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The Comfort Inn may be a low-cost chain hotel, but few of them are housed in such elegant buildings. The 19th century town house the Comfort Inn Buckingham Palace Road is located in makes it seem just a touch more upmarket than other branches, and with the Queen's residence just a short walk down the road, it seems a fitting setting. The Comfort Inn is on St George's Drive, a quiet, picturesque street in the Pimlico district of Victoria, where there are plenty of low cost hotels, but as these can be of varying quality, the Comfort Inn provides a reliable place to spend a few nights on a budget, whether you are travelling for business or leisure.
The Comfort Inn offers clean, comfortable rooms decorated in a contemporary style, with artwork on the walls and soft colour tones. Rooms come complete with all the basics you will need during your stay, including a hospitality tray, hairdryer, colour TV with remote control, central heating with an individually controlled thermostat, newly refurbished en-suite bathrooms, direct dial telephones and a secure electronic key card entry system. A free Wi-Fi connection is available in rooms, a real plus as many four and five star hotels in the area charge for this service. Staff are polite, friendly and on hand 24 hours a day, and the hotel even has a little courtyard for smokers to enjoy. A complimentary cooked, full English breakfast is included in the room rate, but some guests found the selection was monotonous after a few days, so it is advised to sample the local cafes and bakeries. For a treat, Patisserie Valerie offers delectable cakes, breads and goodies and Giraffe offers a good brunch selection, including blueberry pancakes.
The hotel doesn't cater for evening meals, but there are plenty of lauded eateries in the area, Mekong's Vietnamese menu and Grumbles reasonably priced food are both very popular.
The hotel is in a great location for seeing London's sights, with the elegant Sloane Square and Chelsea district just a ten-minute walk away. Here you will find The Saatchi Gallery, the exclusive shops of the King's Road and Royal Hospital Chelsea, where the Chelsea Flower show is held annually. In Millbank, close to Pimlico, you will find the Tate Britain Gallery, where you can see an impressive collection of old masters and visit Late at Tate events for live music and a glass of wine as you explore the artwork. Theatre buffs will be thrilled to find some of London's foremost venues just a short walk away, with the Apollo Victoria, Royal Court, Victoria Palace and White Bear theatres all nearby. Live music is also well catered for, with the Boisdale Jazz and Cigar Club, St John's Smith Square and Cadogan Hall offering a range of classical, contemporary and jazz concerts.
Buckingham Palace is just a fifteen-minute walk from the hotel, where you can get a taste of the regal life by touring the staterooms, or watch the traditional Changing of the Guards ceremony if you visit off-season. Just a 25 minute walk away, you will also find the iconic sights of Westminster, including Westminster Abbey, the site of coronations since London was first settled and The Houses of Parliament in the Palace of Westminster, where the British Government has met for centuries. Big Ben clock tower is also located here, one of London's most iconic attractions, which is best seen at night, lit up by the River Thames. From Victoria it is also easy to reach Oxford Street shops, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Soho's clubs and much more, it truly is one of the best London locations.
Victoria also has some of the best transport links in London, from the station, housed in a dramatic Victorian building, you can catch the Gatwick Express train to the airport in 30 minutes as well as overground services to their areas of the UK. The Victoria, District and Circle lines can take you further afield to explore the rest of London and from Victoria coach station you can catch coaches to other areas of the UK and to Europe. The station is also a bus terminus, so there are dozens of bus routes you can take to many other areas of the city. It may take you a few minutes to work out which bus is the correct one, but once you have the hang of the system you'll be away!
The Comfort Inn may be a little too bland for some, and there are some very quaint boutique hotels to be found in Belgravia and Pimlico, so if you are visiting for a romantic break or special occasion this may not be right for you. However, it does provide reliable accommodation in an area where quality varies wildly and a very convenient location for a fantastic room rate. If staying here try to request a room away from the train tracks, as these can be noisy at times.