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Earl's Court is a fantastic area of London, ideally situated close to the extremely affluent and picturesque districts Kensington and Chelsea, the area is peaceful and largely residential, with many stunning Victorian town houses lining the streets. The area also has fantastic transport links and a great range of shops and restaurants, so if you stay here you will be able to explore London with ease, so it is very fortuitous that the area is filled with so many great budget hotels. The Sara Hotel is one such establishment; nestled in a secluded, one way crescent, this low-cost, tourist-class hotel is a good option for either the leisure or business traveler, especially if you are attending an event or trade show at Olympia or Earl's Court exhibition centres.
Rooms at The Sara Hotel are clean and comfortable, the decor leans towards shabby chic and some refurbishment is needed, but rooms are very serviceable as a base for exploring and a place to lay your head. In-room amenities include a private shower and toilet, central heating, a hair dryer, a colour TV and a free Wi-fi connection, which is a real plus, as many four- and five-star hotels in London charge for this service. Staff are very friendly and extra services can be requested from reception, including ironing facilities, wake-up calls, a valuables safe, fax and photocopying facilities and a luggage storage room is available for a small fee. The very affordable room rate also includes a very satisfying continental breakfast and guests have use of Soho Gym's facilities, which is located just a few minutes walk away.
The hotel's location is ideal for visiting Earl's Court Exhibition Centre. The area was initially a wasteland until circus shows such as Buffalo Bill's Wild West Act came into town and needed a large space to exhibit. From this the centre grew into the huge cultural and trade landmark it is today and nowadays hosts music concerts, elaborate shows such as The Royal Variety Performance and trade exhibitions such as The Ideal Home Show, so if you stay in The Sara Hotel, you will only have to walk for a few minutes to be at the Centre. Olympia Exhibition Centre is also just one tube stop away on the District Line from Earl's Court Underground Station. Kensington is easily reached by bus or tube from the hotel, where you can visit The Royal Albert Hall; Hyde Park; Kensington Palace and Gardens; The Victoria & Albert, Natural History and Science Museums; and fantastic luxury shops such as Harrods Department Store and Harvey Nichols. Beyond this you can also reach Buckingham Palace, Mayfair shops, Soho, Oxford Street shops and much more.
The hotel enjoys fantastic transport links, with two tube stations nearby, Earl's Court and West Brompton. West Brompton services the District line and will take you to interesting areas near The Thames such as Putney and Wimbledon, where you can enjoy a spot of tennis. From Earl's Court station, you can catch the District Circle and Piccadilly lines. From here you have direct links to Heathrow Station (via the Piccadilly line); Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express terminates); Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express terminates); King's Cross, St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminus is located); and many more areas of London. If you are driving to the hotel, it can be accessed from the main A4 road, via the M4 and M25. The hotel has some parking facilities, but a better option may be the NCP in Pembroke Road just a few minutes walk away.
The hotel is one of the better low-cost hotels in the area, with favourable reviews from many previous guests and cheerful decor. As with many Victorian conversions rooms at the hotel can be cramped, but they are well appointed, and for the price they are very good, especially with the inclusion of a breakfast. Many all night supermarkets and convenience stores are nearby if you wish to bring in your own food, however if you want to eat out, there are many great restaurants nearby, from budget options such as Pizza Express to Taiwan Village, or more esoteric offerings such as 222 Veggie Vegan Restaurant, which unsurprisingly offers vegan and vegetarian fare.
Any visitors to the hotel should book if they just need a cheap, central base, but adjust their expectations accordingly. To ensure the best stay, opt for a room on a higher floor and avoid basement rooms, which can be dark.