Open since early 2016, the Kip Hotel is a budget 2-star hotel located near Hackney Central in East London. Housed in a new-build property just off the high street, this hotel has 105 rooms, which vary from single rooms to eight bunk beds to a penthouse. I stayed here for one night in December 2018 and this is my review of my visit. To give you a real feel for the hotel, I’ve included my own images below. If you find my review for the Kip Hotel Hackney helpful, be sure to leave me a comment below and let me know! 👇
One of the best features of the Kip Hotel is its location. It probably sounds weird to say that a hotel overlooking a train station is a good thing but it really works. Not are you literally seconds from Hackney Central Overground Station (which links to Stratford for the Central and Jubilee lines and Highbury & Islington for the Victoria line) but I didn’t hear the trains once during my stay. Even so, the hotel provides you with free earplugs just in case – but I honestly didn’t need them. Perhaps they’re also for the live music venue Oslo Hackney which is next door too but I didn’t hear anything from here either.
The Kip Hotel is located in one of my favourite parts of East London. Not only are close to great restaurants like Lardo and Tonkotsu Mare Street, but you’re a short walk from areas like London Fields, Broadway Market and Lower Clapton. Plus, areas like Dalston, Hackney Wick, Victoria Park and Clapton are easily reachable from this hotel, so it really is a great base if you want to really explore what East London has to offer. Plus, you can the Overland and connecting Underground lines to easily get into central London in 20-30 minutes.
📍 Address: 2 Aspland Grove, Hackney, London E8 1FJ
☎️ Phone: +44 20 8629 7884
The Kip Hotel has a range of room types, that vary in price depending on whether you’re looking for something for one person or six. Prices for their rooms vary depending on the season and time of the year, but according to TripAdvisor, you can pay anywhere between £46 – £130/night. Click here to see the price for your dates:
Are there any benefits to booking directly with the Kip Hotel? They have their own loyalty scheme called KipClub, which you need to sign up for in advance. They’ll send you a monthly 10% discount code and other perks for signing up. Plus their rates are very similar to what you would find elsewhere online, so it’s a good encouragement to book directly.
The Kip Hotel Hackney rooms
I stayed in a Kip Large Double room, which I was surprised to discover was pretty much the same price as the small and medium double rooms. I’m not sure what the difference is between these room sizes, but I assume it is simply just floor space as I had a huge amount for a budget room. It was such a lush change from the other East London hotels I’ve stayed in recently, where you could barely move around the bed. I’d definitely recommend paying the small difference for large double if it’s available.
The hotel has a minimalist chic style, which works perfectly with its modest price range. The rooms consist of polished floors with simple but stylish furniture and furnishings in monochrome black and white. It’s a pretty obvious concept but because it’s executed so well, you somehow manage to feel chic even though you’re staying in a 2-star hotel. I also was impressed by the fact that even though the hotel is now 2 years old, everything felt fresh and new, like it had just opened.
The room mainly consisted of a double bed and a desk. The bed was fluffy and comfy and had some storage draws underneath. The room didn’t have any proper hanging space or a safe but on the wall opposite the bed, there was a couple of hooks and hangers plus an average-sized flatscreen tv (pictured above). There was a large floor to ceiling window that looked out over Hackney. As I was on an upper floor, it had a great view out over the area – and even down onto the station platform below (although no one could see into the room obviously). Other than that, there was enough empty space that I was able to park a bike in the room overnight without it being even remotely in the way. I could have easily have spent a couple of nights here comfortably – as long as I didn’t need to hang much up. The room was a real winner for me.
The bathroom at the Kip Hotel was compact and simple, with a shower, toilet and basin. The room came with fresh towels and toiletries and the shower was hot with good pressure. If you’ve read any of my other hotel reviews, you’ll know I’m freaked out by anything remotely gross about hotel bathrooms. Thankfully, this one was spotlessly clean, which I really appreciated.
As this is a 2-star hotel, it doesn’t offer breakfast. I didn’t mind this as I’m not really a fan of hotel breakfasts, especially when there are good places to go for brunch nearby. However, they do have a proper coffee machine set-up in reception and once you’ve followed them on Instagram, they’ll make you coffee for free throughout your whole stay.
As this is a budget hotel, there aren’t other facilities or amenities here. You do have cafes, restaurants, gyms and shops right on your doorstep though so this isn’t really an issue.
Hotels in East London are often pricey or poorly located, simply because this is such a popular area of London. The Kip Hotel really impressed me by being simple, well-priced and chic. I couldn’t believe it was only a 2-star hotel when I stayed here! I think they have a great concept for a hotel here and if was definitely the best budget hotel I’ve stayed at in East London recently. Highly recommend the Kip Hotel Hackney to anyone looking for somewhere to stay that’s cheap but cool in East London.
📌 Disclaimer: This hotel kindly offered me a discount in exchange for writing a review and featuring it on my social media accounts. They made no editorial demands on me and this is a completely honest account of how I felt about my stay. As a general rule, I don’t write negative reviews: if I don’t like a hotel or hostel, I don’t feature it. So, I obviously really liked this one.