London has no shortage of grandiose places to stay, but sometimes it’s nice to opt for a smaller boutique hotel where you know the hosts really care. These are a few of our favourite alternative places to stay in West London.
Just around the corner from Earl’s Court station, the Amsterdam Hotel is ideal for anyone looking to avoid walking too far from public transport with heavy luggage. Guests staying at the hotel receive a complimentary breakfast buffet, while a cooked breakfast is also available for a fee. Anyone looking for more than a hotel room can avail of the apartments with kitchenettes and living rooms that are also on offer. Best of all, it’s family-run.
At Home Inn Chelsea
Built during the 1720s, At Home Inn Chelsea is the oldest house on the street. In fact, it still boasts original early Georgian panelling, yet the place has been beautifully furnished with a stylish modern decor. Simon and Margaret have been running the B&B for over 20 years and they offer so much more than a mere place to stay. Margaret is a jewellery designer – just ask to have a look at her pieces if you’re interested in buying anything – and Simon possesses a wealth of knowledge about Kensington and Chelsea, including some fascinating ‘then and now’ photos that compare contemporary Chelsea to its former self.
Just two minutes’ walk from the historical Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, Hotel Olympia has been popular with conference-goers for a long time. It’s well connected by public transport too – roughly a five-minute walk from both Earl’s Court tube station and West Brompton Overground and rail station – so there’s plenty of opportunity to explore the capital around any exhibition schedules.
Notting Hill Bed & Breakfast
Approximately a seven-minute walk from Notting Hill Gate tube station, Notting Hill Bed & Breakfast boasts a homely decor complete with traditional carpets and rustic wooden furniture, while the bathrooms have a clean, modern finish. Also just a five-minute walk from the famous Portobello Road Market, this hotel is in a perfect spot for exploring one of London’s most famous areas.
Chelsea House Hotel
Operating in a Victorian-era residential property, the Chelsea House Hotel is around a six-minute walk from Earl’s Court tube station and West Brompton Overground and rail station. Guests are offered free tea and coffee in the lounge area, while a complimentary continental breakfast buffet is also available in the morning.
The Notting Hill Guest House
Situated in a Georgian townhouse right across the road from Holland Park tube station, The Notting Hill Guest House is a great budget option just half a mile from the Portobello Road Market. Guests have a choice of six casual twin rooms, two of which can be connected together to create a large room ideal for families.
Holland Park House
Residing amongst the leafy streets of one of London’s most affluent areas, Holland Park House is just six minutes’ walk from Holland Park tube station. This hotel is ideally placed for a day-trip to the world-famous university town of Oxford – it’s just a five-minute walk to the Holland Park Oxford Tube stop, which runs coaches between Oxford and London Victoria every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day.
Just a five-minute walk from the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the Plaza Hotel is perfect for anyone coming to the capital to catch a gig. Meanwhile both Westfield London shopping centre and Olympia London are within a mile of this hotel, making it great for shoppers and people in the city for conferences and events, too. Guests are offered a complimentary continental breakfast and, while there is no direct website, bookings can be made through a variety of sites that can be found through Google.
Looking for somewhere more central? Check out our favourite boutique hotels in Central London.