When I walked into this hotel on a very hot May afternoon, I was immediately hit with the smell of fresh flowers and the sound of a movie soundtrack!! It was lovely! The girls were soooo kind and chatty and helpful from the first minute, that I changed my previous London reservations for later in the trip, to this hotel, almost before I saw my room!! I like to try a new hotel for a least a few nights when I travel, then go to a tried and true for the remainder of the stay, but I fell in love with this place and spent 4 out of my 8 hotel nights here.
Keep in mind that prices do fluctuate, it can be a super budget choice for less than 70 pounds, but when there is an event in the area, I was looking at over 100 pounds per night.
I checked into this hotel again, based on my previous experience here, and it did not disappoint! The fresh flowers were still there, the lovely music in the foyer, and the super friendly staff! My two nights in the single room was great, except they no longer include breakfast. Then I moved to a triple room, as I had two friends coming into town, and the triple room was fantastic!! LOTS of space for three women with too much luggage, nice and cool in the basement on very hot london days, and again, the STAFF WERE FANTASTIC!!
Unique Quality: The single rooms in this hotel are great, spacious enough, and a proper bath, not just a shower in the tiny closet that you usually get in London. It was quiet, whether you overlooked the gardens in the front or out the back, I was able to sleep with the window open!!
The older I get and the more luggage I haul, I also appreciate hotels with elevators! Which this one had as well.
The breakfast was average, but the breakfast room was nice and bright, selection satisfactory for a continental. Room service with a small menu was also available.
It is also just a few blocks from Earls Court Station, which is on the direct Piccadilly line to Heathrow and into central London. Just exit onto Earl Court Road, which is on the east side of the tube station.(which also has elevators!!) On Earls Court Road there is also a Marks and Spencers Simply Food(my favorite for fresh snacks) a small drug store, a Boots and a bunch of restaurants, fast food chains, and a tiny little convienience store open 24 hours(!!) across from M & S.
The other thing I love about this hotel is the FULL SIZED bath towels!! What a lovely thing to find in a hotel!
Also, the WiFi was great, at no extra charge, and no problems getting a connection in your own room, unlike some other hotels I've stayed at in London.
The window in my single room did not open very wide, which sucks, because it faces the park, and also gets the sun all afternoon, which can really warm up the room. The wonderful hotel staff did bring me a fan, which helps, but I really wish the window would open properly!!
Just lots of little things add up to an excellent hotel choice. I highly recommend this place.
Its a really small thing, but I checked in here happily again in Feb 2010, and found that people actually listen to comment cards!! I could open my window all the way!! Not so much needed in Feb 2010, but it was wonderful!!
Directions: From the tube station on Earls Court Road, walk south(or right) for just a jag(maybe half a block?) and Barkston Gardens is on your left across the road. The hotel is down about a block and half, directly across from the garden square.