My husband and I spent Christmas/New Year's 2011 at The Kensington Hotel and absolutely loved our experience there. We were celebrating numerous personal milestones, in addition to the holidays, and had notified the hotel of this fact; they kindly upgraded our room in recognition of our celebrations. While the rooms and public spaces are lovely, the best part of The Kensington Hotel is the staff's attention to detail and willingness to go above and beyond to ensure that guests have a positive experience. For example, during our stay, they provided us with a DVD player and access to the hotel fridge, in order to store cake and ice cream for a birthday celebration. Actions like these and dozens of others (including nightly turndown service) made The Kensington Hotel something special. While we had a couple of issues during out stay (housekeeping brushes left on our sink/near toiletries, some charges made in the incorrect currency, no fridge), these were small hiccups in a 10+ day stay and in no way would prevent our recommending the hotel or returning for another stay.
Aside from the lovely rooms and amazing staff, the hotel's location is perfect: just a few blocks from the National History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and South Kensington Station. There is a small Waitrose just around the corner from the hotel, as well as a larger Waitrose and Sainsbury's just a few blocks away. We're big walkers, and we were able to walk throughout Kensington and Chelsea using the hotel as a base. In fact, we even walked from the hotel to Westminster on Christmas, when public transit was not running. The hotel is also excellent from a public-transit standpoint. South Kensington Station sees Piccadilly Line, District Line, and Circle Line trains, meaning that you can get anywhere in London using it as a base and can travel directly from Heathrow to the station and vice versa.
It's also worth noting how beautiful the hotel's shared spaces are. Throughout our stay, there was a fire in the fireplace and room to sit and read or enjoy a coffee. We're usually running around whenever we're in London, but the lobby space was tempting enough to keep us in for a few nights of coffee, hot chocolate, and reading!
In short - The Kensington Hotel is a lovely, perfectly located hotel with an excellent staff who went above and beyond to make our time there special. I would definitely recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly located in leafy South Kensington and just moments from Knightsbridge, Hyde Park and Sloane Square, The Kensington offers 150 unique and stylish guestrooms and suites. London's largest townhouse suite (approx 2,000 sq ft), roll top baths and four-poster beds are truly befitting of this Regency quarter. The Town House bar & restaurant and a magnificent lounge area comprised of period drawing rooms offer a traditional but contemporary setting for afternoon tea, lunch or evening dinners. Our guestrooms are individually decorated in an elegant townhouse style, using sumptuous fabrics, deep upholstery and an eclectic mix of contemporary art and furnishings. The atmosphere is relaxed throughout, with the engaging and innovative service creating the ambiance of a smart private members club. All rooms include flat screen TVs, air conditioning, luxurious Aromatherapy Associates bathroom products, Nespresso coffee machines and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kensington Hotel London