Great Choice for Value and Comfort
We stayed in the Hotel Ibis Earls Court in July 2005. We searched for value in this very expensive city. This hotel is located 2 blocks from the West Brompton Tube Station. Very convienent! The hotel was clean and comfortable. Our room was on the top florr with a nice view of central London. The hotel offers a buffet breakfast every morning, but be aware that it is not free. The breakfast is served until 12pm on Sat and Sun. I would recommend this hotel and I will stay here again when I return to London.
Do not stay at the hotel Ibis Earl's Court!
I chose this hotel based on the decent reviews I found on this site, but after returning from my stay I must say that I highly disagree with most of the posters here! My boyfriend and I stayed here for three nights in May of 2005 in the middle of a 3 week trip around Europe and it was an absolutely awful experience! If we hadn't pre-paid for our stay through Expedia, we would have left immediately and found a different hotel.
First off, the hotel staff were not helpful at all when we first arrived and were actually kind of snotty/rude. For example, when we asked about where the nearest underground station was, the first clerk looked at me like I had two heads and said she didn't know (?!) and directed me to talk to guest relations. When I talked to "guest relations" (aka the guy next to her), he knew where the station was but didn't know how to "best give me directions." So he didn't.
When we arrived on our floor (7th floor) it was undergoing MAJOR construction. There was plastic covering the floor, much of the ceiling was uncovered, and the new paint smell was overpowering. There were also many construction tools just left out in the hallway for people to trip on. The hotel is huge, so we had to walk for quite awhile over this construction to get to our room. Under NO circumstances should they have had any guests staying on this floor. When we called down to try to switch floors, they said they had "nothing to accomodate us."
So we were stuck with the room they gave us which, by the way, was the smallest room we had during our entire 3 week trip around Europe. The room smelled like something rotten, the paint was peeling off of the walls, the carpet was stained, and the lamp shades all had major bulb burns on them. Classy.
Now to the major fraud. I knew that only certain hotels in London have air conditioning, so I specifically booked a hotel that advertised air conditioning. So of course one of the first things I did upon entering the room was check the air conditioning. Naturally, it didn't work. When my boyfriend called down to ask what was up, they rudely told him that the air conditioning units had recently been installed in the rooms, but did not yet work. So they advertised air conditioning, but it didn't work.
Anyway, there are LOTS of things wrong with this dirty hotel - the beds are made for people under 5'6", the walls are paper thin, the rooms are tiny, the garage has major leaks in the ceiling, etc. - and I would advise against staying here at all costs. Perhaps after all the remodeling is done it will be nicer, but I will never go back to see for myself!
The one good thing if you do end up staying here is the nearby Underground station is only a 7 minute walk away and is on an excellent line that will take you directly to any tourist destination you would want to visit or at least connect you to that destination with only one transfer. For this reason alone, we gave this hotel a 2 out of 5. But that's the only good thing I have to say about this hotel!
Some good , some bad...
I stayed two nights in this hotel. The stays were 9 days apart. My first stay was when i arrived in London to meet up with the tour I had joined. My first experience was so-so, my room was on a floor(6) under going renovation, noisy and the room was a bit worn. I think it hadn't been renovated yet. Overall it was ok as I was staying only that night.
My second stay was was much nicer on the 9th floor. This floor had been recently renovated and everything was modern and clean. The restaurant/pub "George and the Dragon" was fine, the sever/bartender was pleasant and quick. The food was good. This is a "tourist" hotel with lots of people in and out, certainly not a "destination" hotel, but it does seem to be in a good part of London and close to a lot of the attractions.
Decent B&B at Earls Court
My husband and I are going to London for the Muse Concert on 19 December at Earls Court. We need to stay overnight and would like somewhere near and decent with en suite but preferable not too expensive!
Re: Decent B&B at Earls Court
Ibis London Earls Court
47 Lillie Road
SW6 1UD LONDON
Fax : 0207/3814450