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Priding itself on offering something slightly different to the many standard hotels and guest houses that surround it, the Mayflower Hotel, London offers a unique experience, and one unlike many other three-star hotels available in Earls Court.
Earls Court itself is a diverse, vibrant and bohemian part of the city, at least relatively to its neighbours, Kensington and Knightsbridge. Having been subject to many different waves of immigration during the twentieth century, and having been an early hub for gay nightlife until the 1960s when it was superseded by Soho, Earls Court has been left with many different influences, all of which have enriched its culture. In the last 50 years, the area has seen waves of Polish, Australian and Filipino immigrants settle and stay in the area, which has traditionally been cheaper than the rest of Kensington and Chelsea. It is also home to unique treasures like the Finborough Theatre, which is one of Londons key venues for new work, and The Troubador, a coffee house that is also a music venue and that has seen the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Costello play there. There is also the Earls Court Exhibition Centre which plays host to such large shows as Crufts and the Royal Tournament. It also provides easy access to the rest of London, as the nearest tube station, Earls Court, on the same block as the hotel, is on both the Piccadilly and District Lines.
The hotel has 48 bedrooms, decorated in a unique style. There are high ceiling, hand-carved wooden beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, and Merino wool blankets. There is wifi internet access in all of the rooms. There is a juice bar in the reception area, with lounge chairs so that you can relax and refresh yourself. Breakfast is served in the breakfast room or adjoining tropical garden. All rooms include a private bathroom, climate control and a ceiling fan, and an electronic room safe. There is a personal hi-fi stereo system in every room, European plug sockets, and a satellite colour television. For your comfort, a hairdryer, trouser press, and tea and coffee-making facilities are provided.
Whilst the décor is distinctive, it is worth bearing in mind that it may not be to everyones taste. Some guests have complained that the hotel felt as if it were overstuffed with nicknacks and gewgaws on the surfaces. There is also a balcony that runs around the hotel, which is not divided from room to room, and some guests have found that they are disturbed by other using the balcony if they are trying to sleep for trade shows, or work,or just because they have a big day of sightseeing the next day.
The breakfast is basic but serviceable, and overall, if you are all right with the furnishings and the way the hotel is dressed it is a small but comfortable place to stay in Earls Court. Being in Earls Court, you have the Piccadilly Line right around the corner, with its direct connection to Heathrow Airport. So, if you are an international traveller, getting to or from The Mayflower Hotel could not really be easier.