Despite its cunning name, the hotel is actually located in West Kensington, not far from the Hammersmith Apollo, Kings Mall Shopping Centre and Earl's Court. West Kensington is also a prime destination for shopoholics as Kensington High Street is often referred to as a 'shopping haven'. A little further afield are Kensington Palace and Gardens, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace. The nearest tube stops are Kensington and West Kensington, each a short walk from the hotel. Both stations are serviced by the District Line, which provides relatively quick transfers to other tube lines and the rest of the city.
As a budget hotel, Kensington West doesn't have Olympic-sized swimming pools or miniature golf courses, but it can offer a 24-hour reception, free WiFi throughout the property and complimentary hot drinks, safes and toiletries.
Outside the hotel there is a pay and display service that runs from 9am until 8.30pm at a rate of £1.80 an hour. Alternatively there's a 24-hour NCP car park on Holland Road, which is roughly a 15 minute walk from the hotel.
The rooms are small and all very plainly furnished in whites, creams and mint greens with the most basic of amenities, although they do have televisions.
Guests arriving into London by air can take either the Heathrow Express from Heathrow airport to Paddington station (approximately 15 minutes) or the Gatwick Express from Gatwick airport to Victoria Station. From Paddington, the best route is to take the underground Circle Line to High Street Kensington and then switch to the District Line to continue through to Kensington. Those arriving via Victoria should just take the District Line straight through to Kensington. Once at Kensington underground station guests should exit and walk down Olympia Way, crossing the main road and proceding down Avenmore Road past the Olympia Exhibition Centre. Guests should turn right at the end of the road onto Lisgar Terrace and follow it to the end of the road, where Kensington West is just around the corner on the right.
Visitors arriving independently by car will find the most straight-forward route to be to leave the M25 at Junction 15 and take the M4 toward central London. The M4 will merge with the A4 and guests should stay on the A4 until they reach North End Road on the B317. Turning left onto North End Road, guests will find Matheson Road just off of North End Crescent; the second right.