Firstly, let us talk a bit about FG Properties. They have been operating since 2013 and offer affordable accommodation in London and Paris. For their London properties, they partner with City Relay – http://cityrelay.com. They’re the people who look after the properties (cleaning, guest support, cleaning, laundry and property maintenance).
FG Properties also offer their properties through AirBnb as well as their website – http://fgproperties.com
After fantastic communication from Melany at FG Properties, she arranged to meet us at the property at 3pm to greet us and show us around the property. We are not sure if everyone gets this special treatment!
On the table to greet us was a pack of chocolates and a bottle of red wine – nice touch!
We stayed at The Victorian Ongar Road House IV which is a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment. It’s located on the second floor of a typical London building – although there are two flights of stairs to get into the property, it was easy lugging our luggage up!
The property is situated in the heart of Earl’s Court, the flat is ideally located a few minutes walk away from Earl’s Court Underground Station (South Brompton was literally 300 yards away too). At this station you can use the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines which will allow you to reach London’s most chic areas (South Kensington, Notting Hill, Chelsea) and the city centre very quickly.
If you want to find a place to eat, FG Properties highly recommends you visit the Blackbird, famous for its homemade pies, or the Scarsdale Tavern, a delicious typical british pub! Another place they recommend is The Rockwell where you can enjoy beers and cocktails. We didn’t get to visit either of those unfortunately.
Other places to visit are some of the several museums like Science Museum, Leighton House Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum which are located very close to the apartment. You can also spend some great time at Princess Victoria or Hyde Park, which is also a great place to organize a picnic with friends or family!
Living Room and Dining Area
The dining area is adjacent to the living room and its dining table which can sit up to 4 people but extended to 6 if needed. Although there were 6 chairs provided, one of the chairs was broken (the top of the chair wasn’t fixed to the legs!) and 3 of them were a bit wobbly but luckily there were only 2 of us so we both had a safe chair to sit on which we have fed back to FG properties so I am sure they will be fixed should you visit!
There was a TV provided although at first, when we turned it on, there was no signal. After some investigating, the aerial cable connection which plugs into the wall was broken so we had to spend 5 minutes pushing the TV stand up against the cable to keep it in place. Again, this has been fed back and should be rectified before someone else uses this apartment.
All in all, the living room and dining area was super clean, the only bit which let it down was the fake plant, it was very dusty, the cleaners must have forgot to give it a dust.
Although we never tried, the sofa does convert into a sofa bed so the property can sleep 6 people. The duvet (not made, so you would need to make this yourself if you needed a third duvet) was in the wardrobe along with some extra pillows.
Opposite to the dining table, there was a cupboard and inside was an iron and ironing board. A small thing to some but important for us was that the iron was actually a reasonable one. How many times do you pay for a hotel and get given what looks like a travel iron! Very annoying but not in this case!
The central heating control was a welcomed thing – it was very nice to stay in an apartment in London which did not have electric heating – whack that on and then the apartment heated up super quickly. Very warm and cosy!
The FG Properties website does promise a City view but this wasn’t the case – the bedroom windows overlook the street and the living room and kitchen windows overlook the back of some houses and a hotel which although is a view of the city, I wouldn’t advertise it as a selling point with this particular apartment.
The kitchen was very modern and clean – it has everything you could possibly need. An oven, fridge, freezer, microwave, toaster, kitchen utensils, kettle and tea/coffee. A few things which did let the kitchen down was there was 9 forks(!) but only two knives and also there was a few areas where the paint work has begun to peel away but minor on the grand scheme of things and something we hope they can rectify quickly!
Main Bedroom with En-Suite
The main bedroom was very snug but had plenty of wardrobe and shelf space. The blind was missing the stick that turns the blinds up and down – we found the stick in the corner of the room so obviously this had broken away.
The bed was very firm but Lewis found this perfect, he loves a firm bed! Pillows were very comfortable too.
The room was very bright, perhaps a little too bright for the morning – would have been a nice touch if there was a blackout blind or curtain.
The noise level in the main bedroom wasn’t that great. Although the property isn’t located on a main road, you do hear cars driving past so if you’re a light sleeper, some ear plugs might come in handy.
The en-suite again was very clean but a few things let it down. The shower plug appeared to be blocked, after 3 minutes in the shower, it quickly begun to fill up. We had to stop the shower a few times to allow the water to drain away and also the sink taps and toilet roll holder were very lose.
Although we didn’t use this bedroom, it was very clean, just like the main bedroom. Plenty of wardrobe and shelf space.
Again, we didn’t use this bathroom but everything appeared to work correctly. All very clean. Due to there being no windows in either bathrooms, there is a sky light which lets plenty of light in.
The apartment was clean and had everything we needed. Plenty of towels and toiletries were left on the bed.
Although the apartment had free wi-fi, we experienced trouble with connectivity. Very poor signal.
There were a few stains on the carpet and scuffs/marks on the walls and also a big dent where the main door has hit the wall and needs a little touch up. It wasn’t enough to irritate us and we wouldn’t have complained had we paid for the stay but it could get bad if not maintained regularly.
There is a gorgeous big clock on the wall in the living room, but it wasn’t working unfortunately. There were a few times we forgot it wasn’t working and had a bit of a panic thinking we were going to be late. Only a minor point but of the 4 clocks in the apartment, not one was working which did get irritating and showed a lack of attention to detail from whoever serviced the apartment and something for them to address.
FG Properties advertise the apartment from £99 per night and if 6 people split the cost, it only works out as £16.50 each – completely reasonable and great value for money. Even with 4 people, I have not seen anywhere in London for £25 and paid £32 for a hostel last year which was nowhere near this standard!
To access the main building and also the apartment, you need to enter a code. We assume this is changed after each guest so previous guests cannot get access. The codes were written down on the top of some bits of paper which were stapled together. The bits of paper gave details of handy information such as telephone numbers and the (free!) wi-fi code. A nice touch would have been for us to be given a business card with the codes written down so we could put it in our wallets – we had to take a picture of the codes on our mobile phone so we didn’t forget them.
Would we stay here again? Absolutely! Obviously there were a few issues with the apartment but they didn’t ruin the experience for us, just slightly annoying!
Disclaimer: We received a two night stay at this property free of charge in exchange for our honest and unbiased review. Despite any complimentary services received, all opinions remain our own. If a property isn’t that great, we’ll tell you it isn’t that great!