Barkston Gardens Hotel Kensington

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Barkston Gardens Hotel Kensington

, London
3 star

Rooms: 93

34-44 Barkston Gardens - London - England - SW5 0EW - United Kingdom | 44 02073737851
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Reviews - Barkston Gardens Hotel Kensington

Very tired Hotel
Submitted by: Leslie in 28/03/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Just had a two night stay in this over priced (after discount) shabby hotel in the centre of London. Our room was shabby and decoration, well disgusting, bathroom equally the same and all this for £156.00 for two nights. On the plus side some great pubs just around the corner.
Please search for better deals - would not stay here again unless major update.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Barkston Gardens Hotel Kensington

Barkston Gardens--Okay for Budget Travelers

from whiterabbit79
My room was very small, but considering it was just me, it was no big deal. Comfortable bed, bathroom and shower in the room, desk, television, phone, and room service (for an additional cost). Breakfast was included in the price of the room and it was very good. The service was okay.

The hotel is located two minutes from the Earl's Court tube station, which is a plus.

It's not the Ritz, but good for budget travelers.

good customer service,old hotel,nasty bathroom

from A TripAdvisor Member
i was in london on summer vacation from august 3rd to the 8th.I decided to go to the barkston hotel because it came up as a three star hotel when i looked on line.I noticed that they have a very good customer service..however the rooms are small and too ugly.There was something wrong with the bathroom..the hot water does not mix with the cold water which makes it really hard to take a shower.You get one side of the tap pouring out water as hot as hell and the otherside of the same tap with cold water.The hotel has a nice location but they need to do a whole lot of renovation.

Decent, great location

from deadlaw
I stay in London often. You have to understand the baseline hotel there is way below most places. But over the last few years they seem to be trying to improve. The Barkston is one example. This hotel has free wireless access and hair dryers. There is someone at the desk 24 hours. The breakfast room is large and clean. The breakfast is plenty to eat, with croissants, cheese, ham, yogurt, and canned fruit. A full cooked breakfast is 2 GBP more. The rooms are en suite, and there is a lift. About half the rooms are large. Ask for Room 405, which is a large twin with a full bath. Some of the rooms on the first floor are very noisy. Weekdays are downright cheap at about 58 GBP; weekends are a lot more. The Earl's Court location is the absolute best, as you can catch the Circle, District, or Picadilly lines. The tube from Heathrow goes direct for 2.40 and takes 30 minutes. There are three good pubs, an M & S Food Only shop, and a wine shop within 50 yards. All in all, not a bad place to stay.

Good for the price

from A TripAdvisor Member
I booked online at a good price, and for the room and location got a good deal. The room was a single en-suite and was quite a good size. But this hotel is still in an old shape...creaky floorboards, a bit aged decor... etc you get the picture. The location is great...just around the corner from the tube stop. My room looked out on the gardens which was nice. I think I was on the top floor and if it had been a sweltering day I woul dhave had a problem without air conditioning. Oh and the lift would take ages to come.

Gret Value for Money

from snowydog
Stayed at the Barkstone Gardens Hotel after attending a concert at Earls Court....what a great idea as 10,000 people tried to cram onto the tube afterwards. Id read other reviews of on TripAdvisor and wasnt disappointed. Location wise its 200m from the underground and 5-10mins walk from Earls Court exhibition centre on a relatively quiet tree lined square. True its not the flashest of places, especially in the public areas - the carpet was a little worn and some of the paint could have done with attention, but the room was relatively modern, clean, quiet, comfortable and very large for central London. Whats more it comes with duvets on the bed and a television, trouser press, hairdryer and TV that all work! At £59 for a double on a laterooms I think the place was a bargain. I think the full price is £105 which in itself isnt unreasonable if you have cause to be in this part of London. Earls Court has so many "dumps" where you get ripped off that I think the Barkstone Gardens is a real find and wouldnt hesitate to stay here again.

You can stay at much better places for similar money.

from sonofagunn
Stayed here for one night in May 2005 when attending a concert at the nearby Earls Court arena.


