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The newly decorated Chelsea Guest House is a very affordable establishment situated on the south bank of the River Thames, in between Battersea and Clapham. The hotel resides in a charming Georgian, colonnaded building and offers extremely affordable rates for travellers of all kinds, who would rather spend their money on seeing the sights than splashing out on The Ritz.
Rooms at the Chelsea Guest House are very pleasant and comfortable, with dashes of bright colour and a very welcoming, homely feel to them. Rooms are available in Single, Twin, Double and Triple sizes and all come complete with en-suite bathrooms. Rooms also include a range of amenities, such as a colour TV, radio, a fan, and central heating, ironing facilities, a hairdryer, and a work desk and seating area. The hotel has limited, free Wi-Fi connectivity, which is available in some rooms, so you may prefer to head to the local Starbucks to make use of their free Wi-Fi and grab a breakfast Panini, as the hotel only provides breakfast vouchers for the McDonalds next door, This seems to be a slightly glaring omission as many of the low-cost hotels in London provide at least a continental breakfast in-house, however, The Savoy Cafe, just down the road is another good local option for a snack to start your day. The hotel does also provide a left luggage room and a 24-hour reception desk.
The hotel is in a fantastic location from which to view sights. Nearby you will find picturesque Clapham Common, where you can enjoy a spot of angling in the ponds there, and Battersea Park, which hosts funfairs and contains an adorable Children's Zoo, where you can see monkeys, otters and flamingoes. The hotel is also close to Battersea Power Station, a famously derelict monument, which is occasionally used for events and concerts. From the hotel, you can walk for about 30-40 minutes, or catch a bus over Chelsea Bridge to reach Sloane Square, where you will find exclusive shops such as Thomas Pinks and the world-renowned King's Road, where Vivienne Westwood's groundbreaking SEX clothing boutique was located in the 70s. The road has long since lost its alternative street cred, and is home to a range of upmarket boutiques, but it's still worth a visit for an upmarket range of goods. Chelsea is also home to The Saatchi Gallery and The Royal Hospital, where the Chelsea Flower Show is held annually.
From Chelsea, you can easily reach South Kensington, where you will find fantastic attractions, such as the Royal Albert Hall for concerts and the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums for mind-bending interactive exhibits and a wide selection of historic artifacts. London's Theatreland district, Buckingham Palace and beyond are also easily accessible via bus or train from the hotel. Queenstown Road rail station is just a ten-minute walk away, from which you can easily reach Waterloo or Vauxhall Stations for tube connections to see the rest of the city.
This hotel may be a basic place to stay, but for the money you are paying, it is a charming and friendly establishment, which will suit any traveller visiting London on a budget. The staff are friendly and the location is convenient for seeing the sights of the city. The rooms that don’t face the road are the quietest, so request accommodation at the back of the hotel for an uninterrupted sleep.