Search for cheapest prices: Premier Inn London Kensington Olympia
It's always easy to spot a Premier Inn, even amongst the identical, elegant white town houses of Olympia in Kensington, you just have to look for the slightly garish purple flags over the doorway, which at least makes these budget hotels easy to spot. The Premier Inn may be a low-cost chain hotel, but housed inside a 19th century building in this attractive area of London, makes it seem just that bit more upmarket, and its location also allows for convenient access to the sights and attractions of this attractive London quarter.
The outside of the hotel may be Victorian, but after a recent refurbishment, the inside is sleek and modern, comprising of a restaurant serving a hearty breakfast buffet (at an extra cost) and traditional and contemporary British dishes; a relaxing bar area; and a Costa coffee shop for those on the go. The hotel's rooms are also modern in style, with comfortable furnishings and fittings and a good range of amenities. All rooms come with Hypnos mattresses, Fogarty duvets and pillows, a flat-screen TV with free view and over 80 TV and radio channels, a Wi-Fi connection (at a surcharge), complimentary toiletries, a writing desk and blackout curtains to ensure that relaxation is the main consideration. Staff are very friendly and helpful and the hotel reception is manned 24 hours a day, to ensure you are looked after at all times.
The hotel's trump card is its truly excellent location. Situated along the lively Cromwell Road, where you will find a selection of shops, pubs and eateries, you are well placed to visit exhibitions at Earls Court and Olympia exhibition centres, which are accessible on foot or by tube. Heading east from the hotel, you will come across the very affluent areas of Knightsbridge and South Kensington, where you will see elegant vintage cars lining the road and some rather well heeled citizens going about their business. It's unsurprising that shopping Meccas, Harrods and Harvey Nichols department stores, are both located here, alongside a range of exclusive designer boutiques. South Kensington is home to some of London's best museums, almost all in one street! Along Exhibition Road you will find the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums, which all offer many hours of entertainment with interactive exhibits and seasonal exhibitions. South Kensington is also home to Hyde Park, London's largest green space, which contains The Serpentine Gallery and a range of outdoor activities for sunnier months and just south of the park is the Royal Albert Hall, home to musical extravaganzas and the BBC Proms.
North of the hotel, you will find Kensington High Street, which is also excellent for shopping with a Whole Foods supermarket, Karen Millen, Urban Outfitters, Hotel Chocolat and more. Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Diana is also located here, where you can take a tour of the building and see some of her dresses, which are still on show.
Transport links from the Premier Inn Olympia 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 be the most elegant of accommodation options for the area and some may feel that it lacks personality, but it is reliably good, with a highly praised breakfast menu and very attentive staff. If staying here avoid the basement rooms, as these tend to be a bit dark and can be small, and if you are staying in the summer months be sure to request a room with windows that open, as some don't.