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202 Modern Service Apartments
Ranked #309 of 823 Speciality Lodging in London
Chennai, India
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“Basic and functional. But 5 star location”
Reviewed 14 January 2011

The best thing about 202 is its location... can't ask for a better location at that price. If you are looking for a basic serviced apartment with no frills but the all basic requirements, then this is the place. Also has a kitchenette in case you need to do a little cooking, especially for breakfast.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled on business
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sacramento
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

Staff is very helpful, apartment is just fine. As they say themselves "it's a two-three star hotel in a five star location." Plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes and next to Portobello Market and the Tube. Street noise was not an issue, although we were on the fifth floor apartment 22. Nice to have a small kitchen.

  • Stayed October 2010
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 11 October 2010

I was going to stay in 202 in December 2010, but apparently they are employing some sub-par people in their reservations.

I queried for a studio apartment, and was told that if I wanted it I should fill in a form and then email it to them. I then told them that I wanted the apartment and asked them to send in the form, which I filled and sent back to them. After sending in the form, I was promptly told that the apartment wasn't available anymore because they had rented it to someone else.

I would say it's very unprofessional to even offer the same apartment to multiple people for the same timeframe, pretty much like offering to sell one car to five people at once...

Stayed October 2010, travelled on business
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Thank Retku
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Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2010

We stayed for 4 nights in a studio apartment. The kitchen and bathroom were separate and off the small hall. In the hall there was also large storage cupboard which was perfect for our pushchair and coats etc. This is also where to find iron, ironing board and hairdrier which was handy. The kitchen was small , very 70s decor but very clean and had everything in way of crockery, utensils, microwave, kettle , toaster etc you could need. The fridge had small freezer compartment. The bathroom was quite large with old fashioned yellow bath, sink etc but the shower over the bath was brill and the great thing was there was plenty of shelving space for all your toiletries and a heated towel rail and bathroom cabinet with mirrors with extra space.

In the living area there were very comfortable twin beds and we had arranged (free of charge) for a campbed to be set up for our 3 year old. All beds were very comfy, the pillows were fab and the bed linen was clean and soft. All in all we all had a great night's sleep every night. The weather was really hot, which was good and a large fan was provided which was a godsend. The room also had wardrobe, plenty of drawers, bedside lamps, small round glass dining table with seating for 3. We also had a large flatscreen tv with freeview TV so childrens channels available all day till 7.00pm. The other great thing was the large balcony. On the balcony was a small table and a few seats. The balcony was safe for kids - obviously as there are tables and chairs out there that could be climbed up on you wouldn't leave kids out there on their own.

The balcony was perfect in the hot weather and only got the sun in the morning so nice and shady late afternoon and evening. We were fortunate to have a room round the back of the building (apartment 5 on second floor) though so it was pretty quiet at night. The rooms at the front were probably a bit noisier but don't think they would be too bad.

I think it's best to focus on the actual apartment in a review as i'm sure everyone will have researched the area but what I will say is that it's got to be one of the best locations in London. 5 minutes walk to Kensington Gardens/ Hyde Park where you'll find Princess Diana's memorial gardens. they are unbelievably good for kids with pirate ship, treasure chests, wigwams and loads to play with. 3 minute walk to Tube Station. 5 Minutes to tesco. To get to Tesco come out the front door of the apartment turn right and then cross to the left across kensington church street. Tesco is across the road on nottinghill gate itself - just past macdonalds and Boots on the right hand side.

In conclusion if you are looking for absolute luxury then this apartment is probably not for you but for £99 per night for an apartment in that location then you could not wish for a better place. As I said the kitchen and bathroom are old fashioned but very clean and fully functional. I won't be staying anywhere else in London ever again.

Enjoy!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Albuquerque
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Reviewed 9 July 2010

This is a great location at a good price. A good value overall. We stayed a week. The manager was very nice and let us borrow a cellphone during our stay. We filled it with minutes before we left. The rooms were adequate, the website is accurate in what you get. I think this part of London is a very good location. There's a bank, a good pub (The Old Swan), subway station, and a Whole Foods nearby.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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singapore
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47 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2010

To be begin with, the corridors are rather dim and the place looks old, but get past these and you will discover a wonderful place to stay! It is a rather spacious apartment we stayed in and with a new big TV where we watched the World Cup! Everything is very clean, from the beds and linens to kitchen and rooms. We made good use of the kitchen, from cooking breakfast to dinner! All appliances functioning well! We got our grocery from the nearby Tesco's and Marks and Spencer's. And yes, so many shops/cafes within walking distance. This is really a great location! The tube is nearby and so are bus-stops to many places! We took the bus to bond street for shopping, actually more convenient than the tube! Also very convenient to take the bus to Paddington Station to take the Heathrow Express to the airport! Free one hour WIFI access! If not, go to Macdonald's for free WIFI! Hyde Park is 5 minutes walking distance. Portobello Market is 10 minutes walking distance. WE would go back to stay if we visit London again!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Berkeley, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2010

the reviews are basically all in agreement: shabby place in a great llocation. if you can get past the shabby, its great.

the shabby is basically that its old. the batghroom is straight out of the fifties (pastel pink) with tons of dried caulk applied over the years to stop leaks. (our bathroom was marginally not as nice as the web site pic). the kitchen was 50's yellow, tiny and exactly as pictured on the web. the living room and bedroom walls had minor stains, minor torn wallpaper, scartched doors, etc. the flat had some issues, but was significantly more space than we could find elsewhere for the price.

the location was as good as it gets. its in a real neighborhood (think upper west side of manhattan or soma in san francisco) that was humming with activity, a bookstore, restaurants, and all sorerts of other real-ife retail. its 50 yards from 3 of the most useful tube lines (which lines matters becasue transferring can be a royal pain), but more importantly, on several major bus routes (we found using the buses to be more fun thabn the tube)

i'd stay there again

Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: 202 Modern Service Apartments
Address: 202 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4DP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #309 of 823 Speciality Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A block of serviced apartments in a wonderful Central London location. Trendy Notting Hill - 100 yards from the tube station and about 300 yards from Kensington Gardens and Portobello Road. Great for families, singles and couples. Shopping, history and the park right on your doorstep with great restaurants and bars too. Very easy to travel around to all parts of London. Good value for money and comfortable homely feeling. All apartments have a balcony! ... more   less 
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