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“Practical and Comfortable” 4 of 5 stars
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The Harrington
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   1 Harrington Gardens | South Kensington, London SW7 4JJ, England (Formerly Avni Luxury Serviced Apartments) (Earls Court)   |  
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Ranked #92 of 630 Specialty Lodging in London
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“Practical and Comfortable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Harrington Gardens provides a great base for Central London, being a couple of minutes walk away from Gloucester Road tube station.Our one bedroom apartment was clean and comfortable and had basic crockery and cutlery necessary for a short stay. There are a variety of restaurants and cafes around the area and Kensington High Street is a short walk or tube stop away for shopping. There is a Tescoes and a Waitrose about a few minutes walk away for groceries.
Our room was cleaned daily and fresh linen provided. It was also very easy to find taxis opposite the hotel.
The hotel was under renovation and the reception area was still not quite finished, however this did not detract from our comfort in any way. The staff were prompt to sort hitches out qhen necessary.
We enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning.

  • Stayed October 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For a family a 3 (including a 4 year-old), a 2 bedroom apartment had everything we needed at a convenient location. We stayed for 11 nights in September 2014 and this really was a home away from home.

We were on the 5th floor (Room 505) and had a lovely view out over the beautiful old buildings and roof tops of South Kensington. The apartment was clean and reasonably comfortable, with a well equipped kitchen, full-size fridge, and freezer. We heard the occasional siren or drunk person yelling out, but for London we found our apartment to be fairly quiet.

The best part about this apartment is its location. Two minutes’ walk to Gloucester Road tube station which is on the Circle and District lines. It’s also on the Piccadilly line although this service isn’t operating at this station at the moment (until mid-December 2014). There are also buses through the area including the 49 which goes to the huge Westfield Shopping Centre at Shepherd’s Bush.

Heaps of food choices nearby – whether you are looking for restaurants, cafes, fast food or a supermarket. A small Tesco and medium-sized Waitrose are near the tube station. Nandos, KFC, Nero coffee, and Pret a Manger are some of the bigger fast food chains nearby. We ate at The Green Door steakhouse across the road and the Wildwood restaurant which is in the Harrington building. Both had quite good service, quite good food, a children’s menu, and colouring-in to keep children entertained. Very convenient after a busy day of sightseeing.

South Kensington tube station is about a 10 minute walk away. It has even more cafes and restaurants. It’s quite a pleasant walk along Harrington Road. If you are there, make sure you check out Ben’s Cookies (we loved them).

Of course the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall are all about a 15 minute walk. We even walked ‘home’ from Harrods – which didn’t seem to take long (less than 30 minutes) and had lots of interesting things to look at along the way.

Apart from a chemist, a hardware/all purpose store, and a newsagent/souvenir shop, there doesn’t appear to be much shopping in the immediate Gloucester Road area. However, just one stop on the tube to High Street Kensington and you’ll find heaps of shops (and another Ben’s Cookies!). About 10 minutes’ walk from the High Street Kensington station, you’ll also find the beautiful Holland Park, with a play area for under 5s, a huge adventure playground for 4-14 year olds, and a Japanese Garden. A lovely place to visit.

What others have said about the Harrington’s lift being tiny, the bathrooms being small, and some of the furniture being a little worn, is true. However, in the 11 days that we were there, we only once decided not to wait for the lift (and that was at the general checkout time.) What the shower missed in spaciousness, was made up for in water pressure and hot water- which I enjoyed. You have to keep in mind that you are staying in an historic building that has been remodelled to an apartment block and may not be as perfectly planned as something built new. To me, this is part of the London experience (including bathrooms and kitchens without windows).

Wifi is included in the room rate, although it sometimes took a few attempts to get on.

On the day we arrived, we were allowed into our room immediately even though it was well before the allocated check-in time. The staff insisted on helping us to get our luggage up to the room. On our day of departure, we were allowed to have a late check-out (an extra hour to the usual time), and our luggage was stored until our airport transfer picked us up later in the afternoon.

The staff at reception were also happy to print out tickets we had bought online to events and attractions, as well as our airline boarding passes. This was a huge help, because many places in London offer huge discounts if you buy your tickets online and print them out.

