Advantages Clean, comfortable, friendly staff, great food
Disadvantages Horrendous bar prices
I stay at the IBIS Earls court about 4 or 5 times a year as i occasionally work in London. It is a big, grey building and maybe does not look that appealing from the ouside, but read on and i will explain why it is well worth staying at, whether you are in London for business or pleasure...The exterior
As i mentioned, the IBIS is a little drab looking on the outside. The grey building would not appear to appealing on a rainy January day. There are a set of revolving doors at the front (be careful if you have had too much wine!) and a large car park to the rear.The reception area
The first thing that strikes you when you enter the IBIS is the large chandelier in the lobby, it really is impressive but does not make you feel out of place if you have just arrived in your jeans. There is a seating area in the middle, with newspapers and information on attractions in the local area. The couches are comfortable but you will be lucky if you get one as they are usually all taken. There is a small bar to the right which serves botled beers, wine, juices and tea and coffee. The check in area is to the left and always seems to be quite crowded, you may have to wait 10- 15 minutes before you are dealt with. However, check in time is swift and the staff are very friendly and welcoming. There is no porter service as standard. You can request a daily newspaper, extra tea, coffee and fresh milk( if you cant stand the little plastic tubs of "Tastes just like milk"!) toothpaste, brushes etc... at the reception and they always appear happy to oblige. 8 meeting rooms are located in the hotel and they can provide seating for up to 1200 people. There is also free WIFI access for guests staying on business purposes.The rooms
There are 504 rooms at this IBIS and also 2 handicapped rooms which are on the first floor.
The rooms are large and spacious and typically comprise of a double bed, bedside tables, dressing table with large lights, small table with two chairs, tea, coffee and hot chocolate making facilities, extra bed linen, large double wardrobes with trouser press, hairdryers and the obligitary Gideons bible.
On the dressing table, there are menus for the hotels restaurant and information on attractions around London.
The restaurantThe restaurant is big, airy and serves a buffet menu. There are plenty of tables, with the food in the middle of them all.
Room service is also available 24 hours a day and comprises of most of the meals on the bar menu.The Staff
The staff at the IBIS are a really friendly bunch of people. There are many people with many different nationalities working there which makes for some really interesting conversation if you are a late night bar straggler! Nothing appears to be too much trouble and you are always greeted with a warm and friendly smile (even at 4 in the morning). They will willingly call you a taxi and have a good knowledge of local tube lines and London attractions.Other info
The IBIS is located 500m from the Earls court exhibition centre and therefore can get very busy when there is a particularly popular event on there. It is about 2 minutes from West Brompton station and 5 minutes from Earls court station.
It is an ideal base to explore London as Buckingham palace, Madame Tussuads, Marble Arch and the Science museum are all very accessible from here. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the near vicinity, including an amazing chinese restaurant at the end of the road.
Prices are typical for a London hotel. Expect to pay between £60-£80 for one night midweek, more at weekends.
0207 6100880Andrea x
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By Earls Court exhibition centre and just a few minutes walk to West Brompton Tube Station on the District line, Ibis Earl's Court is 2 Tube stops...
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Availability: Price is per double room per night and may vary depending on date booked