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Located in a quiet square, within five minutes walk of Victoria rail, tube and coach stations, the Elizabeth Hotel is ideally located for local sights and attractions. Close to Buckingham Palace and the Royal Parks and just a short tube journey away from all of London's major tourist sites it is ideal for first-time and repeat visitors to London alike.
Housed in three of the charming Victorian town houses, which abound in the area, built in 1850, the hotel retains some of the original features, including a unique, domed conservatory and rooms are decorated in keeping with the traditional style.
Each of the 38 rooms is comfortably appointed and decorated with antique style furnishings, sympathetic to the period building, with chintz fabrics, the occasional chez longe and even lace doilies for a charming, old world ambience. The in-room amenities add modern comforts to the room, and help guests to relax and stay connected. These include tea and coffee making facilities, a direct dial telephone, free wireless broadband, a radio clock, and hairdryer and colour TV. There are also multi-bedded rooms, which are idea for families with young children.
A full English breakfast is served in the restaurant, which features a photographic history of the square, Number 37 and the hotel's previous residents on its walls. Guests in the hotel can also enjoy access to the beautiful Eccleston Square Gardens where they can see rare plants. The tennis court within the gardens can also be booked for play. The hotel' restaurant offers a 'country casual' style of cooking, with rustic flavours and salads with homegrown herbs and leaves.
The hotel is just a few seconds away from London's largest green space, Hyde Park, where solo travellers and families alike will find a host of entertaining and inspiring activities. For those who prefer the great outdoors, you can rent a pedalo or hop on the Serpentine's solar powered shuttle boat, or go for a horse ride and play a game of tennis. If you prefer a more cultured afternoon, you can visit The Serpentine Gallery, which has featured work from seminal artists such as Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Bridget Riley. The Gallery also features a stunning Pavilion, which changes every year as a new artist is commissioned to design it; past incarnations have included giant metallic teepees and a spinning top. If you want to buy some souvenirs, and perhaps a little treat for yourself, you will find yourself at the centre of London's best shopping districts, with Notting Hill's artistic boutiques and Kensington's exclusive shops to the west and Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street's 400 or so shops to the west, you will be within walking distance of anything you desire, no matter how pricy it may be. For evening's entertainment, you can visit the Royal Albert Hall across Hyde Park, or stay local and visit The Criterion Theatre, which supports up and coming playwrights.
The hotel has a perfect location for easy transport links, with Lancaster Gate tube station mere minutes away. This station services the Central line, which will take you into central London and beyond. The hotel is also a five-minute walk away from Bayswater tube station, which services the District and Circle lines. From here you have direct links to Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express Train terminates), Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates) and many other areas of London, including Notting Hill, which is famed for its carnival. If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated near the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone. An NCP car park is located very nearby in Queensway for overnight parking.
This hotel has a great deal of character and the service is tailored to guests personal needs, whether it is rustling up a late night sandwich or offering a complimentary glass of wine on a birthday celebration, these thoughtful touches will make a real difference to your stay. The rooms could do with a touch of sprucing here and there, but are comfortable and clean, although mobility-impaired guests should be aware that spiral stairs and a tiny lift make this hotel difficult to negotiate, so a room on the ground floor might be a better option.