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Historical Traveler Reviews Barkston Garden Hotel Kensington London
We spent 6 days at the Barkston Gardens Hotel over Christmas 2003 (Dec.
I booked this hotel after reading several decent reviews; but after the fact, several negative reviews were printed. I was very leary about venturing off to London and staying here, but it was unfortunately already paid in full.
Yuck! I understand small rooms but I couldn't even place my one suitcase on the floor. It was noisy with an annoying Tink Tink Tink of the plumbing. It smelled and I didn't have any heat. I was freezing. They offered another room which was freezing and both did not have radiators. The heated towel bar didn't work, the bathtub was dirty, I certainly didn't want to sleep in the bed. The only great thing was it was down the street to Earl's Court. You're better off two blocks down at the K + K George Hotel for the price. This was an overpriced room! I did not eat breakfast even though it was included. If you saw what I saw, you wouldn't eat there either.
The best thing about this hotel is the location: about a one block walk from the Underground Tube Station, Earls Court. Lots of activity on street, stores, restaurants (both local and American fast food), pubs.
Filthy, Terrible Experience
FILTHY - with pubic hairs on the bathroom floor when we checked in and no other rooms available, already prepaid, we stayed. The matresses were so old they slanted and the room smelled of mildew and mold. VERY DISGUSTING...kept waking up thinking that homeless people had better accommodations that night. Would NEVER recommend this hotel to anyone.
Quaint and very convenient
Barkston Gardens Hotel was located in Earls Court and was very, very convenient as we were there to see the "City". We were about one block from the underground and used it every day. The breakfast was very nice and the only thing We laughed about was the tiny wastebaskets. With all of the shopping we did, we had a lot of "waste"; paper bags, etc. I liked that it wasn't updated too much and retained a feel of the original building. There were a lot of restaurants, shops, banks;,and the Boots Pharmacy and a few Internet cafes were nearby. The staff seemed efficient but not overly helpful.
Great English Breakfast
We stayed in the Barkston Hotel. We had a Quad, a huge bathroom and balcony. It was wonderful. The English do breakfasts best. We ordered breakfast and the portions were too much for us to consume, but DELICIOUS! The ham had a flavor we had not tasted before in America....no hormones probably.
Good service and great location
This hotel is vert close thr station of Earl's Court. You can either take the Piccadility or the District line when you wish to go out.
However, the floor of the hotel seems to be too old that it give some voice when you walk on it. The rooms are confitable, but hte breakfast have too little hot dishes. It is worth to stay there.
Our family stayed in this hotel for 4 days at the end of June. The location is VERY convenience. It only takes 3-5 minutes walk to the Earl's Court Tube. Earl's Court is between Zone 1 and 2, most of the main attractions are in Zone 3, so it is best deal to buy a day pass between Zone 2 & 3. The hotel is definitely a budget 2-3 star hotel, rundown, and a little tacky. The furniture was worn, but the rooms were relatively large and clean. Free breakfast was adequate, only toast, fresh rolls with butter or jams, cold ham and cheese, cereal and yogurt, milk, coffee and tea. The staff was helpful. It's worth to stay in a place for the right price (we paid $85 for a double room). The only thing is there is NO air condition (I don't know if most of the hotels in London without air-cond). Although they gave us a fan, but I still felt the room was warm. I will stay in this hotel again but not in hot summer time.
We just returned (Jan. 14, 2003) from 6 days in London @ the Barkston (Gardens) Hotel. They posted a winter special of 68 Pounds for a twin the day we left. Great location- 1 1/2 blocks from Earl Court Tube, surrounded by both private residences (the people who own the gated park) and small hotels. Nice pub (Blackbird) on the corner, ATM's readily available, "Troubador" pub several blocks away a REAL find for breakfast. Hotel was almost full when we arrived due to annual boat show in local exhibit hall, so receptionist gave us keys to remaining rooms to look at and pick one. Hotel has one non-smoking floor (4th) but no rooms were available. Only one twin room (#100) was available. It was the size of a Holiday Inn room but was in the basement so unfortunately the air was moldy, the bathroom freezing and the heat seldom really worked. The maintenance and maid service were friendly even when they couldn't fix things. Free continental breakfast was OK but anything cooked or with eggs cost extra. The sitting room was comfortable and had a good variety of papers. We'd return but only with firm reservations for a 4th floor, twin overlooking the park.