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Situated between Earl's Court and Gloucester Road tube stations, the Shaftesbury Kensington Hotel offers guests easy access to central London and many of London's best tourist attractions, including the Victoria and Albert Museum; The Natural History Museum; The Science Museum; and a wide range of shops, restaurants and galleries. The hotel has been completely refurbished and the rooms are comfortable and stylish, with Philippe Starck designed furniture in the Premier Club rooms and special 'Romance Rooms' for customers who are looking for something extra special.
Bedrooms at the hotel are elegantly fitted with traditional and contemporary furnishings, deftly balancing the two personalities of London. Rooms have muted colour palettes and opulent fabrics to ensure a good night's sleep and come with a wide range of in-room amenities to encompass the needs of all visitors, whether you are visiting to relax, explore or work. In room, you will find complimentary wireless internet access (a real plus as many hotels in the area charge for this service), tea and coffee making facilities, a combination clock and telephone, ironing facilities, bathrobes and slippers on request, a hairdryer, complimentary toiletries, blackout window coverings and a colour TV.
The hotel caters for business and leisure guests with conference rooms, a fitness room, a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a 24-hour reception. For light bites and serious aperitifs, The Exhibition Bar is great for drinks in comfortable surroundings and The Rendezvous 2 restaurant, which is decorated in a colourful Moroccan theme, offers decor just as sumptuous as the food.
Aside from the fabulous range of museums in nearby Kensington, you can visit The Royal Albert Hall; Hyde Park, where you can go boating, horse riding, play tennis or enjoy a relaxing picnic; Kensington Palace and Gardens, the rather grand residence of Diana Princess of Wales; and Harrods Department Store, where you can even buy gold bars, if you can afford the hefty price tag. You are also ideally situated for Earl's Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres, whether you are attending the Doctor Who Experience, the National Wedding Show or the Publishing Expo, you are just a short walk or a short tube ride away from where you need to be. The historic Troubadour Cafe is also close by, where you can watch live music with a great range of local brews and the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire is also just a tube ride away, which has hosted live music for over 100 years.
The Sheftesbury Kensington is also very conveniently located for transport, located just a few minutes' walk away from Earl's Court station, where you can catch the District Circle and Piccadilly 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, and parking is available in the NCP in Pembroke Road just a few minutes walk away.
With the trusted Best Western stamp of approval, this is a reliably good option for the area, although there are some budget hotels in Earl's Court, which may have a bit more character for a cheaper price. However, for quality service and comfort, in a very handy location, you will be well placed to explore this great city. Visitors should be aware that basement rooms are noisy due to central heating ducts and often don't have windows, London may not be the sunniest of cities, but it is recommended that you try to get something of a view.