Would particularly suit those who wish to be central/arrive late in the evening (or need a short notice bed after clubbing and wish a lie in as Pasha nightclub is 5mins walk away) But early birds are welcome too!
The apartment is conveniently situated in a quiet safe Westminster side-street and short walk from Victoria Station and all its connections of bus/train/underground as well as close to the National Express Coach Station. Gatwick Airport trains & coaches arrive directly into Victoria Station, plus night buses & direct underground lines coming into Victoria from Liverpool Street Stn (from Stansted Apt) Paddington Stn (from Heathrow Apt) and Kings Cross Stn (from Luton Apt).
The room suits two comfortably in a double bed, but a 3rd can stay on a single air bed. If really desperate, I can accept a 4th, on a chaise-longue. However! you will have hardly any space to move around the room if there are 4 of you! I dont charge for the 4th guest (best large combination is 2 adults/2 small children if its 4 but I have accommodated 4 adults before who wished to sacrifice space for affordable central lodgings) regardless of season.
Nearest attractions are Buckingham Palace/Royal Mews/Westminster Abbey/Houses of Parliament which are a pleasant stroll away. Trafalgar Square is 10min from the bus stop situated in the next street & nearby local supermarkets, cafes and restaurants. Theres a sports centre close by with London Hire Cycles directly outside it.
A Breakfast can be provided on payment of a small charge direct to me, and can be arranged on arrival.
* Please note that I usually consider bookings for a few days maximum. Thank you for your understanding in this matter and if this affects you, hopefully we'll meet in the future!
*NOTE I cater for a BUDGET traveller. It is clean and basic. I am not going to get rich on the price I am charging, A room in a 3* Hotel of a National chain two streets away costs FROM £119 for two people (excluding breakfast) TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT TO EXPECT; Hence the price; if you just need a room to crash at a cheap price and not expecting 5* Hotel sparkling standards you will be ok. (The young and open minded person/traveller who just needs a place to crash will be fine with this, Business people/Cat haters/people with cat allergies/Families with very young children/Clean-freaks/Non-Smokers wont be from previous experience
* If you have left a negative review for any of your previous airbnb stays, I will probably not accept your booking; I do like people to ask me directly if there are misunderstandings, so it can be resolved and you can enjoy yourself. I prefer a more laissez-faire attitude to life. I am not a Michelin Starred Hotel, its my home and I want you to be happy here too!
* I prefer the kind of guest who eats out on an evening. My Kitchen is small so if you are the type of guest who likes to cook where you stay, this is not the apartment for you.
* Im a non-smoker but have no problems if you smoke inside in your bedroom. Ashtrays are provided. But I would appreciate no smoking in the bathrooms or kitchen. Due to some recent reviews, I now no longer host NON-Smokers. This apartment is for SMOKERS ONLY. There are lots of rooms available for Non-Smokers so I dont feel I am letting anyone down, Im just trying to avoid negative reviews that wouldnt be posted if the guest had been honest about their feelings on Smoking and had booked somewhere more suitable (and more expensive - you do get what you pay for!).
Own Bedroom & own private Bathroom.
Interaction with Guests
I am always available throughout the stay if you need to ask any questions or have any problems. I prefer guests who are doing their own thing; I am not a 'hands on/lets be best friends' kind of Host but happy to advise on the attractions of London.
Brilliant central , quiet & safe location close to and within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, Royal Mews, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey & the London Eye.
A great underground system only 4 minutes away, with local Train station & a Bus terminus next to it and the National Coach Station nearby.
Other Things to Note
1 If you are a clean freak and wish a more thorough clean we can add a supplement of £25 and I will hire a professional cleaner to come in half way through your stay.
2 If you require a breakfast, I can provide this for a supplement of £2.50 per person. More details on request.
1 Basic Standard cleaning is included in the price. I would expect you to put any rubbish or waste you make into the bins or bags provided at the end of your stay.
2 There is no curfew, you are free to come and go as you please at any hour, but if you are going to roll in at 05:30, I would appreciate a heads up!
