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Hotel Lily is situated in southwest London, near Hammersmith and Fulham, close to local transport and sights. The two-star hotel offers some very affordable accommodation for budget conscious business and leisure travellers, and the hotel has plans for refurbishment, of which their bright, welcoming lobby is just the beginning.
The hotel has 110 spacious guest bedrooms, decorated in a modern style with tasteful furnishings, with comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms and a range of in-room amenities including colour televisions, direct-dial phones, central heating and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, all the basics you will need during your stay. The room rate includes a cooked, full English breakfast to give you a good start to a long day of sight seeing. Previous guests have said that the breakfast is passable, but you may prefer to sample the selection in one of the many cafes nearby, or head to the local Starbucks, where you can use the free Wi-Fi connection, as the hotel doesn't offer this service.
The hotel is in a very good location for seeing local sights. Earls Court exhibition centre is just a three-minute walk away for concerts and trade shows such as the Ideal Home Show. Olympia exhibition centre, where you can see extravagant shows such as The Royal Tournament and the London International Horse Show, is just one tube stop away, so the hotel is perfect for people visiting or exhibiting at shows. Football fans are well catered for with Stamford Bridge stadium, home to Chelsea Football Club is just a few minutes walk away and any prospective students for the London Film Academy or Kensington and Chelsea College, will find the hotel very convenient as it is situated just a short walk away. The Finborough Theatre, Troubadour Cafe and Cineworld on Fulham Road offer some evening entertainment options, and whilst it may be morbid for some, Brompton Cemetery has some graves of note and some interesting architecture if you don't get too spooked out.
The hotel is very well located for the sights of South Kensington, about a 30 minute walk away or short tube ride from Earls Court station, South Kensington is home to the Royal Albert Hall; Hyde Park, with The Serpentine Gallery and a host of outdoor activities; the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums; and Harrods luxury goods emporium, where you can buy designer clothes, artisan foods, perfume, high-tech goods and even pets! Kensington High Street has a great range of shops and bars and some quirky attractions such as Urban Golf, Archery and the Linley Sambourne House, which is decorated, as it would have been in the Victorian era. Kensington Palace and gardens, the former home of Princess Diana is also located here.
The hotel doesn't cater for evening meals, but there are some excellent eateries to try nearby, from goodies to pick up at Union Market, to exotic cuisines at Taiwan Village and Best Mangal, to traditional British fare in My Dining Room.
Transport links from Hotel Lily are very 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.
Hotel Lily may be basic, but it's reasonable rates and excellent location make this a good place to consider for your stay; however, some issues with room cleanliness, noise in the hotel and worn fixtures and fittings mean that there may be a better place to stay, and some guests may prefer to stay in one of the Victorian town house hotels, which have more character. If you do choose to stay here, try to avoid the basement rooms, which can be very dark.