Combining the comfort and flexibility of an Air B & B with the best bits of staying in a hotel, such as services and security, Room2's 'hometel' brings a modern approach to travel.

Founded by two brothers from Hammersmith, Rob and Stu – who had travelled for 10 years racing boats for GB and were tired of staying in soulless accommodation which disrupted their training – they set about creating thoughtfully designed environments, with a relaxed ethos.

With two outposts, one in London (Hammersmith) and one in Southampton (with openings in Chiswick and Manchester on the horizon), the company aims to revolutionise the budget hotel stay.

The rooms in both 'hometels' come complete with fully equipped kitchens, including a fridge, microwave and dishwasher, so it's easy to make a coffee or tea, whip up a quick snack (or even dinner) and enjoy a cold Chablis or two, without running up a huge mini-bar bill.

The fresh and funky rooms are big enough for families or groups of four friends, and pets are welcome too.

The check in is at 2pm, and so is the check out – and breakfast is from 7-11am at the weekend – which means you can forgo a panicked last-minute dash for the dining room and enjoy a leisurely lie in.

There's the option to rustle up the first meal of the day in your room, or head down to the restaurant, where you can make your own waffles, as well as indulge in a full English, fresh fruit, toast, cereals and other breakfast buffet offerings.

Expect bathrooms stocked with Malin + Goetz toiletries.

There's space to work too, if you're travelling for business, as well as a small shop if you want to stock up on snacks, and a relaxed bar area for early evening G&Ts or a night cap.

Find out more at Room2.

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Jacky Parker

Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites


A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.