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Earls Court may largely be a quiet residential district, but this doesn't mean it is a dull place to stay. There is plenty nearby to see and do, with Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres, where you can see extravagant events such as the Royal Tournament and the London International Horse Show, as well as concerts and trade shows such as the Ideal Home Show and Musicmania. For those visiting a show, or exhibiting at the centres, the Earls Court Hotel offers very reasonably priced accommodation close by.
The hotel is located in one of the elegant Victorian town houses, which line the streets of Earls Court, making it a picturesque place to stay. The hotel offers Single, Double, Twin and Triple guest rooms, to cater for business, leisure and family visitors. Rooms are simply decorated, but cosy and comfortable. All rooms come complete with a range of amenities, including tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, a direct dial phone and a colour TV. The hotel has friendly staff and a 24-hour reception desk, so you will be looked after around the clock. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi connectivity, a real plus as many hotels of a higher class charge for this service. The room rate also includes a continental breakfast, but some guests have reported that the selection is very limited, so you may prefer to try some of the local cafes, such as Crussh, for healthy smoothies and snacks. The area also has a great selection of restaurants, from chains such as Byron Burger, to unique eateries such as 222 Veggie Vegan Restaurant and Cambio De Tercio for tapas and a traditional Spanish menu.
Earls Court is a popular place to stay due to its proximity to South Kensington and Knightsbridge, where you will find many of London's main attractions, such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum in it's stunning 'cathedral of nature' building. The area has been dedicated to the advancement of culture and education since the Victorian era, when the Great Exhibition was held in Hyde Park, as such South Kensington is home to Imperial College London and the Institut Francais, two renowned educational institutions.
Hyde Park offers an escape from the busy streets of London, the largest Royal Park in the city; you can partake in many outdoor activities here, such as boating, horse riding and open air concerts in the summer months. The Serpentine modern art gallery is also located here in a Victorian teahouse. To the west of Hyde Park you will find Kensington Palace and Gardens, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge live in a secluded apartment complex. You may not be able to pop round for tea, but you can tour the palace and visit the Princess Diana memorial fountain in the grounds.
Of course, you can't come to London and skip a visit to Harrods. This luxury goods emporium may not be quite as grand as it used to be, but the sheer range of things to buy and the baroque style of the store make it worth a visit for everyone, even if you're just coming to window shop. Harvey Nichols is also nearby and plenty of designer shops. Kensington High Street has a few cheaper options if Knightsbridge proves a little too pricey.
Transport links from Earls Court Hotel are 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. If you are driving to the hotel, it can be accessed from the main A4 road, via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone. A reasonable car park choice is the NCP just a few minutes walk away in Warwick Road.
Going from Harrods back to the hotel might bring you back down to earth with a bump as the hotel is admittedly basic, but for those who just need a bed for a few nights, which doesn't cost too much, this is a fairly good option. Some guests have reported disputes over the bill and shoddy fittings; with plenty of well-appointed budget hotels shopping around first is advised.