My son and I spent five nights at the Premier Inn London Kensington Olympia in late June. We were in London to watch tennis at Wimbledon and were looking for a hotel convenient to the District Line for access to Wimbledon as well as the Piccadilly Line for access from Heathrow and to St. Pancras. The Premier Inn met these objectives.
We were assigned Room 1, on level -1. This is the basement level of the property. The room sits partially below ground level. The windows allowed us to see outside, although our eye level was about equal to the street and sidewalk.
We had reserved a twin room. Our room had a double bed (with two adjacent nightstands) and one twin bed, with no nightstand available. The room had a flat screen TV and several shelves and an area to hang our clothes. There were also three hooks by the door for hanging coats. There were no dressers or a true closet. There was no in room safe.
The room had four electrical outlets for charging our electronics. There was a small desk and chair in the room. Internet access was £10 per week per device.
The air conditioning cooled the room quickly, although each day it was turned off when we returned to the room, presumably by the housekeeping staff. The lowest setting was 19, therefore we never were able to get the room really cold as we prefer for sleeping.
The bathroom had soap and shampoo dispensers. Two bath towels were provided, however no washcloths. The water pressure was fantastic, the best we had at the four hotels we stayed at on our trip.
Noise from outside was minimal. There were more noises from within the room than any hotel I have previously stayed in. The air conditioning made a noise similar to what we hear in the US when a phone is off the hook. The water pipes were quite loud. There was some noise from above.
We never found regular stair access to our level. We always had to use one the two lifts. We were stuck in one of the lifts for about two minutes once. It was a bit stressful for me, who is usually not claustrophobic. It was warm in the elevator.
There was a small sitting area off the lobby with a TV and a few tables. We spent most evenings there, watching the World Cup and playing our favorite card game.
We had minimal interaction with the staff during our stay. Prior to our staff we e-mailed the hotel a few times and they helped us find Bobo’s Bubbles launderette on Earl’s Court Road. We dropped off two bags of laundry on our first day there are Bobo’s did a wash and fold on our clothes for £24. This was a great benefit for us.
The Earl’s Court area had several restaurants, including our favorite Nando’s. We did not eat at the hotel – we were out of the hotel very early most mornings we stayed. We stopped at Sainsbury’s the next before to pick up a few pastries for our breakfast the next morning.
The Premier Inn was at a bit of disadvantage in the comparison to the other hotels we stayed at. It was the lowest “class” of hotel we stayed at. Each of our other hotels were a cut above, but were also a higher cost. (Munich, Normandy and Paris). That said, the Premier Inn was what we thought it would be. It met our expectations.
Overall the Premier Inn did the job for us. I would strongly consider staying here again if we ever make it back for more tennis.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideal if you're heading to events at the Olympia London centre or exhibitions at Earl's Court. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn London Kensington (Olympia) Hotel London
- Comfort Inn Kensington
- London Premier Inn
- Comfort Inn London