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The elegance of Kensington is maintained in the Crowne Plaza Kensington, London, which combines traditional architecture with some modern features to provide travellers with the best of London both old and new. Conveniently situated for public transport, it offers a base from which to explore the cultural, artistic and shopping treasures of one of Londons most refined and genteel districts.
Kensington sprang up after the Great Exhibition in 1851, as the organisers established museums to hold some of the exhibitions permanently. This primarily Victorian and Edwardian architecture, stately and regal, dominates the area today, and it remains well-heeled, safe, and home to some of the country's most sought after real estate. The fact that the area was developed in order to house museums is still notable today. The Natural History Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and The Science Museum are all within easy walking distance, as is The Royal Albert Hall. If you need a break from all of the high-brow entertainment, you are also incredibly near High Street Kensington, as well as Harrods on Knightbridge and the delights of the Kings Road and Sloane Square. When you are tired of shopping why not relax in Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens. The Piccadilly Line will take you straight from Heathrow to Gloucester Road, just around the corner from the hotel, so it remains incredibly convenient for the international traveller.
The hotel offers a fitness centre, as well as a popular bar and restaurant. A child minder is available (although you will need to give one week's notice), and guide dogs are allowed, although if you intend to bring one you should mention this to the staff when you book, so that they can offer you the best service possible. There is a concierge service. The rooms are decorated in a modern, minimalist style, and all have a bathtub and air conditioning. The media centre you will find in every room holds an LCD TV, pay per view and cable movies, video games, and in-room checkout. There is a minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and cots are available.
The hotel has a private garden, as well as a club lounge available to those staying in club rooms. There is a view over the gardens to a nearby church which is about as peaceful a setting as one will find in central London. This hotel is part of the same group as Holiday Inns, and used to be one, although a clear difference can now be seen between the Crowne Plaza and the facilities in a Holiday Inn.
There is no parking at the hotel (or what is offered is at the nearby Holiday Inn), but its connections to public transport are unmatched. You are just around the corner from Gloucester Road tube station, with its direct links to Heathrow as well as into the centre of London, to exciting areas like Leicester Square, where you will find exclusive clubs heavily fortified by bouncers and the large Odeon cinema where London's largest film premieres are held. The front of the hotel faces a busy road, but exploring Kensington, or indeed, the rest of London could not be easier, and the stay could not be more comfortable.