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Belsize Park in northwest London is an extremely pleasant and affluent area of the city, with quirky 19th century houses and leafy green enclaves to explore. The Premier Inn in the area may be housed in a somewhat unsightly, modern complex, but it offers a chance to enjoy this picturesque and safe area, close to London sights and transport, for very affordable rates.
The Premier Inn offers very comfortable rooms, with purple accents and clean modern furnishings. The rooms also have an array of amenities to help guests to relax, work and play. These include king-size Hypnos beds, Fogarty duvets and pillows, power showers, an LCD TV with freeview, satellite and radio channels, a Wi-Fi connection, Imperial Leather toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities, a hair dryer and even blackout curtains to ensure a good night's sleep. The hotel has friendly and welcoming reception staff, on-hand 24-hours a day and comprises of a restaurant serving a hearty breakfast menu (at an extra cost) and a modern, international evening menu. The food is reportedly good, however, the Belsize Park area is renowned for its unique eateries and cafes, so you may wish to try Marine Ices, for artisan ice cream; Trojka for Russian delicacies; Belgo Noord for European ales and a laid back vibe; or Monkeychews to mingle with the locals and sample a tempting gastropub menu.
The hotel is in a fantastic location from which to visit local sights. Hampstead Heath and Kenwood House are both just a ten-minute walk away. The Heath is one of London's most popular green spots, with panoramic views of the city, nature reserves and acres of country in the centre of the city. Kenwood Home is an elegant 18th century stately home, where visitors can tour the opulent furnishings and artwork by luminaries such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Johannes Vermeer and Joshua Reynolds. Hampstead feels more like a village than part of central London, so it also has some quirky shops and bars to try once you have finished looking around the heath.
For something a little less genteel, the Premier Inn is also just a ten minute walk from Camden Town, where you will find colourful markets, live music in almost every bar and more established venues such as The Roundhouse, Underworld, Barfly and Koko, for larger acts and club nights.
The Premier Inn also has fantastic transport links; with Belsize Park tube station just a few minutes walk away. This station services the Northern Line, from which you can access the Eurostar terminal at King's Cross St Pancras Station in just 4 stops; Bank, for London's financial and business district in 8 stops; Leicester Square, for central London sights, in 7 stops; and Waterloo for the South Bank exhibition centres and transport links to other areas of the UK in 10 stops.
The Premier Inn may not be a little too characterless for some, as it certainly stands out like a sore thumb against the quaint 19th century buildings in the surrounding area. However, this does offer very cheap accommodation in a wealthy area and easy access to the major sights of London, so as long as you are willing to look past the garish purple awnings, this is a great option for those travelling on a budget.