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The Henley House Hotel is a very quaint boutique hotel overlooking leafy Barkstone Gardens in the Earls Court district of London. Situated in one of the many stunning red brick, Georgian buildings that line the surrounding streets, Henley House offers traditional style with modern comforts and a romantic air in the low lit, elegantly designed rooms.
Rooms in the hotel are very well appointed and decorated in an elegant traditional style, very much in keeping with the surrounding area. Rooms have superb fittings such as mahogany panellings, recessed bookcases, Rosa Porrinho granites-finished furniture and Crema Marfil marble tiles in the bathrooms, as well as a wide range of amenities, including tea and coffee making facilities, a work desk, complementary toiletries, a hairdryer, telephone and colour TVs. So you will have everything you need to relax and all modern amenities to hand. A free Wi-Fi connection is also available throughout the hotel.
The room rate includes a continental breakfast in the hotel's cheerful breakfast room, and satisfying Full English with various deep fried items is available for a supplement. The hotel is also very family friendly and a child under 2 can stay for free in the room and extra cots can be provided if needed. The hotel doesn’t comprise of a restaurant, but the surrounding area has a wide range of unique eateries, whether you want a reliable brand restaurant like Pizza Express and Gourmet Burger Kitchen, or more exotic fare at Mr. Wing, Nandos and Tendido Cero for gourmet tapas.
The hotel is in one of London's curious districts, which hangs in the balance between full-blown gentrification and bohemian shabby chic. With rather posh neighbours in Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge, and close proximity to the historic Earls Court and Olympia exhibition centres, Ears Court is undoubtedly an up market area, with stunning Victorian and Georgian architecture. However, its reputation as a prominent area for gay bars in pre-60s London, and the arrival of post-war immigrants from Poland, Australia and the Philippines have given Earls Court an edgier vibe and a multicultural flavour, so it is far less stuffy than its auspicious surrounding districts, and a peaceful place to stay too, as it is mostly residential. From the hotel you can easily visit and exhibit at the exhibition centres and enjoy unique hang outs such as The Troubadour, a cafe formerly frequented by Oliver Reed and Bob Dylan, and The Finborough Theatre, where new playwrights ply their wares. Kensington is just a short bus ride away as well, where you can enjoy Hyde Park; Kensington Palace and Gardens; The Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History Museums; and luxury stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols.
The hotel enjoys a very convenient location for transport; just a few minutes walk away from Earl's Court station, where you can catch the District Circle and Piccadilly lines. From here you have direct links to 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.
The Henley House is in a superb location, which makes it one to consider if you want to explore west London, but don't want to break the bank. The rooms have a good deal more charm than most of the budget hotels in the area and elegantly decorated rooms, however, some attention to detail may be needed for some fittings. Views from the hotel are very pleasant, so it is worth requesting a room overlooking the gardens, but tourists should note that unlike Parisian and American hotels, the balcony is largely ornamental! Breakfast is also a little disappointing, according to some guests, but there are plenty of eateries nearby where you can get a scrumptious fry up.