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Based in the affluent, trendy Kensington district, The Park International Hotel's Checkmate bar and restaurant (possibly named for its stylish checkerboard floor) is a popular addition to the vibrant, up market nightlife of the area. Checkmate is renowned for its authentic Thai food, big screen sports screenings, innovative cocktails and trendy decor. So much so that it was recently used as the setting for UK singer Tiger Lilly's music video, so this should give you an idea of the kind of funky chic and hip, young clientele you can expect in this hotel.
The Park International's contemporary rooms range from Single to Quad, with Deluxe rooms and Suites also available. They are decorated in an understated, elegant style, which complements the hotel's Victorian facade, including luxurious extras such as Egyptian cotton linen, flat screen TVs and L'Occitaine bath products. Guests at the hotel should be aware that rooms can be compact and whilst this may be a typical trait of London's Victorian-conversion hotels, the area has a wide selection of budget accommodation options so you may wish to stay elsewhere if a large room is a deal breaker for you. Rooms can also be noisy due to Cromwell Road traffic, so Hotel Assist recommends requesting a room on an upper floor if you are a light sleeper. If you do have any problems or queries, hotel staff are reportedly very friendly and willing to help. Aside from the bar and restaurant, facilities at the hotel include a gym and a breakfast room, where a large buffet is served. Guests have praised the breakfast for the wide choice of items, but if you wish to eat out there are many cafes nearby.
The hotel is very well placed for local amenities and attractions. The hotel does have free Wi-fi, but there is also an Internet cafe across the road. If you don't want to splash out on the restaurant, there is a 24-hour Sainsbury's mega store opposite, and a Waitrose supermarket, Starbucks, Paul bakery and a creperie (Cremerie) all within five minutes walk. The hotel is a few minutes walk from the museum district, where you can visit the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History Museums. The Royal Albert Hall is a ten-minute walk away so you can visit for a spectacular show, and Earls Court exhibition Centre is very close if you are attending one of the many excellent trade or theatrical shows held there. Shopaholics can also indulge in some of London's finest stores, with Harrods and Harvey Nichols a short walk away and Cromwell Road's selection of high street and designer shops.
Transport links are also very good. The Park International Hotel is two minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station and five minutes to Earls Court tube station. Earls Court services the District and Piccadilly lines, and Gloucester road services the Circle line as well. From both stations there are direct links to Victoria Station (where you can transfer to Gatwick Airport); Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express train terminates); King's Cross St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminates); and Heathrow Airport via the Piccadilly line. If driving to the hotel, it is placed on the A4 road, which is accessible from the M25 and M4. The hotel is well placed for transport links to and from central London, whether you are arriving by bus, car, National Rail or from overseas.
The hotel's location, lively bar and breakfast buffet make this a cut above some of the hotels in the area. There is also an option to upgrade your room for a small fee, which is recommended if staying for more than one night to ensure a more comfortable stay. The Park International occasionally does deals on room rates and Hotel Assist strongly advises guests to check room prices before booking to make sure you are getting the most value for money. If this isn't the case, you may be better placed to stay in one of the area's more reasonable hotels and vicariously enjoying the ambience by popping in for a cocktail in the bar.