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The Manor Hotel in Kensington is situated in one of Earls Court's many elegant, 19th century town houses, and whilst the inside may be slightly ramshackle, this only adds to its charm, making you feel as if you're staying in an old English eccentric's home for a short time. The hotel's affordable rates and convenient location certainly make it even more charming, as it is convenient for both transport and attractions. Staff are also friendly, multi-lingual and helpful and will ensure you are welcomed warmly and appear to be very accommodating, if previous guest's accounts are to be believed.
The hotel's 26 guest rooms are decorated in an eclectic traditional style, which errs towards shabby chic, but are suitably comfy and cosy. In-room amenities include heating, a direct to reception telephone, a colour TV with remote control and more. At the 24-hour reception desk you will find local information and extra services such as a safety deposit box, luggage storage, fax, photocopier and newspapers and magazines are also available at the front desk. Breakfast is included in the rate, but previous guests have been less than impressed with the selection, so it is advisable to try some of the local cafes such as Bencho or Pascucci Coffee Shop nearby; or the local Starbucks where you can also get a reliable Wi-Fi connection. There is also a great selection of restaurants nearby for evening meals, including chains such as Nandos and Wagamamas, Iranian cuisine at Mohsen and popular Chinese fare at Mr Wing.
The hotel is in an excellent location for visiting local sights and attractions. Just walking distance from Earls Court Exhibition Centre and one tube stop away from Olympia Exhibition Centre, it's very convenient for those attending or exhibiting at shows such as The Ideal Home Show, The London International Horse Show or Crufts Dog Show, the world-renowned canine competition. In South Kensington, just a short walk away, you will find the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums; the Royal Albert Hall for concerts; Hyde Park; The Serpentine Gallery; Kensington Palace and Gardens and so much more.
Those who want to splash some cash won't be disappointed, with Harrods and Harvey Nichols department stores, the King's Road in Chelsea, Kensington High Street and Notting Hill all just a short walk or tube ride away, you can shop until you drop. Transport links from the Manor Hotel are also 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.
The Manor Hotel may not be the most elegant choice for the area, but for the price you couldn't be placed in a better location and the hotel's quirky charms may win you over during your stay as it has some previous guests. The hotel unfortunately doesn't have a lift, which may be problematic for guests with mobility difficulties.