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Hollingbury Hotel is a quaint, very reasonably priced bed and breakfast in the lesser-known area of Harlesden, northwest London, which has become more gentrified in recent years and offers fairly good transport links to central London. Harlesden is a peaceful, quiet, largely residential area, which has a vibrant multi-ethnic community and a mix of Brazilian, Caribbean and Australian communities and young professionals.
The hotel has a homely feel, housed in a typical terraced house of the area and decorated in a cosy, traditional style. Rooms range from Single to Quad sizes and offer comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, individual control heaters, ironing facilities on request, laundry services if needed, a colour TV with Sky and multi-lingual satellite channels, a hairdryer, DVD player, wake up call facility and wireless internet connection. The hotel is family friendly and offers some extra services such as a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a safety deposit box. A continental breakfast buffet is offered, but guests have said that the choice is uninspired at best, so it is advised to check out the diverse range of cafes in the nearby area. Dining options in Harlesden are very god, with Jamaican Jerk Chicken, The New Atlas and Palace Tandoori Restaurant reflecting the international flavour of the area.
Aside from the Shri Swarminarayan Mandir, a glorious Hindu Temple, situated close to the hotel; Roundwood Park; and Wembley Arena and Stadium, which are accessible by bus from the hotel, the Harlesden area is somewhat light on entertainment, with more attractions to be found in Kilburn (The Tricycle Theatre); Uxbridge Road (Bush Hall, a unique gig venue); or Wood Lane, where you can visit the BBC Television Centre. However, with little to see near the hotel you will need to rely on local transport to see the best of London. Luckily, Harlesden tube station is located just 10 minutes from the hotel, from which you can catch the Bakerloo direct to Paddington Station (for the Heathrow Express Train); Baker Street, for Madame Tussaud's Waxwork museum and The Sherlock Holmes Museum; Regent's Park, for London Zoo and an open-air theatre; Oxford Street shops; Piccadilly Circus, for London's theatres; and Waterloo for the South Bank exhibition centres. The hotel is also outside the Congestion Charge zone, and accessible from the M1 and A406 roads.
The Hollingbury Hotel has received mixed reviews from previous guests. It appears that the hotel itself has some maintenance issues and could do with a little updating; however, the main issue is that the hotel's location is awkward for guests who want to see London sights. Harlesden may be a good place to stay if you are visiting relatives in the area, but otherwise there is not much to do and central London is fairly far away, forcing you to rely on public transport, and making it difficult to return to the hotel at night; so it may be best to pay a little more and find a hotel closer to the centre.