Search for cheapest prices: Earls Court Gardens Hotel
The Earls Court area of London is a popular place for tourists to stay, especially if they are visiting a concert, exhibition or trade show at the huge exhibition centres of Earls Court and nearby Olympia. From Musicmania, to the Ideal Home Show, to Crufts Dog Show and the International Horse Show, these centres have a full programme throughout the year. South Kensington is also nearby, with many museums, landmarks and attractions and as such, Earls Court offers a cheap place to stay close to the action for business and leisure travellers.
The hotels in the area do vary in quality somewhat, many are housed in exquisite 19th century buildings, but behind the elegant facades you may come across surly staff and tired, dingy rooms. Some hotels can be surprisingly good, but unfortunately, the Earls Court Gardens Hotel errs towards the former. In fairness, the hotel is a reasonably priced accommodation option in a very desirable area, housed in a row of attractive Georgian buildings. For a cheaper price, you need to adjust your expectations accordingly and try to overlook the odd crack or broken facility here and there, so whilst the hotel's decor may be 'eclectic' and vintage in the widest sense of the word, it's no less horrific than some of the other budget hotels in the area and serviceable enough.
The hotel's location is definitely it's main selling point, South Kensington is just fifteen minutes walk away, where you will find the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums; the Royal Albert Hall; Harrods and Harvey Nichols department store and Hyde Park, with its wide range of outdoor activities and The Serpentine Gallery and Pavilion. Nearby Kensington High Street offers a wide range of high-street and designer boutiques as well as hidden gems such as Urban Golf, where you play indoors on digital and Astroturf greens; an archery centre for an unusual way to spend an afternoon; and the Kensington Roof Gardens, usually an exclusive members club, but the gardens are open to those eating in the delectable restaurant downstairs, it's pricey, but worth it to meet the club's pet flamingos! You can also visit Kensington Palace, which offers a magical programme of exhibitions and was the former residence of Princess Diana, whose memorial fountain is located in the surrounding gardens.
Transport links from the Earls Court Gardens Hotel are also good, with Earls Court tube station just a few minutes walk away, from which you can travel on the District and Piccadilly lines. The District line will take you to Paddington Station for the Heathrow Express train, or you can access Heathrow directly via the Piccadilly line. You also have a direct link to King's Cross St Pancras Station where the Eurostar terminus is located and Victoria Station, where you can catch the Gatwick Express Train.
With such a convenient location, it is a shame that the hotel appears to be in dire need of refurbishment and some attention to detail. With reportedly dirty rooms and decrepit communal areas, it's strongly advised to shop around before you book this hotel, as there are many reasonable options nearby. If you do choose to stay here rooms on the upper floor are perhaps preferable because they get less noise from tubes running alongside the hotel.