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The Premier Inn Kensington might not be in one of the most attractive buildings in the Earls Court district of London, housed in a modern brick block, but it does offer reliably good accommodation for a very reasonable location and for transport, sights and attractions you couldn't be better placed, with the Earls Court and Olympia exhibition centres very close by and the museums and shops of South Kensington just a fifteen minute walk away. If you are exhibiting at or visiting one of the exhibition centres' many trade shows and events you will find the Premier Inn very convenient, so whether you're going to watch the Crufts Dog Show or sample the delights of the Ideal Home Show, you can travel back and forth with ease.
The Premier Inn offers tastefully decorated rooms, with dashes of their trademark purple and simple, comfortable furnishings. The rooms are designed with guest relaxation in mind, with Hypnos mattresses, Fogarty duvets and pillows, a power shower, a flat-screen free view TV with over 80 channels, Imperial Leather toiletries, a hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and even blackout curtains to ensure you get a good night's sleep. Wi-Fi Internet access is also available and all rooms are universally accessible.
The hotel even has a restaurant, serving a tasty selection of dishes, with an extensive dessert menu, and a Costa coffee shop for those on the go. A cooked or continental breakfast is available for an extra price and includes an 'eat as much as you like' option for those who need a hearty start to the day. If you don't fancy paying for breakfast at the hotel, there are some great cafes nearby where you can find a wide choice of snacks and brunch items.
The Premier Inn's stellar location means that you can walk to South Kensington in just 15 minutes. Here you will find the austere buildings of the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums, some of which are very ornate. These museums are extremely popular attractions, with a wide range of artifacts to explore and interactive fun for kids and big kids alike. The Royal Albert Hall is also nearby and within the stunning, domed structure you can see classical and contemporary musical extravaganzas, but for an extra treat, book an opera box for the Christmas concert, where you can enjoy mince pies and sherry with your carols.
Hyde Park is the closest you will get to the countryside in the middle of the city, and as London's largest green space it offers a great escape from the centre of town. Here you can enjoy tennis, boating on the Serpentine Lake, open-air concerts and you can visit The Serpentine Gallery, which also has a unique, artist-designed Pavilion during the summer months. For shopaholics, two of London's most renowned department stores, Harrods and Harvey Nichols are located in nearby Knightsbridge. One is laid back and chic and the other is a hedonistic, over the top bazaar, but both are worth a visit.
Transport links from the Premier Inn are also 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 and Victoria Station, where you can catch the Gatwick Express Train.
The Premier Inn may not have the charm and character of some of the area's boutique hotels, but for a very affordable rate and a great location you can't do much better. Staff are exceedingly helpful and rooms offer a warm and cosy place to spend the night, however, if you are a light sleeper, it is best to avoid rooms on the downstairs floor, which are occasionally disturbed by train noise and opt for a room at the end of a corridor to avoid any noise from late night revellers.