Hilton Hotel Olympia in London

Old May 1st, 2003, 05:23 PM
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Hilton Hotel Olympia in London

We are booked into this hotel in July. We are using Hilton points and this was the only Hilton where we could get reservations. I would appreciate any info about it--rooms, location, nearby tube or bus, etc. Thanks
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Old May 2nd, 2003, 04:15 AM
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The Hilton Olympia is a modern purpose built hotel close to South Kensington. It is located on a busy road (request at room at the back of the hotel) and has quite good size rooms for London.

It is not the best location for seeing London and transport from the hotel is a little awkward. The nearest tube station is Olympia (3 min walk) but the service is irregular. The nearest other station is High St Kensington (about 20 min walk). However, buses do stop right outside the hotel (I think no. 9 & 10). There are not many major sights close to the hotel, but if you leave the hotel in the morning and only come back at the end of the day the location might be acceptable.

It is a typical Hilton, in the sense that you can expect a standard hotel of a major brand with reasonable service, although it is not one of their best. An average 4 star hotel. I think the hotel has air-con, which may come in handy in July.

If you are using Hilton points then you might want to go for this option, although orindarily I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it to tourists.

If you do stay you might want to try the Scarsdale pub which is a few blocks away on Edwardes Square. A nice spot in a quiet residential square. A good chance to see some of the charming residential buildings/areas, tiny gardnes and colourful window boxes.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks LondonMike. I appreciate the info. We will only be there for 3 nights so I guess it will be okay. I prefer buses to the tube so if they stop outside the hotel it shouldn't be a problem getting into the city center.
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Hi Wags, I live around the corner from the Hilton Olympia and I always get the 9 bus into work (getting off at Piccadilly, about a 20 minute journey, depending on traffic). I never use the tube anymore because the buses are so good! Plus you get to see so much!

You are only a 5 minute walk from Kensington High Street (10 minutes to really get into the 'thick' of it). Kensington Palace/Hyde Park are nearby.

I agree with LondonMike in that it is not the natural place to stay if you are a tourist. However, it is not a total write off location and there is much to see and do around there. My favourite 'local' is called The Cumberland Arms which doesn't look like much from the outside but inside it is very cosy, stripped wood floors, etc. It's what's known as a 'gastro-pub' meaning it serves high quality, tasty food in a non-dingy atmosphere. Great staff and beer! It's on North End Road, a 2 minute walk away
 
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Thanks AllyPally. I feel much better about staying in that area. I also appreciate the info about the Cumberland Arms. Now we can relax and enjoy!
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