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The Kensington area of London is one of the best places to stay if you are planning to visit this fascinating and vibrant city. Developed into a chic residential area in 1851 after the Great Exhibition, the streets are lined with Victorian town houses, interspersed with the ornate architecture of The Natural History Museum, The Victoria & Albert Museum and The Royal Albert Hall. As Kensington has retained its reputation for being a desirable place to live it has since blossomed into a very cosmopolitan district with trendy bars, restaurants and shops, so if you are staying here you will want to rest in a hotel that reflects the best of old London with the contemporary chic of the modern surrounds. The Seraphine Olympia Hotel offers the best of both worlds. The hotel is located in an elegant red brick building, but once inside, you will find superbly appointed rooms decorated with the most up-to-date design.
The individually designed rooms are available as Single, Standard Double, Superior Double and Family, to accommodate all kinds of traveller, from the solo business guest to those who want to show the kids an exciting time. Rooms have funky colour schemes mixed with large art pieces showing black and white photos of the area as it was and feature a wide range of imaginative amenities to ensure you are well catered for. These include iPod docking station, LCD TVs with a built in DVD player, a digital safe, hypoallergenic bedding if needed, rain showers, ironing facilities, an alarm clock, direct-dial telephone and a high powered hairdryer.
The room rate also includes a satisfying continental breakfast which will give you fuel for a full day of sight seeing and a many extra facilities such as a luggage storage room, a friendly concierge service, complimentary magazines, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel (a real plus as most five-star establishments charge for this service), a porterage service and more. The hotel also comprises of a relaxing Lounge bar where you can enjoy a selection of drinks with friends in surroundings, which are as chic as your room.
There is no restaurant in the hotel, but with a wide range of eateries nearby, ranging from budget friendly options such as Giraffe Cafe and Gourmet Burger Kitchen, to elegant fine dining at Kitchen 8 opposite the hotel, you won't go hungry.
The hotel is in a fantastic location for exploring London. As the name suggests, it is ideal for those attending an event or trade show at the Olympia and Earl's Court exhibition centres. Placed on High Street Kensington, you also have a great selection of high street and designer shops to splash some cash in, including boutiques such as Urban Outfitters and Karen Millen and delectable food stores such as Hotel Chocolat and the Whole Foods Supermarket. Kensington Palace is also a short stroll away, where you can tour Princess Diana's former residence and its picturesque surroundings. The house dates back to the 18th century, but it is still an official royal residence today, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reside, so you may see Kate and Wills downing a cocktail in Kensington Roof Gardens or popping to the shops. Hyde Park nearby offers many outdoor activities including riding and boating on the Serpentine Lake, but if the weather is typically rainy, you might want to try your hand at Urban Golf or archery in the nearby clubs.
The hotel is also very well placed for transport, with good bus and tube links just a few minutes' walk from the hotel. High Street Kensington tube station is situated nearby, where you can catch the District and Circle lines. From here you have direct links to 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; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone. The hotel offers a very handy 'Car Parking Service', but there is also a reasonable car park choice at the NCP just a few minutes walk away in Warwick Road.
This small but perfectly formed boutique hotel is a very good accommodation choice for this area. Former guests have spoken highly of the friendly staff, perfect location and attention to detail in the decor. As this is a London town house conversion, guests have found the rooms a little bijou, but still seem eager to return. To ensure you get the best night's sleep, choose a room away from the High Street to avoid traffic noise.