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A superior two-star hotel, the Oxford Hotel, London in Earls Court, just around the corner from the tube station, is a comfortable, mid-ranged hotel, well-furnished and clean throughout. On a tree-lined street in one of Kensington and Chelseas most interesting districts, the Oxford Hotel is worth taking a closer look at if you are looking to explore London, but do not have an unlimited budget with which to book the luxury hotels of Mayfair and the West End.
In Earls Court you are close to a lot of what is attractive about London. You are either a reasonable walk or a couple of tube stops away from South Kensington, with its collection of museums and concert halls, which includes: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall. If you feel like giving your credit card a bit of a workout then Harrods is close by, a couple of tube stops away in Knightsbridge, or you could walk to the boutique an department stores of High Street Kensington. Earls Court itself is not without attractions as it has the Earls Court Exhibition Centre (where Crufts and the Royal Tournament are held every year) and Olympia. As a bustling suburb it also has a great selection of places to eat and drink, including the Troubadour Club, a coffee house and music venue where the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Elvis Costello all played (although not together).
All rooms at the Oxford Hotel come with an en suite bathroom and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. There are fridges, hairdryers and flat screen colour televisions in all of the rooms, too. The front desk is open 24 hours a day, and the staff are multilingual. All of the public areas are air-conditioned and there is wireless internet access available, although charges do apply. There is no on site parking, but there is a large public car park nearby. There is a garden and a concierge desk to make sure your stay is as comfortable as it possibly can be.
The Oxford Hotel emphasises that it does not provide luxury accommodation. The rooms are small but functional, and a lot of luxury has been sacrificed in order to keep prices down. There are also charges for a lot of things that are complimentary at other hotels: the storage of luggage after checkout, wireless internet access, paying by credit card. Although the room prices seem low, potential patrons should be aware of what else might be cropping up on their bill by the time they check out.
Nevertheless, the Oxford Hotel is in an excellent location. Earls Court tube station is just around the corner, and it has a direct link on the Piccadilly Line to Heathrow Airport. Going the other way, it can also take you right into the heart of the West End. Having access to the District Line also puts a lot of east and west London at your disposal. In all, then, the Oxford is a cheap but convenient option which might be worth a look as a last resort.