3 No Guests who are not booked through airbnb - I am not insured for them.
4 Do NOT open the bedroom curtains to ensure privacy from passers by. Windows of course, can be opened fully.
5 Hot Food to be eaten at the Dining table in the Living Room, not in the Bedrooms.
6 Officially check out will be at 13:00 but if you need somewhere to leave your bags for the day, I dont envisage a problem.
6 Second bed (for 4 people) is a double sofa bed/chaise longue (weight not over 100kg in total), or 2 x single air bed.
7 If your child bedwets, as a precaution I will charge a £10 refundable deposit in case the Duvet itself (not the cover, which is easily washable) is soiled. However, I do have a waterproof underblanket to protect the air bed.
Kitty made us very welcome and gave us many useful tips and suggestions, which made our visit easier and more enjoyable. The location of the listing to London sights was fantastic! We were able to see and visit a lot of London with help from Kitty and due to the easy access from her listing. The room was comfortable and as described in the listing (email hidden)e neighborhood has easy access to cafes and restaurants, and was also quiet at night. Having Victoria Station and so many places within walking distance made Kitty's listing an ideal location for our needs.
This room is very well located and made for the perfect budget stay. Kitty and her brood of friendly cats were also a nice bonus.
Kitty was a welcoming host and her digs were as described. She is upfront about cats and smoke and it's not an easy place to keep fresh and clean so do heed her warnings.
Dion, once you realised I wasnt going to jump to your demands, you actually settled down a bit and made a difficult situation slighly more bearable, so thankyou for that. Unfortunately you didnt read my detailed description first and as you are a businessman, non-smoker and allergic to Cats and booked prior to informing me any of these points, this was never going to be a great experience for either of us. You demanded and expected much more than my budget lodgings clearly provided and even though I offered to help you find somewhere else that would suit you better during your stay, you refused. as you were unwilling to pay more for the 5* experience you wished for. The fact you have also marked me in your review as poor value shows you unfortunately do not understand the expense of London accommodation either. If anything can come good out of this, I hope it is that you clearly read what your host offers in future and dont just go for the cheapest option without considering your extensive requirements.
The location is great, near Victoria station
Kitty is so nice, friendly and very helpful. Before we arrive she gave us all the information in every detail as well as a precise direction. The location of the flat is so perfect, just few mins' walk from Victoria station. And you can find many nice bars/ restaurants and even local markets there. We really enjoyed our stay in Kitty's place. Would highly recommend her place!!
In her description Kitty is very clear about what her accommodation offers and she pulls no punches which was very useful for me. She asks you to contact her personally first before booking which is a good idea because she can then ensure that you understand what she is offering and can anticipate your needs. The accommodation is very basic but has everything you need if you are out and about round London and is the cheapest that you will probably find for the location. The position was brilliant for me! A 20 minute walk to Big Ben and the heart of London! Fantastic! Kitty herself couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. She checked that I had everything I could need and offering over and above the usual, such as spare toiletries, an umbrella, straighteners and so on. She also respected my privacy which was important to me. Kitty really made an effort to ensure I had a comfortable stay . Oh - and the cats are just lovely!
We were made very welcome in Kitty's place. So glad to find such a central location with a wonderful host! Quiet street and peaceful sleep. We came in from a late flight, but directions to the apartment were very thorough so we found our way quite quickly. It was a great comfort to stay here. Just what we needed. Thank you!!
Wow - such a kind review. What wonderful people you are - it was an absolute pleasure to host you! You are fun, friendly, respectful and simply the nicest people ever. Particularly loved Aunty Barbara who adored the Cats - who in turn, loved the attention they got from her immensely! I wish all guests were as lovely as you both are - youve set the bar higher than I could ever imagine. Thanks for choosing to stay here!
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About the Host, Kitty
IMPORTANT - *** I do not check my listing every day, usually every other day. I ALWAYS converse with a guest first; I consider it both polite & important to know who I will be living with (especially if you have no profile at all!). If you attempt to book without contacting me first, I personally find this a little pushy and you are probably not the type of person who I would get on with. In this instance, I will cancel the pending booking and not reconsider it under any circumstance. ***
I prefer short term notice/very last minute bookings. I tend to only book my calendar approximately 6 weeks maximum in advance due to my work rotas, so whilst I can appreciate you may wish to lock into accommodation early on, I cannot consider these requests as I have no clue what my routine will be then & if I can honour a booking so far ahead.
