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No 1. The Mansions by Mansley
Ranked #176 of 1,089 Hotels in London
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Elk Grove, California
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“Perfect! Good location, lots of room, lots of bathrooms!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2010

I stayed here with my sister, my neice and husband and 5 children. We ate in for breakfast and out otherwise. The only drawback was the tv was a bit elderly. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2010

This was our first trip to London, but our traveling companions have been several times before. They always stayed in hotels, but when we started planning this trip, we realized that we could share a flat for the same price that we would be spending on one hotel room. We contacted Roy Diamante through New York Habitat and set it all up. We needed two bedrooms and two bathrooms and we wanted a kitchen so we could eat some meals in. This flat was PERFECT.

The apartment was clean, comfortable, well suited for the four of us. We had our privacy but could also enjoy the morning and evening in the living room watching TV or just relaxing. The kitchen was prefect for fixing small meals. We walked up to Tesco's and bought groceries for breakfast and some dinners. Plenty of dishes and cooking supplies. One of our favorite amenities were the warming racks for the bath towels. How nice.

Our only suggestion to the staff when we left was that they might consider placing alarm clocks in the bedrooms. The only clock in the flat is on the TV. This was no trouble as we used our cell phones for alarm clocks anyway. Also, since we were on the top floor, the wireless internet cut in and out a little bit, but again, this was no big deal. We weren't in London to play on the internet. :-)

I would highly recommend this flat. It is a great value for the money, convenient to the tube, and also very convenient to several pubs and small grocery stores. There's even a Boots (pharmacy) across the street a block. Very friendly neighborhood and seemed to be fairly quiet.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2010

Living in an apartment, living in a flat, living in the city - anyone who has done any of these things realize that with city living comes a series of trade-offs. The Mansions is city living, with all of the associated pros and cons. Great location, well appointed and clean flats, very convenient to all sorts of public transportation, safe and walkable neighborhood. Let me state flat out - when we go back to London, we will be endeavoring to stay here. But unlike nearby "brand" hotels such as the Marriott or Holiday Inn, which are stand alone buildings that seek to isolate their tenants, the Mansions immerses you in a living, breathing neighborhood - that means you can hear the lift sometimes, it means that if someone drops something upstairs, you are going to hear it, it means that if you leave the blinds open at night, half the neighborhood can watch you. For us - these were "no-neverminds" because that is what it is like to live in a flat in any major, urban area.

In any event, the Mansions allows you to literally live in London, shop for your groceries at the local shops, eat and drink at neighborhood pubs, walk over two blocks and see where Beatrix Potter was born and raised, walk another block and go to a church that is older than most American cities. The Earl's Court tube stop station is less than five minutes away. Internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots are everywhere. We were in London for two weeks - this was a perfect fit for us - we paid to get to London, we paid "rent" for a flat, and saved a lot of money on eating out for every meal, paying a hotel to do our laundry, etc.

Solid recommendation for those who not only want to visit London, but live in London while they are there.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2009

We stayed in a three bedroom, three bathroom apartment. It was really big and perfect for us during our stay. We were really surprised and impressed with the size of the apartment. We had a really nice open plan kitchen, dining area. The location was great with the tube station near and lots of convenient shops and restaurants. It was also really easy to get a taxi at any time of day or night! Having so many bathrooms was great as we were all getting ready at the same time to go for a wedding!

The only complaint that we had was that the flat was so noisy at night. We felt as though we were sleeping on the road the amount of noise that was going on at night. The flat is double glazed but not very well and so the noise filtering is very poor. This obviously contributed to a lack of any decent sleep at night!

They said that they had wi-fi access but it was terrible and you couldn't really use it. We could only get a minimal signal in one of the rooms. We were only on the first floor so it should've have been a bit better.

Parking of course is a general problem in London but you can park in the Ibis hotel which isn't tooo far away but is a little bit of a walk (maybe 10mins). You can at least park here for as long as you want and you don't have to keep topping up the machine. I thought this was very convenient.

