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The Kensington district of London is an extremely affluent and picturesque part of the city, which London's elite calls home. Few people can afford the high rents on the elegant Victorian town houses here, but it is possible to experience the high life for a short while, by booking into the Kensington Park Apartments, a 3-star aparthotel, which offers privacy, convenience and comfort in this exclusive area.
The apartments are available from Single to Quad budget sizes, with a few Deluxe units for a special stay. The apartments are decorated in a traditional style, sympathetic to the red brick building they are housed in, with fireplaces, molded cornices and antique style furnishings, with modern, fully stocked kitchen units and all the contemporary comforts you will require during your stay. All apartments include a satellite TV, direct-dial telephone, washer/dryers, fax facilities, a Wi-Fi Internet connection, dining table and chairs and a maid service is offered. If required, extra services, such as limousine and taxi hire, which can be booked through the reception desk.
The hotel is in a fantastic location; just 2 minutes walk from Kensington Gardens. There is a stunning range of shops, eateries and pubs along Kensington High Street, including a huge Whole Foods supermarket, where you can pick up groceries to cook in your kitchen unit. The area also has some excellent restaurants if you prefer to dine out. Babylon at Kensington Roof Gardens is very expensive, but worth splashing out on for the exquisite gardens secreted away on the roof, where you can see fully-grown trees and live flamingoes. If this is a little out of your price range, there are cheaper eats to be had at Stick & Bowl's Chinese restaurant, Giraffe and Wodka, where you can sample fine Polish fare.
The apartments are very close to London sights, including the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums, which are just a 15-minute walk away along Exhibition Road. The Royal Albert Hall is also in South Kensington, home of the BBC proms, where you can enjoy classical concerts and up and coming musicians in austere surroundings. Harrods Department Store and the high-end Knightsbridge shops are all within easy reach of the aparthotel. Harrods is a must see, with its ornate Egyptian escalators, pet store and 32 restaurants, all under one roof. If London is sunny when you arrive, you may prefer to spend some time outside, and Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens offers lush green spaces where you can enjoy a picnic, horse riding, open air concerts and boating on the Serpentine Lake. The Serpentine modern art gallery and Kensington Palace are both housed in the grounds, so you have somewhere to take cover if London's skies turn grey.
High Street Kensington tube station is a five-minute walk from the hotel, which services the District and Circle lines. From here you can directly travel to Paddington Station for the Heathrow Express Train; Victoria Station for the Gatwick Express Train; King's Cross St Pancras Station for the Eurostar terminus; and many other areas of central London.
The location of the Kensington Park apartments truly is superb; however according to previous guests, the apartments don't quite live up to this location and there have been issues with maintenance and cleanliness reported. If you want to be as close as possible to West London's attractions and sights you may be willing to overlook this, but there are plenty of hotels in the area, which charge the same or just a little more, so it is advised to shop around before booking. If you stay here, the apartments in the basements tend to be larger, but apartments on higher floors are brighter and have better views of the surrounding area.