There is a communal washing machine and a clothes dryer in the basement. You will need coins to operate. We didn’t have to wait long to use these.

All in all – a good place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Harrington Hotel is perfect for a medium stay in London. It is more affordable than a hotel however offers the same levels of comfort and cleanliness, not to mention a much larger room than your typical central London hotel. Conveniently located just a 30 second walk from Gloucester Road tube station, it truly is in a practical location. Downside is that typical hotel amenities are not available (gym, butler service, etc...). However with daily house cleaning and a daily change of towels and linen it does make for a practical stay!

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

despite booking 10 months ago we arrived to be shown a basement room - i am not opposed to one as such - just the one we were given
a restaurant was above this room with the noise of chairs scraping back and forth all night and well past 1am, a skylight the full lenght of the celing that let in so much street light it was like day time in the room - and to top it off a small courtyard with an aircon return that blared all night
at 11pm after no sleep i spent an hour in the lobby with the staff member trying to reach the general manager to no avail - so nothing for it but to tough it out
when asked to see the manager the next day - i was escorted by a staff member down to the basement staff locker room for fear of a scene - which i didnt create
the manager all but admitted they had had trouble with the room but it seems making money is more important than customer satisfaction - i was able to secure a 50% refund but i am pursuing as this isnt good enough when they knew it was sub standard - you hire a room for quiet and darkness so you can sleep - we got neither and had to endure a 20 hour flight home the next day

Room Tip: dont go - but if you have to just dont accept a basement room - dont even check in
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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

It's about a 2 minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station, so great location. The room is very large compared to anything else you can get in this price range in this area. You get a large bedroom, with a 3-seater coach, cupboard, dresser and table, as well as a double bed (the mattress needs changing). The room is so large that the TV appears small from the bed.

The kitchen is a separate room, with ample facilities.

The bathroom has a full size bath and plenty of towels and toiletries were supplied. The toilet could have been cleaned better as remains were evident.

Room Tip: ask for a room facing the back as it's less noisy
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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This was a little hidden gem in my books. The location was awesome. It was so close to a couple of pubs and shops. The tube was just a step outside the door. It doesn't get much better than that. I have to say I've now been in the smallest lift in the world. ;-) But please don't see that as a complaint, it's not. I found it amusing. There was just enough room for me and my suitcase. The room was awesome. It was clean, fresh and modern. If I were to fault anything it would be the odd (read that as very strange hot water taps), I had to get the service man to come up and show me how to work them. However that didn't detract from my stay. Would I stay at the Harrington again? In a heartbeat!

There wasn't much in the way of service due to the style of hotel, but that's fine with me, I wasn't looking for a full service hotel. When I needed help, the young lady on the front counter was extremely helpful, so she gets a gold star for that.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Apartment sizes and location within the city was good. We had problems with the booking of the extra bed and specially with the servicing of the rooms.

One day we found the extra bed with the blanket on the inside (sheets outside) and other our sleeping clothes and toys of our kid on the floor.

The remote control for the TV was not working and, even though we asked for a repair or substitution, it never came.

In conclusion: the building is fine but not the employees servicing it.

Room Tip: Pick a different place.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Harrington Gardens | South Kensington, London SW7 4JJ, England (Formerly Avni Luxury Serviced Apartments)
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Earls Court
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #92 of 630 Specialty Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Harrington 4*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in chic South Kensington, just 2 minutes' walk from Gloucester Road station and with many shops and a wide variety of restaurants in the immediate vicinity, The Harrington - 1 Harrington Gardens is a collection of spacious serviced apartments including Studio Apartments, One Bedroom Apartments and Two Bedroom Apartments. Designed and furnished in a contemporary style, your serviced apartment provides much more space and many more facilities than a London hotel room at excellent value in one of the best central London locations. Travel direct to other parts of central London as well as from London Heathrow and from the Gatwick Express at Victoria Station. Most of London's main museums, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and exclusive shopping in Knightsbridge are all within walking distance. Your apartment is air conditioned and has a comfortable lounge and dining area, a well equipped kitchen or kitchenette and has flat screen TV with satellite channels and newly boosted free Wifi. Make The Harrington - 1 Harrington Gardens your London address. ... more   less 
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