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Located in a leafy side street, stone steps lead up to the reception area with fresh flowers and deep red armchairs. Once a home for Catholic women, the high-ceilinged Georgian building offers business people and couples a relaxed retreat away from the bustle of Earls Court. Renovations in the late 1990s restored the original cornices of the building, while bringing bedrooms and bathrooms up to modern standards.
Maranton House is a boutique hotel with only 16 guest rooms, all of hich are tastefully decorated with colour-coordinated linens in chintzes and creams and traditional flourishes such as curtain tiebacks and checkerboard floors in bathrooms. In-room amenities include a colour TV (with free-view in some rooms) and video player, a hostess tray with coffee and tea making facilities and individual heat controls, so you will have an adequate range of modern comforts to hand.
Guests can unwind with a drink in the breakfast room-cum-bar or opt for room service and plug their computers into the dial-up Internet service in their rooms. If you require a Wi-Fi connection, a Starbucks Cafe is just a few minutes walk away, so you can use their free connection. The hotel also contains a luggage storage area, so you can explore after you have checked out; 24-hour access to the hotel, which is handy with such great nightlife nearby; and express check out service; currency exchange; and the hotel is pet friendly, so you can bring your four little friend along too.
The hotel is very well situated for sights and attractions. The establishment sits in the Earls Court area of London, in many ways the cooler cousin of the nearby Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge areas. Earls Court is filled with stunning Georgian architecture, but maintains an edgier chic, where nearby areas can appear stuffy and stuck up, Earls Court's waves of immigrants and its pre-60s reputation for gay nightclubs (after which, the Soho area became the place to be) has meant that it enjoys a bohemian vibe. There is much evidence of this in the surrounding area, The Troubadour Cafe has seen live performances from Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Paul Weller and The Finborough Theatre shows award winning plays by London's up and coming playwrights. If you wish to explore the nearby areas, Kensington's museums and luxury shops, Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and Gardens, Buckingham Palace and Chelsea's King's Road shops are all just a short bus or tube ride away. The Albert Memorial, commissioned by Queen Victoria in the 19th century to commemorate her late husband, Prince Albert, is just a 10-minute walk away in Hyde Park. An elaborate structure with various friezes and pillars of red granite, it has recently been restored to its original splendor and recovered in gold leaf. Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres, which host The International London Horse Show and Crufts (as well as many other non-animal themed shows!), are both very close to the hotel.
The hotel is situated very close to Earls Court station, where you can catch the District Circle and Piccadilly lines. From here you have direct links to Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express terminates); Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express terminates); King's Cross, St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminus is located); and many more areas of London. If you are driving to the hotel, it can be accessed from the main A4 road, via the M4 and M25, and parking is available in the NCP in Pembroke Road just a few minutes walk away.
This hotel is one of the better budget accommodation options around Earls Court, with clean rooms, a bit of character and a fantastic location, you should have a comfortable and convenient stay, guests coming to this hotel should be aware that you need to request freeview on your TV in advance if this is a deal breaker for you and some guests have had some surprising charges on the bill for extras such as cleaners wages, so keep a tally on what you should and shouldn't owe at the end of your stay.