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LH Comment: The Oliver is what we call a last resort hotel.
The situation is a good one being very handy for Earls Court tube station but firstly its on a major arterial road which is busy night and day and, secondly, there is nothing good to comment about the hotel itself.
About the Oliver Hotel
The Oliver hotel is a budget hotel near Earl's Court in South Kensington. Located on the Cromwell Road, the Oliver is less than five minutes walk from Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, so it is perfect for those who are visiting or exhibiting at a trade show, concert or event. Olympia exhibition centre, the oldest of the two grand venues, is just one tube stop away on the District line, so you are well placed to visit both for The Ideal Home Show, The London International Horse Show, Crufts and The Royal Tournament.
The Oliver Hotel is situated just off the Cromwell Road on a quiet side street, close to the renowned Cromwell Hospital, an upmarket treatment facility. The hotel is housed in one of the elegant 19th century town houses, which line the streets of the area and overlooks one of the many pleasant gardens squares dotted around Earls Court. Rooms at the hotel range from Double and Twin rooms to Quad so can easily accommodate visiting families. Guest rooms are slightly cosy (a typical trait of town house conversions), but they are decorated in a tasteful style with a warm colour scheme, with a homely feel, much like the rest of the hotel, which has the odd chandelier placed here and there. In-room amenities are good for a low-cost hotel, including a trouser press, safe, hair dryer, en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a direct dial phone, flat-screen TV, fan and fresh towels. All the basics you will need during your visit.
The hotel has a 24 hour reception and also offers free Wi-Fi, which is allegedly reliable, and a range of extra services, including photocopying, a comfortable guest lounge with a TV, free golf club hire for the nearby Ealing Golf Club, a lift and a luggage room. A continental breakfast is included in the room rate, but some guests have been unimpressed with the selection, so you may prefer to try one of the many cafes nearby. The hotel doesn't cater for evening meals, but there are so many great restaurants nearby you won't be disappointed. Black & Blue offers an elegant take on traditional diner food, Bugis Street Brasserie offers an international menu, Meursault offers Japanese cuisine and there are also lots of chain restaurants such as Nandos and Zizzis close by if you don't want to blow your budget.
The Oliver Hotel is in a fantastic location, from which you can walk to some of London's best sights and attractions. The Science Museum, Natural History Museums and Victoria & Albert Museum are all within a ten minute walk along Exhibition Road, where you will also find the sprawling Imperial College campus. Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and the Royal Albert Hall are also nearby, where you can enjoy a range of outdoor activities, take a tour of Princess Diana's former home, or treat yourself to an opera box as you watch a musical spectacular, if you arrive at Christmas time, the Royal Albert Hall puts on a splendid carol service with decorations and mince pies in the foyer too. Those who want to indulge in some retail therapy will be thrilled to find huge department stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols nearby and for some evening entertainment head to the Troubadour Cafe, which was once the haunt of Oliver Reed, Paul Weller and Jimi Hendrix; you can still see live music here and the night usually ends up in a bit of a sing-along!
Transport links form the Oliver Hotel are 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.
The Oliver Hotel has proved popular with past guests, but it is important to keep in mind that as a budget hotel, this is a comparably good place to spend a few nights, in an area where the hotels can be decidedly average, and store your luggage whilst you explore London, so those who want something a bit decent you should look elsewhere. The location of the hotel is excellent and the price is fair, so if you adjust your expectations accordingly, you should still have a fair stay here.