Nothing but positive things to say about our experience with this hotel. Lovely staff, well appointed rooms, thoroughly walkable location.
Our room was quite spacious- we may have gotten an...
Nothing but positive things to say about our experience with this hotel. Lovely staff, well appointed rooms, thoroughly walkable location. Our room was quite spacious- we may have gotten an upgrade from the standard room due to the precious toddler traveling with us. The queen sized bed was cozy and provided a wonderful sleep. And coming from drought stricken California, the walk-in rain shower was quite luxurious! Although we did not partake (due to aforementioned toddler), the Afternoon Tea looked scrumptious, and the restaurant and bar looked like a nice spot for romantic dinner/drinks. The staff are very oriented toward guest comfort and satisfaction, and we felt very taken care of during our stay. My toddler also thanks you for her Kensington Hotel teddy bear! We would definitely stay here again given the opportunity.
We stayed at The Kensington Hotel in the middle of May for 7 nights and enjoyed it immensely! The hotel was, at most, a 15 minute walk from Royal Albert...
We stayed at The Kensington Hotel in the middle of May for 7 nights and enjoyed it immensely! The hotel was, at most, a 15 minute walk from Royal Albert Hall, where we attended one of the Eric Clapton concerts, and a little less than that from the V&A Museum. The South Kensington underground station was an easy 5 minute walk away, and there are several (mostly Italian) restaurants and a pub between the hotel and the station, which is extremely convenient (we ate at Bella Italia, the Zetland Arms and Marion's Kitchen...all were fantastic!). There is also a small Tesco and Waitrose along the route where we picked up some fruit to have in our room. Up the road a bit, not far from Royal Albert Hall but on the opposite side of Queen's Gate, is another great pub called the Queen's Arms...the staff there was so friendly! And...when walking south along Queen's Gate from Hyde Park, look for the sign at No. 2 Queen's Gate...it's where the late great comedian Benny Hill used to live.
We had booked a Superior Double room, but we're pretty sure the bed was queen-size rather than the expected double (yay!). The room itself was bright, spotless, and beautifully furnished but very small, even for European standards, but we made it work by utilizing every drawer and the three baskets in the closet, and we could squeeze our two 30" suitcases against the wall so we didn't trip on anything. The bathroom amenities were among the best we've had in a hotel...very high quality...and the towels were amazingly thick! The oversized rainshower faucet head was wonderful, with plenty of pressure and hot water. The thick terry robes and slippers in the room were also very appreciated! Our room was on the second floor and faced into the centre courtyard, so our view consisted of the HVAC system. The lower part of the window had an opaque covering on it, though, so we really only could see the HVAC setup when we opened the window. While a pretty view is always a plus, we did appreciate that there was virtually no street noise since we faced inward, and the HVAC system was silent! The room had a kettle, a tea pot and a coffee maker, with supplies for both tea and coffee generously replenished daily. There was also a well-stocked bar fridge (but there was no room in the fridge to store any of our own items).
This is a charming old building, which is evident from the creaking floors both in our room and in the halls (the hallway floor even sloped a tiny bit!). This was a bit of a problem for me because as a light sleeper, I seemed to wake up when people in the neighbouring rooms started moving around...our floor creaked and groaned as they walked in their rooms! It woke me every time! Having said that, no other noise ever transferred between the rooms...we never heard others' voices, TVs, etc. Just creaking floors!! A pair of foam earplugs would have helped to block it out...must remember for next time.
Probably the best feature of the hotel is its impeccable service. The doormen and concierge are extremely helpful and pleasant; nothing is ever too much bother for them. The front desk attendants were equally lovely. When our room wasn't quite ready at the stated time, the hotel invited us to have a drink at its expense while we waited (it was a short wait!). We booked Afternoon Tea one day and it was a truly marvelous experience...the service, surroundings, and food were outstanding! The Alexander McQueen-inspired desserts were too beautiful to eat (but we did anyway)!
There is a lot to really love about The Kensington Hotel and we highly recommend it to anyone wanting a classy but understated first-rate facility in a lovely and convenient part of London. We can't wait to visit a second time, hopefully soon!
This hotel was sublime right from the beginning with the doorman. So polite and we felt so welcome. Beautiful warm inviting lobby. Beautiful staff that helped without making it seem...
This hotel was sublime right from the beginning with the doorman. So polite and we felt so welcome. Beautiful warm inviting lobby. Beautiful staff that helped without making it seem like they just wanted a tip. The best in English hospitality. Our room, nice surprise. Not spacious as it is downtown London, but again very inviting. The bedding was sublime and made sleeping a breeze. Beautiful renovated rooms and bathrooms in a beautiful old hotel. Restaurant, Bar and Lounge were beautiful and relaxing. Loved everything right down to the toiletries that reminded me of a high end spa. The hotel is walking distance to Victoria & Albert Museum, Harrods and many other shops, cafe's, pubs and restaurants. Awesome location. Bonus, free WiFi. Only complaint was the spoons which were not replaced daily from the mini bar when we used them.
The hotel is stunning, breakfast is excellent - whether you do the continental or order eggs. They don't rush you of course and it's just a beautiful experience. The room...
The hotel is stunning, breakfast is excellent - whether you do the continental or order eggs. They don't rush you of course and it's just a beautiful experience. The room is small, but it's really so comfortable and well appointed that you don't mind at all. I highly recommend The Kensington Hotel.
We stayed 5 nights at The Kensington Hotel and loved it immensely.
This is very luxurious hotel and very welcoming by all the staff. We picked the location as it...
We stayed 5 nights at The Kensington Hotel and loved it immensely. This is very luxurious hotel and very welcoming by all the staff. We picked the location as it was very close to the Chelsea Flower show, but we got so much more with the local area i.e. shops, restaurants and pubs. Happy to go back and stay there if we ever go back to London