My partner and I stayed at the Avni for two nights while in London catching up with my brother and visiting the sights.
I arrived first and was quite pleasantly suprised by the size of our room on the the first floor. It was a bit shabby in places but clean and more spacious than most other London hotel rooms in my experience.
The location was very convenient for our needs, we visited Ealing Broadway (at end of District line), the Tate Modern, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Barnes and Knightsbridge and had no trouble getting to any of them via tube and bus. Gloucester Road is the nearest station, about five minutes walk, and the only problem was that it was very busy over the weekend and we faced a long queue for tickets.
I don't eat breakfast so didn't partake of the continental breakfast included in the price, but my partner did and said it was fine, if lacking in much variety.
One pleasant surprise was the free Wifi internet, which was really fast too.
Another positive was that I had paid as requested on arrival with my credit card, then we had to ask to reverse the transaction so that my partner could pay and be reimbursed by his work, and the lady on reception did this quickly and without fuss for us, which we appreciated.
A couple of niggles were the low water pressure and clunky shower-doors that made it very easy to wet the bathroom floor, and lack of security in relation to the luggage room.
We left our cases there all day on the Sunday while we explored before leaving town. The room was not locked and it seemed very easy for anyone to access it. All was well, but in hindsight I wouldn't leave any valuables in my luggage next time.
I think we'd stay here next time we're in London, the price was good and it ticked all our boxes.
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- Also Known As:
- Avni Kensington London
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