Best Western Burns Hotel Kensington

18-26 Barkston Gardens, Kensington, London, SW5 0EN, United Kingdom
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Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 5 reviews
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A Gem in Central London

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 25, 2009

The Burns Hotel was a delight. This charming European style hotel is reasonably priced, located close to the Earl's Court Tube station on a tree lined square away from the traffic noise of Earl's Court Road. The rooms are small but comfortable and clean. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. I will definitely stay here again!

This hotel keeps me coming back!!

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 19, 2008

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.

UPDATE! 2009
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.
UPDATE 2010
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.

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Best Western Burns Hotel, London

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 21, 2006

The Hotel was incredibly good value for central London with an excellent breakfast included in the rate. The location was perfect for the Royal Albert Hall and also many of the Museums.
The room was quite small but had everything we needed and really was ideal as we were out all the time.

Unique Quality: Good, clean room near the tube station. Best of all the hotel was quiet - no road noise, people noise etc

Directions: easy walking distance from Earl's Court station

Okay

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 10, 2004

We stayed here for 4 nights. There is no air conditioning. They put a small cot type roll away for the 3rd bed for us and charged 106 pound a night. The breakfast was good, and the staff seemed pleasant enough. Not sure it was worth the price, the 4 nights in dollars came to $836. I shopped around a lot for a room, and this place got the best reviews.

Directions: Just a block or so from the tube station.

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Burns Hotel

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 18, 2003

This Victorian hotel is located in a residential square in South Kensignton verry near to the Earl's Court exhibition building. It has about 100 rooms but it doesn't feel like a big commercial hotel. It's cosy and comfy. The building itself is old but the accomodations are new and in good shape ( bathroom, beds, ...)
The staff is verry friendly and helpfull. And they put a newspaper in front off your room every morning. I tought it quite attendfull.

Unique Quality: Though in the center off the city, it is a calm place with not much streetnoice. This can do good after a day off bussy London.
The breakfast is good. You can choose between a continental breakfast buffet ( toast, sandwiches, cereals, fresh fruit, ham ,cheese,...) which you can take as much as you want; and a real English breakfast ( bacon, sausage, beans in tomatosauce, eggs, mushrooms). A good start to a long day off shopping or visitting nice places.

Directions: Nearest undergroundstation is Earl's Court.
Take the direction off Earl's Court Road, when you come out off the station go right and the first or second road on the left is Barkston Gardens ( there is a pub on the corner)

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Address: 18-26 Barkston Gardens, Kensington, London, SW5 0EN, United Kingdom

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