Need a place to stay? Hackney Post breaks down some of the best Airbnb pads in the borough.
Why stay in a fusty, unfriendly hotel, when you can live like a local? The “sharing economy” is massive these days, and Airbnb is at the heart of it. Here are seven of the coolest abodes for rent in Hackney.
Under-floor heating. A seven seater sofa. A dining table for 12. A rock climbing wall. A wood-burning stove. Hundreds of “fascinating” books. A walk-in shower. Oh, and naturally, a wall of glass doors leading onto a 50-foot garden. This Victorian house in the most delightful of locations is quite a choice. The catch? It’s £350 a night.
Describing itself as “raw” and “not suited to everyone”, this option is certainly more industrial than your average Airbnb. With high ceilings and 15-foot high walls (lined with instruments), its stripped wooden sash windows claims to overlook the pretty Regent’s Canal, as well as both Shoreditch Park and Rosemary Gardens. After all of your gallivanting you can relax in the in-built concrete bath. £396 a night.
This is quite simply one of the finest Airbnb offerings in Hackney. Why? Because it’s the cheapest we could find, and that means a lot in one of the world’s most expensive areas. It’s actually a pretty good location too, just minutes from the hipster paradise that is Dalston and the quaint Stoke Newington. Throw in the use of a kettle, toaster and microwave and you’ve got £18 well spent.
Slap bang in the middle of roaring Shoreditch, you’ll find a huge warehouse gearing itself towards the more indulgent. It boasts a cocktail making station, a wall wine rack, a Nespresso coffee machine and a pair of king-size beds with 800 thread-count bed linen. In perhaps a nod to the great “naked chef”, it also offers complimentary Jamie Oliver herbs and spices. £391 a night.
Bright? Tick. Airy? Tick. A former dairy? Tick. In a building that dates to 1890, this ground-floor Airbnb oozes chic, and includes a private, decked outdoor area and a smart TV with Netflix. The host was brought up in an “award-winning guest house” and has lived in the area for 20 years, so they know how to treat customers. £55 a night.
Redesigned by award-winning architect Marcus Lee, this Airbnb is an arresting sight to see – an artist even did a painting of it. With the most dramatic of lighting at night, it boasts space for up to eight people as a detached four-bed, including a creche and library space. It’s like you can actually rent one of the homes from Grand Designs. £201 a night.
This one for city slickers on the rise, or at least if you want to pretend to be one while on a budget. The design looks so flawless and tidy, you could probably lick the floor without too many repercussions. The penthouse boasts two private terraces, where you can presumably wave to famous skyscrapers such at the Shard and the Gherkin, while sipping your Nespresso (included) in the morning. £69 a night.
Image credit: Christopher, Airbnb
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