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Vancouver Studios is a Grade 2 listed, Victorian residence, offering serviced studio apartment accommodation at affordable rates. Offering a traditionally English atmosphere, Vancouver Studios encourages its guests to relax in the residents' drawing room, with a library of British classics to read, or enjoy the afternoon sunshine in the private walled garden, which features a calming fish pond. Filled with quirky antiques, grandfather clocks, copper kettles, riding crops, butter churns and even a suit of armor, this establishment gives visitors a taste of British eccentricity with plenty of character and charm.
Guests can enjoy the privacy of a bright and airy studio or apartment (sleeping up to six people), decorated in a clean contemporary style with flourishes of antique style. Each unit comes complete with its own fully equipped kitchenette, private bathroom, direct dial telephone, personal digital mini-safe, complimentary Wi-Fi broadband connection, LCD flat-screen TV and DVD player as well as a refreshments tray and welcome pack to make you feel at home.
There is no restaurant or bar in the complex, but hotel staff have a detailed knowledge of the eateries and nightlife in the area so will be happy to recommend somewhere for a tasty treat. Asaggi offers delicious Italian fare, Kiasu has a wide selection of South Asian food and Inaho offers very fresh Japanese food, so you can sample the tastes of London's very diverse community.
The hotel is also in an excellent location to view London's most historic attractions. The majestic Hyde Park is just a few minutes walk away, offering a wide selection of activities to suit all ages whether the weather is fine or infamously raining. You can ride the solar-powered shuttle boat on The Serpentine Lake, ride a horse from Hyde Park Stables, enjoy a picnic under the cover of one of the bandstands, enjoy a concert in the summer, or rent a tennis court to work up a sweat. As well as the mid-size galleries in the surrounding area, including Lisson Gallery and Green Cardamom's contemporary Indian paintings, you can visit one of The Serpentine's occasionally controversial exhibitions to see the great, good and bizarre names in modern art. Kensington Palace is on the other side of the park, set within stunning landscaped gardens; the space is filled with antiques and lavish furnishings, befitting former residents Queen Victoria and Princess Diana. Afterwards you can enjoy an afternoon tea in the Orangery restaurant or wander into Kensington, which is home to many independent boutiques, the Royal Albert Hall and London's Museum District, containing the Victoria & Albert, Natural History and Science Museums. To the west of the hotel, you can also reach Oxford Street, a very lively area with the highest concentration of shops in the capital, 300 stores over one and a half miles, including Selfridges Department Store and the Topshop flagship store.
The hotel is a five-minute walk away from Bayswater tube station, which services the District and Circle lines. From here you have direct links to Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express Train terminates), Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates) and many other areas of London, including Notting Hill, which is famed for its carnival. If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated near the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone. An NCP car park is located very nearby in Queensway for overnight parking.
Vancouver Apartment’s units can be on the cosy side, but they are well stocked and very comfortable and the location is truly superb if you want to view London on foot and reach major transport hubs with ease. Staff have also been praised for their very friendly service. For the most relaxing stay, be sure to enquire about a room overlooking the garden, which is both picturesque and peaceful for a great night's sleep. If you have trouble with mobility, there is no lift in the hotel, but this doesn't mean you have to miss out on views as some of the rooms on the ground floor have their own terrace leading out on to the garden.