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“Compact but pleasantly furnished”
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1 Lexham Gardens
Ranked #910 of 1,069 Hotels in London
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“Compact but pleasantly furnished”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

This hotel is in central London, about 5 minutes walk from Earls Court and Gloucester Road tube stations. It’s just 30 metres from the busy Cromwell Road and as a result is noisy even with the window closed; there is no soundproofing to the room we were in.

We had room 204, an en suite double room. Both the bedroom and the shower room were very compact but very clean and pleasantly furnished. In view of other comments, maybe the hotel are progressively refurbishing? The bed could be accessed from only one side and from the end – about 750mm and 900mm of space respectively. There was a wardrobe in the corner and a chest of drawers on which the kettle and items for tea and coffee stood. There was just room to place a medium-sized case flat on the floor and still leave standing space in front of it.

The washbasin was in a corner of the shower room and tiny. To illustrate this, it was possible to fill the kettle only one-third full, and splashing of water around the bowl when washing was unavoidable.

It was a very hot day (by British standards) when we were there. Despite there being no air-conditioning and having the window closed overnight (because of the noise) the temperature was acceptable.

Continental breakfast is served but we booked room only and had a very filling traditional English breakfast for almost the same price in Gloucester Road Arcade, next to the tube station.

The staff were polite. Check-in without other prior arrangement is 2pm or after, and checkout is 11am latest. There is a small lift.

In summary, if you want somewhere clean and convenient for central London but aren’t concerned about noise or space, and are paying under £100 per night then this is good value.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Rooms were tiny smallest I have ever been in, we were in the basement of the building on a hot summers weekend no air con and a small window which being in the basement didn't allow much air flow,we asked for and got a tiny fan that did nothing, staff were not all that friendly, good area close to the tube but terrible rooms!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Booked through Hotwire and was really surprised to get this, as it was billed as a 2 1/2 star hotel. I'm not sure you could go much lower than this before you're in hostel territory.

This is obviously one of those many indie flophouse hotels in London that has been bought and dressed up just a bit to make it stand out, in that category.

Negatives:
- Tiny rooms, with pretty uncomfortable beds (which are a bit perma-stained), and no room other than what you need to creep around the beds, nightstand and wardrobe crammed in a corner.
- You can hear your neighbours easily: tv, sneezing, etc.
- No proper curtains - just some cheap blinds, so with a southeast view in June, sleep was hard.
- Bathrooms are new, but really small. Nowhere to put anything, and shampoo in little packets that are hard to tear with wet hands. And no hand towels!
- Breakfast is pretty lousy; just the bare minimum.
- There really is nowhere to leave your luggage except right in the lobby.

Positives:
- Staff are friendly enough. One woman went out of her way to find something on the internet for me.
- Good location
- They do not cheap out on the tea-making equipment, even though there is barely anywhere to put it all!
- If you like cheap IKEA decorations, you'll like the lobby. Especially if you like Audrey Hepburn: they've got four portraits of her!

Conclusion: I was mostly disappointed in Hotwire because last time I did 2 1/2 stars I got the Holiday Inn Express, so something is messed up there. In a pinch, for a night, and alone (the room was way cramped for two friends and our stuff), it's worth like £40/£50 a night, but only if you can't find something better. And with those curtains, if you're a heavy sleeper or have those diva eye mask things.

Room Tip: Not facing the street (which is where the sun rises)
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

Worked a night shift booked in at 5 am , room in basement , small single but nice and clean, comfy bed , actually got some sleep !
Los of hot water for shower , ensuite facilities well designed,

Only issue is parking around this area,but you are in the centre of London , and unless you pay for a premium hotel it's the way it goes


  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

we stayed here in June 2013
The room was found to be rather dated, and all I can really state is 'dated' slightly grubby, wallpaper had seen better days, torn in places, room was tiny, also really hot... I mean really really hot, literally, I had to leave the room as soon as I had showered and changed, as it was so warm (not just down to the weather being warm either!) which was uncomfortable, even with the window wide open! This also didn't help us during bedtime, we had to sleep with the window wide open, which faced a busy road, sirens, traffic, and not to mention workmen at 5am! the hotel itself is ok, ideal for the tube and right near earls court venue, breakfast was basic, but edible.
staff were friendly and courteous, overall ideal location, but wouldn't stay again!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Due to reserving a hotel room for a week later than my stay I found myself rootless in London with the clock ticking on a night where London appeared to be full. Last minute .com found me a room here at short notice relatively close to where I'd originally booked. I paid quite a bit as so last minute but not the hundreds being demanded elsewhere. I was really worried as I read the other reviews expecting the worst, even that my money had disappeared! Great receptionist who was very welcoming. I got the dreaded room 101 which didn't bode we'll but it was fine. Good shower. Twin beds, tea making equipment and more than I could have expected under the circumstances. Beds a bit soft but room clean and quiet. A great relief.

Room Tip: Room 101 despite the name is fine. At the top of the stairs and near reception which is useful, at t...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

I think people are extremely critical of this hotel. It's very basic but I had no other expectations. Yes the bedroom and bathroom is extremely small and everything is very basic but it was all clean and tidy. The bed was quite hard but it was fine for one nights sleep. People said there was bed bugs and all sort of things from this review but the sheets were perfectly clean and I can assure you there are no bed bugs. The staff were very friendly and you get a decent continental breakfast for just £5. I would say it's slightly overpriced for what it is but it's fine for a one night stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Property: 1 Lexham Gardens
Address: 1 Lexham Gardens | Kensington, London W8 5JL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > South Kensington , Earls Court
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