Other than that, I would say we had a really good time and if you are looking for a really spacious, convenient apartment this would be perfect for you!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2009

We recently stayed at the Mansions in a two bedroom/one bathroom flat for eight nights during summer 2009. The apartments seemed just what we were after and, though we have a few quibbles, our view is that the apartments are a well-located cosy option for those wanting more space than available with a hotel room and who like to have kitchen facilities available.

Location is one of the Mansions big selling points, and it doesn’t disappoint. You are only a short walk away from: the Earls Court tube station (District/Piccadilly); several bus stops; ATMS (Barclays, Nat West…next to bus stop, opposite side of road from tube); grocery stores (Somerfields, Sainsbury Local, MS Simply Food), takeaways, several pubs, a Boots, Post Office, and several not too expensive restaurant options (Wagamamas, Masala Zone). Tube travel time into the West End is about fifteen minutes.

Arrival at the Mansions: Those staying longer than 5 nights are likely to have free door to door transfer (chauffeured car) from Heathrow included in their stay. A welcome service for those arriving off long-haul flights. The driver will not be able to park directly outside the door but we managed to park just around the corner on Bramham Gardens where it’s a very short walk to the Mansions. If you don’t have too many bags or children/elderly folk to worry about, take the tube to Earls Court from Heathrow (if coming from Victoria, take the District Line west). Out on Earls Court Road turn left and walk along Earls Court Road approx 150 metres. Cross Earls Court Road just before Earls Court Square, opposite the entrance to Bramham Gardens; The Mansions are the large red-brick Dutch Gabled buildings just in front on the corner with Earls Court Road.

Check-in: Efficient – handing out keys, taking credit card imprint (although we had prepaid, this was for anticipating phone call charges) handing out a local map on where to find the large Sainsbury’s and Tescos on the Cromwell Road all took no more than a few minutes. As our arrival was outside standard office hours we called the day before to confirm we were expected (we were) but we’d recommend doing this just to ensure no problems on arrival.

The apartment: Our comments reflect the experience of staying in Apt 12. This was a two bedroom, one bathroom apartment. Access was via the lift – which goes only to the 5th floor - and then a flight of stairs (receptionist took us up there and helped with taking bags up the flight of fairly narrow stairs). Those with small children or mobility issues should ask Mansions staff or their travel agent when booking for a flat with lift access; top floor apartments accessed by stairs would pose difficulties.

The apartment was located on Earls Court Road/Branham Gardens corner and overall it was spacious, comfy and casual though showing some signs of wear: full-sized kitchen; living/dining room with plenty of seating; two bedrooms and bathroom with shower over bath. Small quantities of coffee, tea, sugar, salt and pepper sachets are supplied. Having a washer/dryer was fantastic (there is an instruction booklet; though unfamiliar with this combo appliance, we found it easy to use. We couldn’t find a corresponding booklet for the oven, though we managed to work it).

We loved the immediate home away from home feel – even down to the books left by former guests in the bookshelf and the unfashionable but friendly décor/furnishings (vases!). The bathroom was in need of a bit of refurbishment but still, given the volume of guests they get here, it was acceptable.

But there were a few disappointments and things to note that may apply to, or concern, your stay:

1) The second bedroom was disappointingly small and not the best for an adult. This single/double combination of rooms would have been fine for a couple with a child. Make sure you book what best suits your needs as there are also double/double and double/twin beds two bedroom apts.

2) The top floor gets very hot in the summer (yes, London can get very hot at times; it doesn’t always rain!). Despite providing electric fans (there’s no aircon) it was hard to keep the place cool even with drawing the blinds during the day as we were advised to do. Several hot-water boilers in the kitchen and bathroom add to the warmth (though this would be a bonus in winter! And it helps dry clothes quickly limiting the need to use the dryer).

3) The apartments are not double-glazed…and Earls Court Road is busy. If noise is a factor, you may want to request an apt that doesn’t overlook Earls Court Rd or consider a quieter location. There is also some intra-apartment noise too – which just goes with the nature of a Mansion block building.

