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The Earls Court district of London, offers an intriguing mix of gentrification, ethnic diversity and exhibitions. The area was largely wasteland before the exhibition centre was built up and elegant Victorian town houses were developed as well as spilling over from neighbouring South Kensington after the Great Exhibition. Waves of immigrants after the Second World War and a brief stint as London's premier gay hangout (before Soho took over) mean that the area is culturally vibrant and a good location from which to explore the city. It also has a great range of budget hotels, including 37 Collingham Place Hotel, an affordable place to stay situated close to Cromwell Road and Earl's Court tube station.
Transport links form the 37 Collingham Place are good, with Earls Court tube station just a few minutes walk away, from which you can travel on the District and Piccadilly lines. The District line will take you to Paddington Station for the Heathrow Express train, or you can access Heathrow directly via the Piccadilly line. You also have a direct link to King's Cross St Pancras Station where the Eurostar terminus is located.
The hotel itself is situated in an attractive Victorian building in a fairly peaceful residential district of Earls Court. The hotel comprises of 14 guest rooms, with tasteful, if at times 'eclectic' decor, with thoughtful touches such as vases of flowers giving a bit more charm to the rooms. The guest rooms feature a good range of amenities, including handy kitchenettes with microwaves and fridges, a great money-saving option when you have Sainsbury’s and M&S Simply Food supermarkets nearby; a colour TV; central heating; en-suite facilities; and a free Wi-Fi connection, which is a real bonus, as most hotels of a higher class in the area charge for this service. The hotel also has a 24-hour reception desk and staff are very friendly and willing to share their knowledge of the local area.
The hotel enjoys an excellent location from which to see some of London's most renowned sights. Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres are both nearby, so the hotel is ideal for those visiting or exhibiting at trade shows, fairs or concerts, such as Crufts Dog Show, The Wedding Show or The Royal Tournament. In South Kensington, just a ten minute walk away, you will find the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums along Exhibition Road, the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park, London's largest green space, which contains The Serpentine Gallery, a range of outdoor activities for sunnier weather, and historic sites such as Rotten Row and Speakers' Corner, where lively debates are still carried out.
Shopaholics can easily travel to Harrods and Harvey Nichols Department Stores, for everything from designer clothing to an exclusive pet store. The high-street and designer boutiques of Kensington High Street are also just a short walk away, where you will find exclusive bars such as Kensington Roof Gardens and fun activities such as Urban Golf, where you play on digital greens. The shops of the King's Road are a short tube journey away too, once the location of avant-garde shops such as Granny Takes a Trip and Vivienne Westwood's SEX clothing store, it has changed a bit since its heyday, but is still worth a look.
Transport links form the 37 Collingham Place are also good, with Earls Court tube station just a few minutes walk away, from which you can travel on the District and Piccadilly lines. The District line will take you to Paddington Station for the Heathrow Express train, or you can access Heathrow directly via the Piccadilly line. You also have a direct link to King's Cross St Pancras Station where the Eurostar terminus is located.
37 Collingham Place seems to be one of the better budget hotels in an area where the quality varies wildly, and not just because of its truly superb location, but also for the friendly staff and comfortable rooms. Guests with mobility difficulties should be aware that the hotel doesn't have an elevator, an unfortunate trait of town house conversions, so a room on the ground floor is advised. The basement rooms are reportedly comfortable, but the Wi-Fi service in them is sketchy, so go for a room above ground.