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The Lord Jim hotel in Earl's Court is a bright modern budget hotel. The Lord Jim is conveniently located only a short distance from Earl's Court Exhibition Centre. Olympia Exhibition Centre is just one tube stop away, so you will be ideally located to attend fairs, concerts and trade shows, such as the Ideal Home Show, The Royal Tournament and Crufts Dog Show. The hotel is also great for exhibitors.
The Lord Jim Hotel is housed in an elegant 19th century building on a quiet street. Rooms are tastefully decorated with en-suite bathrooms and a range of amenities, including central heating, a colour TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a direct dial telephone. Some guests have found rooms a little small, a typical feature of a town house conversion, so solo travellers might prefer to book a double room for a bit of extra space.
The hotel also has Internet facilities, security cameras, a lift, laundry service and lounge for guests to relax in. The hotel staff are very friendly and happy to offer information about local sights, attractions and tours. A continental breakfast is offered in the room rate, but guests have found it a little unimaginative, but there are plenty of cafes nearby where you can pick up yummy treats. Try Reza's Patisserie for Iranian pastries and cakes. The hotel doesn't cater for evening meals, but if you came to London just to eat in the hotel you would be missing out, there are plenty of eateries nearby, including chains such as Byron Burger and Pizza Express and gastropubs such as The Pembroke, which is very popular with locals and serves a good range of ales.
Earl's Court tube station is literally two minutes walk away from the Lord Jim, and connects the hotel with the local attractions in South Kensington, including High Street Kensington, the former home of Princess Diana and birthplace of Queen Victoria, near Kensington Gardens, where there is a memorial fountain to the People's Princess and Hyde Park, where you can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, including open air concerts. The Royal Albert Hall and the Natural History and Science Museums are some of the area's most popular places to visit, and the Victoria & Albert Museum is situated in a stunning building and houses some fascinating curios, from postmodernist furniture to Victorian biscuit tins.
Shopping in this part of London is truly fabulous, but can be pricey, as some of London's wealthiest residents live here. Harrods Department Store is worth a look simply for the sheer size and opulence of the items on sale, even if you can't afford to splash out, and Harvey Nichols offers some very chic luxury wares.
Transport links from the Lord Jim Hotel are very good, with Gloucester Road 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.
The Lord Jim's fantastic location and affordable prices are its stand out features, as the hotel could do with some refurbishment and attention to detail, although this is a good option for those who don't want to spend too much and just need a bed for the night. If staying here, try to get a corner room near the back of the hotel, as this will be quieter. Also, the bigger the room you get, the better the quality, so it is advised to upgrade for your stay.