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The 3-star Beaver Hotel provides budget accommodation just 50m from the Earls Court Exhibition Centre and just one tube stop from Olympia exhibition centre, making this ideal for attendees and exhibitors alike. The centres have a packed programme of renowned events, such as The London International Horse Show and Crufts Dog Show, so this area is very popular with tourists. The hotel is situated in a traditional Victorian terrace, within walking distance to the affluent Kensington and Knightsbridge districts of London
Whilst it is unclear where the hotel's quirky name originated, it is a pleasant accommodation option. Visitors can choose from single, double or triple rooms at the hotel, with an odd bathroom arrangement, where you can pay more for an en-suite facility, or less for shared facilities. The hotel also has car parking facilities for up to 20 vehicles, outside of London's Congestion Charge zone (fee applies). All rooms at the Beaver Hotel are decorated in a simple, modern style and if you opt for the more expensive option, have terrestrial TV, while there is satellite TV available in the lounge here. A full English breakfast is available for all guests staying at the Beaver Hotel, which is usually included in the room price. Guests have reported that the breakfast room is a great place to mingle with other guests, and whilst the breakfast is good, there isn't much day-to-day variety, so you may wish to try some local options. If you head to the Starbucks cafe you can also take advantage of the free Wi-Fi connection there.
The hotel doesn't cater for evening meals, but the local area offers a lot of choice, and some unique restaurants, which reflect the ethnic diversity of the local community. Chain restaurants such as Masala Zone, Wagamamas and Pizza Express may offer predictable choices, but they are a reasonable place to grab a bite. For a little of the local colour, head to one of the gastropubs nearby, The Pembroke has a very tempting menu and some great ales, and it's within stumbling distance of The Troubadour Cafe, so you can head there for some live music afterwards.
The Beaver Hotel benefits from an excellent location with great transport links, close to West Kensington and Gloucester Road London Underground stations. Earls Court Underground Station, on the District and Piccadilly lines, is 75m east of the Beaver Hotel on Warwick Road SW5. Earls Court Station is just four stops from the Victoria mainline and London Underground Station, where you can catch the Gatwick Express train and six stops from Piccadilly Circus, in the heart of London's West End.
Places of interest close to the Beaver Hotel include the Natural History Museum (700m east) and the Victoria & Albert Museum (800m east). South Kensington is also home to the Royal Albert Hall, for excellent musical performances, including the BBC Proms; and Hyde Park, a beautiful green haven in the middle of the sprawling metropolis, where you can enjoy tennis, open-air concerts, boating and picnics, and the park even has its own art gallery, The Serpentine, which has an artist designed Pavilion for guests to enjoy in the summer months. In Knightsbridge you will find a range of exclusive boutiques, where you can pick up souvenirs if you're feeling generous. Here you will also find Harvey Nichols department store, for top of the range designer wares and Harrods, a London institution, where you can pick up almost anything within the bounds of legality, but be sure to dress smart as they occasionally turn away those wearing ripped jeans or showing too much flesh.
The Beaver Hotel seems to divide opinion amongst previous guests, as some have found it more than adequate, whilst others have balked at how basic the hotel is. The rooms may not have a lot of character, but you are paying the very affordable room rates largely for the hotel's superb location, so it's best to adjust your expectations accordingly and only stay here if you need a place to stop and rest whilst exploring sights. Having said that, with shared facilities and an extra cost for a TV, The Beaver Hotel seems very basic for the area, so it may be worth shopping around for a better deal.