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The Best Western Swiss Cottage Hotel offers low-cost accommodation to business and leisure guests in a very affluent, safe and picturesque part of London, just north of Primrose Hill and Regent's Park. Housed in one of the area's many elegant Victorian town houses, this hotel offers a taste of London's old-world refinement, with easy travel to London's vibrant, cosmopolitan nightlife, shops and attractions.
The Best Western Swiss Cottage's bedrooms are available in Standard, Superior and Family styles and all are designed in a traditional style, with comfortable beds; tasteful, antique style furniture; and a range of handy amenities to ensure you have all you will need during your stay. These include a hairdryer, complimentary toiletries, a colour TV with freeview channels, tea and coffee making facilities, a telephone, a clock with an illuminated display, ironing facilities and free wireless internet access, which is a real plus as many four and five star establishments charge for this service. Staff at the hotel are friendly and attend to any issues quickly and the hotel has a laid back bar, where guests can enjoy a drink before hitting the town. The hotel also offers a continental breakfast for an extra charge, which is very generous, but guests may find the choice a bit monotonous and there are plenty of excellent cafes nearby offering an alternative for less money.
The hotel doesn’t cater for evening meals, but the surrounding area is packed with tempting eateries to try. Eriki offers delicious Indian and South Asian food, Bradley’s Restaurant offers an international menu and The Queens is a Michelin rated gastropub in the stunning Primrose Hill area, close to the park. The nearby area is one of the greenest in London, with Hampstead Heath just a ten minute walk away. Here you can enjoy golfing, picnicking in acres of parkland, the impressive art collection at nearby Kenwood House and the stunning views of London from Parliament Hill. Hampstead Theatre, The Freud Museum and 176 Gallery offer fine art and an intriguing view into the area's history and 15 minutes from the hotel you can enjoy the sights of Regent's Park, which houses London Zoo. Beyond Regent's Park, Camden Town offers a less genteel but much more vibrant side of the city with a colourful market and a high concentration of gig venues, where you can watch everything from speed metal to jazz. The Roundhouse, KOKO, Bartok, The Barfly, Proud Camden, the Jazz Cafe, the Blues Bar, The Underworld and many more make this the centre of London's alternative music scene, and The World's End pub is a famous venue where you can enjoy a drink and rub shoulders with local musicians after the gig. Lord's Cricket Ground is also close by, where you can watch the most quintessentially British game of cricket.
Transport links from the hotel are very good, with Swiss Cottage Station just five minutes from the hotel. From Swiss Cottage you can catch the Jubilee Line to Bond Street, for some of the city's most expensive shops; Westminster, for Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and 10 Downing Street; and Waterloo for the South Bank exhibition centres, The London Eye and travel to other areas of the UK.
The Best Western is an adequate hotel for a few nights, where the main attraction is the superb location. There are a few areas where improvement is needed, but for affordable rates and one of the most charming London locations, this is a good accommodation option. If staying here, guests should note that there is no lift to the 4th floor in the hotel, so guests with mobility difficulties should request rooms on the lower floors. Rooms on higher floors are also quite imaginatively shaped, as they are attic rooms with sloping roofs, which could cause issues for tall guests. The front of the hotel can also be noisy, so rooms at the back are the best option if you are a light sleeper.