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The City Continental London Kensington Hotel is situated in a quiet and trendy area in Central London and it is suitable for all kinds of travellers, whether you are arriving on business or leisure. It is close to the fashionable shopping areas of Knightsbridge, Kensington and Chelsea.
The hotel's 60 rooms are all en-suite and attractively designed in vivacious colours, with comfortable beds. In-room amenities cover all the needs of travellers who are staying in this area for a short while. All have a satellite colour TV with a remote control, a direct-dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, high-speed wireless Internet (for an extra fee), air conditioning, and an in-room safe. A computer with high-speed Internet access (for an extra fee) is also available in the lobby area. If needed, ironing facilities are available from the front desk, and a continental buffet breakfast is served in our spacious, contemporary breakfast room.
The hotel is in a fantastic position for visitors and exhibitors at Earls Court Exhibition Hall, which is just a one-minute walk away and Olympia Exhibition Hall, which is just one tube, stop away. Many more famed attractions including the West End, where you will find a high concentration of theatres and shops, can be easily accessed via the nearby Earls Court Underground Station. The district of Kensington, the site of the original Great Exhibition, is nearby and the whole area is an homage to the Victorians stunning architecture and pioneering advances in exploration, education and the arts with the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History Museums, where many of the Great Exhibitions artifacts are now placed. Kensington Palace and Hyde Park are also about ten minutes from the hotel. The local area is much more laid back and bohemian than Kensington. Earls Court has the same elegant architecture as surrounding Kensington and Chelsea, but a strong immigrant community, which has increased since World War II, a strong musical vibe at venues such as The Troubadour and a lingering reputation as a gay hangout makes this area a bit more lively and diverse than its more up market neighbours.
The area also has fantastic transport links, and Earl's Court station is just a few minutes walk away from the hotel, where you can catch the District Circle and Piccadilly lines. From here you have direct links to Heathrow Airport (just 30 minutes away on the Piccadilly line); Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express terminates); Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express terminates); King's Cross, St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminus is located); and many more areas of London. If you are driving to the hotel, it can be accessed from the main A4 road, via the M4 and M25, and parking is available in the NCP in Pembroke Road just a few minutes walk away.
As of writing, the hotel is undergoing refurbishment; some guests have complained that attention to detail is needed in room fittings, so it would seem that the hotel have taken it on board, and the rooms which have been refurbished seem to be more popular. This low cost hotel seems to take some consideration with decor and service, which makes it a cut above the other hotels in the area, however, some minor annoyances have been noted, such as guests being locked out of the hotel by mistake and the elevator doesn't reach the top floor, so if you have mobility difficulties, request a room on a lower floor. If you would prefer not to pay for Wi-Fi, you can get a free connection at the local Starbucks; just a few minutes walk away, where you can also pick up a warm Panini for breakfast.