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The Shaftesbury Kensington Town House has recently been fully refurbished with numerous modern comforts and luxury features. Housed in the attractive bohemian enclave of Earls Court in West London, this hotel is ideal for those visiting or exhibiting at the Earls Court or Olympia exhibition centres, with world-famous shows such as The London International Horse Show or the spectacular Royal Tournament.
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.
Located in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, you are based within one of the most prestigious areas of London. Kensington was developed after the phenomenally successful Great Exhibition of 1851, but Earl's Court didn't really come into its own until the introduction of the Metropolitan line on the Underground service, after which the area developed into the peaceful, residential district it is today, with a strong multi-cultural vibe due to the many Polish, Asian and Australian immigrants who settled in the area after World War II. So you can have a good night's sleep in a quiet, safe area, yet enjoy all the excitement of London's greatest attractions very close by. With Harrods; Kensington Palace and Gardens; the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History Museums; the Royal Geographical Society; the Lycee Francais and more esoteric attractions such as Urban Golf and archery; not to mention Hyde Park with its many all-weather activities, close by, you will be kept busy for the duration of your stay without even leaving the west of London.
The Shaftesbury 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.
This is a good option for the area, as a brand hotel the quality of the rooms is fairly reliable and service is good, so this would best suit business people as the decor may be a little bland for a romantic rendezvous or a special birthday trip. If you want the best experience, avoid the ground floor, as the windows are susceptible to noise from the tube station nearby, a useful amenity, but not one you necessarily want to hear in the middle of the night.