4) On the top floor we had difficulty with accessing the free wifi on offer. We could only sustain a connection by using our laptop whilst perched on the loo in the bathroom! Not the best. Perhaps the Mansions could consider installing a wifi connection booster for the top floor apts??

And finally, on check out: If, like us, you find the tube isn’t running to Heathrow due for engineering works, do not panic! Just take the District Line from Earls Court to Paddington for the Heathrow Express or Heathrow Connect as these trains accept Zones 1-6 inclusive tube tickets when the Heathrow Piccadilly line isn’t in service.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Adelaide
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2009

My husband and I spent a week in the UK with another couple and needed a place to stay while in London. The Mansions accomodated our need for a two bedroom place with a kitchen and washing machine that we could use as a base. The apartment was excellent as it very close to the tube (brilliant for getting anywhere at anytime in London), a Marks and Spence store (fantastic for quick and easy microwave/oven dinners) and a couple of internet cafe's. We felt safe walking any time of the day and night and thoroughly enjoyed the charm of being in an old London apartment. Any issues or queries we had we dealt with promptly.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2009

The Mansions in Earls Court was in a great location that suited our needs - 5 min walk from a station serviced by trains running on several lines, London buses passing by every few minutes, heaps of cheap eateries 5- 10 min walk away, choice of supermarkets 3 to 15 mins away (including a Marks and Spencers only 3 mins away), several bakeries 5 mins away, a large range of fabulous restaurants 3-20 mins away, cheap internet 5 mins away, lots of takeaway chains within 5 - 15 mins, and a great coffee shop only 2 mins away. It was very handy for seeing London shows - only 3 or 4 stops from Billy Elliot - and we felt safe travelling home from the musicals even after 11 pm at night. Earls Court is also not far from several tourist haunts, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and Harrods. It was extraordinarily easy to get to and from Heathrow airport, just hop on the tube and no need to change trains. Earls Court Station even has a lift, so there are no stairs to negotiate.

We had a surprisingly quiet studio room on the top (5th) floor serviced by a reliable lift. The kitchen was large and also included a with a microwave and a washer/dryer. The oven worked well and the fridge was a good size. The bathroom also a good size with shower over the bath. The water was hot and strong. There were lots of windows, lots of storage and a good ceiling fan above the bed - which worked well for our stay at the end of May. There was also lots of heating for colder months. There were two bar stools and a breakfast bar in the kitchen. There was also a two seater sofa in the lounge/bedroom and a TV that could be seen from the sofa and the bed. There was plenty of lighting.

The staff was professional, friendly and helpful, and the weekday maid service was terrific - they even washed up for you. We read complaints about the pull down bed being hard, but we found it fine and used the extra pillows that were supplied. The best thing was that they supplied an easy to access and very reliable free high speed wireless internet service. Our package also included a free airport transfer, which was great.

We found our studio apartment at The Mansions very affordable at ₤110 per night - and were happy to pay the full amount two weeks in advance to be able to attain this rate.

It was a great location for our 9 night stay in London. We will be very happy to stay there again when we are next in London.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: No 1. The Mansions by Mansley
Address: 219 Earls Court Road | Kensington, London SW5 9BN, England (Formerly The Mansions Apartments)
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > South Kensington
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#245 Family Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — No 1. The Mansions by Mansley 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
No.1 The Mansions by Mansley is an elegant property built at the end of the nineteenth century, offering a superb selection of extremely comfortable serviced apartments including large three and four bedroom Mansion Apartments. Apartments are distinct and offer spacious accommodation of character, individually designed and decorated. Apartments range from studio's to four bedroom apartments offering a choice of layouts to suit the needs of everyone from business travellers to large family groups. In this lively and cosmopolitan part of London there are numerous cafes and restaurants suiting all budgets. Or if you prefer to stay in and self-cater, the fully equipped kitchens will meet all your needs. The superb shopping of Westfield London, Europe’s largest urban shopping mall, the King’s Road in Chelsea and High Street Kensington are all a short distance away, with Harrods and Knightsbridge also close by. London’s major attractions are also easily reached, including three of the finest museums in the world and exhibitions at Olympia. ... more   less 
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