Location - 1 minutes walk to Earls Court tube station. 2 minutes to Earls Court Arena.

Cleanliness - Both the room and the bed were clean.

Staff - Friendly and helpful.


No Air-Conditioning - the room was impossibly hot. What made it worse was the window wouldn't stay open unless I propped it open with the telephone directory.

Overall condition of Hotel - I think the hotel can be described as a little bit tatty. The marble floor in reception was cracked. The carpet in the corridors was faded and ill-fitting. The paintwork and decor was overdue an overhaul (woodchip wall paper for example - this is not the 70's anymore!). 1 inch gap below room door meant light from the corridor illuminated the room all night.

OVERALL VERDICT: There are much better hotels in London for this price - I paid £88GBP for one night. This is not very expensive for London, but if you shop around you'll find some of the major hotel chains offering genuine 4* rooms for this price.

Great for the price

from A TripAdvisor Member
I've stayed at this hotel twice. The rooms are a little older, but were decent for the money paid. The location was perfect, a 3 min walk to the tube station. Some rooms in the hotel are large, and some are small. All in all, not bad for a tourist class hotel.

Awful location, filthy rooms

from Guruswife
We stayed at Barkston Gardens in the first week of August. it was so bad we went looking for an alternative for the next night despite the fact we had prepaid. We had 2 rooms, for 2 nights, both were filthy, in one room the toilet wouldn't flush, the noise was incredible, even the kids complained! The street outside was covered in vomit and broken beer bottles my 9yo daughter was verbally sexually harassed as we walked passed the pub and was so frightened she wouldn't open the window on her room despite the hot weather! Location might be alright if you're into bars and pubs but not for a family. my biggest gripe was the fact they gave their adddress as Kensington as it is an entirely different type of neighbourhood

Great Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Location was truly the best part of this hotel. Earl's court tube station literally right around the corner. The room we had was another story. Great bathroom, large, full tub, great shower w/ shower curtain.
Rug was stained in multiple places and the beds were the most uncomfortable I have ever slept on. The beds were also very noisy.
Walls are paper thin, so if you have a noisy neighbor....we brought earplugs. Continental breakfast was included in our rate. Adequate breakfast, skip the coffee and go for the tea. Waitstaff was mixed, not overly friendly, but good enough. Eating area, lobby, etc were very clean. Local papers provided in the lobby along with a lot of tour papers, and sightseeing booklets. Front desk staff was great.
Coffee/tea maker is room was nice. They provide you with little packets of tea, coffee, sugar, etc. Skip the coffee here too. Pub at the end of the street was loud and rude people. Waitstaff very unfriendly. Lots of other places to go for food.

ve stayed her 5 times I like it

from Nevilledog
I have stayed here 5 times in the past 3 years and I like the hotel staff is nice, breakfast is pretty good, but that isnt the most important thing to me, but the coffee is terrible, we usually walk down the street to Coffee republic or Costa coffee and get some good coffee. We have stayed in 2 dif kind of rooms, reg double room and family room with 2 double beds and a fold out couch and liked them both. Bathrooms were large for Europe and I love the Earls Court location. I have stayed at 3 other hotels in the area. The Burns, The Oxford and the Rushmore and I like this best. Good Restaurants around here also. Try Dinos right next to tube on Earls Ct RD.

Top Local Tips for London

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum We enjoyed all the tourist attractions - on and off the beaten track - but found Mdme Tussauds to be horrifically overcrowded. There appears to be no limit as to how many they admit to the building at any one time, and there had to be at least 500 people in the first entry room! There was no possible way to see more than 80% of the images, you couldn't get through the crowd, shoulder to shoulder in crushing numbers. Frightening, almost.

Dinner bargain in London Go to "Little French Restaurant" om Hogarth Road, SW5. Great food, friendly staff and a three course meal for only £10!

oyster card buy an oyster card, cheaper than a day ticket as they are capped, when you leave cash it in


Other names for Barkston Gardens Hotel Kensington

  • barkston garden london
  • Address: 34-44 Barkston Gardens - London - England - SW5 0EW - United Kingdom
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