Allen House

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by madeincanada on November 27, 2004

Best Things Nearby:
Location, location, location. Virtually everything London has to offer is closeby. The tube station (Underground/subway) for High Street Kensington is right around the corner. There is a Starbucks right across the street. Shopping and grocery stores are very close by. Kensington Park and Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, and The Royal Albert Hall are all within walking distance. The main attractions are within 1/2 hour by subway. Trafalgar Square, the centre of London is 12 minutes on the subway.

Best Things About the Resort:
The Allen House Luxury Serviced Apartments are tucked away on a peaceful side street, just off High Street Kensington, on the doorstep of Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, and the bustling West End of London. Allen House is conveniently located to all London has to offer. The Allen House has a beautiful back garden with an iron table and chairs. Lovely for afternoon tea during the warmer months.

Resort Experience:
We stayed in a one-bedroom unit on the ground floor. Allen House also has two- and three-bedroom flats, each one unique. Rentals are also available. Our flat was named "Albert". It faced the back garden, and although we were there in November, there were still flowers and buds on the bushes. The kitchen was very well-equipped, complete with egg cups and a covered vegetable dish. Please keep in mind that I have yet to find a timeshare in the UK that has a coffee maker, but they all have kettles and lovely tea pots. We always bring instant coffee for my husband to drink. There was some sort of percolator, but we didn't use it. The kitchen included a single sink, dish washer, washer/dryer combo, stove, oven, microwave, and refrigerator. Dish soap was included, but not laundry soap. There was a little table in our unit where two people could sit for breakfast. If you use face cloths, you should bring your own, because there were none. Don't forget your shampoo and your own soap (only tiny bars are provided in the bathroom). The living/dining area was nicely furnished. The sofa pulled out to a bed.

The bedroom was tastefully decorated, and there was a beautiful wooden desk or dressing table. Twin beds were made up like a king-size bed. Extra pillows, blankets and sheets were available. There was lots of closet space in the bedroom. The bathroom had ample towels and enough toilet paper for two people for a week. There were no tissues, although there was a tissue holder. The bathtub had both a fixed shower and a handheld shower wand. The water pressure was not the greatest. The towel warmer is always a nice touch. A utility room across from the bathroom served as our luggage storage room for the week. All of the rooms except the bathroom had windows overlooking the garden. There was no door in the apartment leading to the garden for security reasons, but the exit was right down the hall.

Allen House has flat rate charges for utilities. The charges are based on time of year and unit size. I believe we paid around £35 for the week. The front door to Allen House is always locked. You are given keys for access upon check-in; there is a £5 deposit. Security includes a buzz-in entry system, complete with video screens in all units, so you can see who is at the front door before you allow them access. Allen House is not your typical North American timeshare. There are no organized activities and no amenities. It's in London, they don't need them. We left each morning after breakfast and returned in the evening.

Allen House
8 Allen Street
London, England, W8 6BH
44 207 938 1191

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