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Only a couple of minutes walk from the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, the Kensington Court Hotel, and London is nestled in a quiet spot in one of London’s more interesting suburbs. It is a three-star hotel with 35 rooms, offering a nice combination of convenience, local interest, and price.
Earls Court itself is a bohemian little district in the heart of the expensive and exclusive Kensington and Chelsea. From the bustling Earls Court Road to the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, the area offers something slightly different from its surrounding districts. There are tiny local gems like The Troubadour, a coffee shop that also serves as a music venue, and at which Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Costello have all played. There is the Exhibition Centre itself, home to some of the country's biggest trade and consumer shows: it is where you can see Crufts and the Royal Tournament. Successive waves of immigration (Polish, Australian, and Filipino) as well as a reputation as an early gay nightspot before Soho superseded it in the 1960s have left the area with a more diverse and vibrant feel than much of the rest of Kensington and Chelsea. It offers all the advantages of those other areas: stately Victorian architecture, proximity to the centre of London, but Earls Court always feels like it has a little more going on. The nearest tube station is Earls Court; just a few minutes walk from the hotel.
The Kensington Court Hotel offers bed and breakfast to the budget-level guest. The hotel has a bar, a lounge and restaurant, which provide somewhere to take refreshment when pausing from sightseeing or business. The hotel offers laundry and dry cleaning services, and can organise car hire and sightseeing expeditions. Each of the rooms has a satellite colour television, an alarm clock, and a tea and coffee tray to welcome you to your room.
Earls Court is an ideal spot for the international traveller, as Heathrow airport is a direct tube ride away on the Piccadilly Line from Earls Court station. The Piccadilly Line can also whisk you into town, directly to Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, or Green Park (if you want to see Buckingham Palace). The District Line also runs from Earls Court, and this can take you out of town to suburbs like Wimbledon or Richmond, or right up to Tower Bridge. The famous Portobello market is nearby, and within a tube stop or two you can be trawling the shops of Knightsbridge and High Street Kensington, or taking a relaxed, cultured afternoon in the museums and concert halls of South Kensington.
The hotel is quiet and well appointed. The rooms, however, do not have air conditioning, although that is rarely a problem in London. The rooms are small, but most guests agree that the location is very handy whether you are visiting Earls Court or wanting to explore the centre of London. Some guests have reported problems with the amounts and timings of when their credit cards have been charged, however, so you may want to keep an eye on this.