My favourite places in the World, in no particular order, are Berlin, Budapest, Vienna & Edinburgh. When it comes to England, nowhere beats the Isle of Wight. I think I would like Istanbul from what Ive heard and read but havent been lucky enough to visit there yet! My most favourite country that I have visited so far is Germany as I find it truly beautiful; both people and countryside. I am also very interested to learn more about the Orient ; China particularly and am always thrilled to have guests from this Continent! Russia is another country that interests me greatly.
Things that interest me - Complementary Therapies, Culture, Theatre, Action & SciFi Films and my Cats - who are the true bosses of the house!
I am happy to give advice and information regarding the tourist attractions of London.
I would hope that I offer a place where anyone with an open mind is welcome.
I am currently booking only shorter stays based around long weekends and Bank Holiday periods in the Westminster En-suite. However, I will sometimes accept a midweek overnight stay if the guest/s have a late arrival. If this listing is full, please see my alternative one based at the same location, The London Room, as I tend to book this pretty much on a constant basis. I am not keen on long stays - 3 days maximum is my preference.
The type of guest who would suit the apartment varies - I like the vibe of the night-bird but love the energy of morning people! However, I tend to do my own thing so would probably only see you in the morning at breakfast and in the evening when you return.
My home suits those who are backpackers or super-budget travellers whose main aim is to be to be central for a cheap price. I do not cater for the upmarket trade so if you are looking for a Hotel experience, this isnt the place for you. It is cheap for a reason! If you have any queries or worries not shown in my profile or answered in my 2 listings please message me and I can clarify them for you.
NOTE I am disappointed to even have to write the following points, but I really have to emphasise these, as it is becoming alarming the amount who do not read my profile fully or choose to ignore pertinent facts.
ATTITUDE As long as people realise it is a private home and not a B&B and they wish to be treated as friends I feel we would suit. I am rather naive in this situation as I perhaps feel the way I would treat others properties would be reciprocated, and if I feel people are being discourteous or rude I will politely say so. I prefer guests with a laissez-faire attitude but who are considerate of others, as I sometimes host other guests simultaneously and I do not feel it is alot to ask for people to be both friendly and respectful.
SMOKING This is a pro-smoking house. People have and will continue to smoke in the bedrooms and I fully allow this. Smokers are very welcome (although I do not smoke myself but all my friends do, without exception; so if you are bothered by cigarette smoke, this place is NOT for you.). In fact, non-smokers annoy me much more than smokers as they moan about smoking in reviews when I have been nothing but truthful to you in this listing.
CATS (all the following scenarios have actually occurred/happened with guests!)
I have Cats. Hopefully the Cat profile picture is a hint of this. So.... No, I will not move them out when you stay here; this is their home. Screaming because you are frightened is only going to stress the Cats & annoy me as to why you booked here in the first place. If you are allergic or dont like them, please dont book here. It wont be okay. To clarify; if you or anyone in your party is allergic to, hates, or is frightened of Cats - this is NOT the apartment for you. It is upsetting when you come through my door as Frosties cat instantly rushes to greet you for a pat on the head (she loves people) and you shove her away and say you hate cats. Its not a good start (Hello would have been far nicer!) * Important: Note: As well as my own, I regularly take in Foster Cats so can have more here than are pictured. Im not talking some crazy amount but a couple of kittens tumbling about as well is not uncommon. Of course, they are NOT allowed in your room and only Frosties will chance her arm at that, looking up at you appealingly as you go to the door for the hall... but its a NO, everytime, thank you, as she is spoilt enough & I like the cats to have boundaries & routines (as you will see if you come and visit!)
So please... I would rather have no guests on your chosen weekend than anti-smokers or cat haters. Just because my listing is more central or $5USD cheaper than your next choice ...please reconsider and choose elsewhere.
The above points are not meant to offend, rather not waste anyones time. The beauty of Airbnb is there really is something for everyone so I am sure you will find the perfect place for you!