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A light breakfast comes with your room rate, and if you wants a heartier breakfast, you can order one at a rather pricey rate.
The lobby and the restaurants are bright and modern. Despite new carpeting, the halls are still redolent of an old English hotel, and several times we smelled fish in the hall. I'd swear someone was cooking in their room. However, we didn't smell anything in our room, and it was pleasantly decorated.
There is a nice little gift shop in the lobby near the elevators. The elevators were never crowded despite the fact that the hotel seemed quite full. It appeared to be a hotel frequented by tour groups.
It's about a 10-minute walk to the Tube station, but there is a bus stop right by the hotel.
There are several good restaurants near the hotel, and pasta places are ubiquitous. Prices are generally close to those in the U.S.
A supermarket is within walking distance and provides great deli-type food of all nationalities.
Kensington High Street is a pleasant shopping area where real people live, work, and shop, so you can buy any necessities you might need. Talbot's, the Gap, and a few other popular clothing stores are close by.
There are several varieties of bookstores and a wonderful little art-supply store. Holland Park is close by, and an excellent place to watch the Brits and their dogs. No pooper-scoopers in sight, though, so don't walk on the grass.
If you explore the side streets, you will find little gardens to sit in, antiques stores, and a quaint little block of hairdresser shops.
The old days when Kensington High Street was a singles' bar hangout seems to be gone. The street was not jammed like it used to be on Saturday nights. I guess the economy has slowed things down, or else the bars have moved to another area.
From journal LATEST LONDON VISIT OFFERS NEW VISITOR EXPERIENCES
April 18, 2001
The breakfast buffet was expansive having English, Continental and Japanese choice. The food looked presentable, although they tended to run out of things if you came down later in the morning. My wife and I enjoyed a late night club sandwich and chips in the bar, which they made for us even though the kitchen had closed.
The hotel is close to many attractions such as Kensington High Street and Hyde Park. There is a extension tube station next door (infrequent service), or you can enjoy a 10 minute walk to the station in Earl''s Court. Although I am not positive, I believe the express train to Gatwick leaves at the train station next door. To go to Heathrow, I recommend using the mini-cab stand that you find by turning left out the hotel door. The hotel is near the A4 which goes right to Heathrow. Make a reservation the night before.
This was not my favorite hotel, but it is a Hilton and well situated. It also tends to be less than some of the other American chain hotels. If you get a good rate and want to stay at a Hilton, this is a reasonable choice.
From journal A year in London
San Juan, Puerto Rico
October 16, 2000
From journal London for Lovers