We booked a room here for four nights via the hotel's Doyle Collection website. We paid top dollar for a small room. Unlike other reviewers here, we did not get upgraded. We have never been upgraded except once at The Taj Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur. How do these hotels decide who will enjoy an upgrade? There must be some special handshake or facial twitching required at check in?
Before the hotel manager replies that these old houses have to have odd room size configurations, we'll just say our room was small - very small - with a queen size double at the front of the building. There was no traffic noise and the bed was comfortable. There is adequate wardrobe space and good wi-fi. The bathroom was small - best described as efficient? But why in a double room for two people is there only one chair? The answer will probably be that the room was only large enough to accommodate one chair so following the hotel's logic, we were two people put into a single size room?
Otherwise everything worked and the hotel is very well located - just where we needed to be. We did not bother with the very expensive breakfasts which are over £20 per person for typical hotel fare. Instead there are several very nice cafes nearby with an eclectic choice of freshly cooked food for breakfast for less than £10 per person including coffee or tea. Likewise, the hotel restaurant is expensive for dinner - it is better to try somewhere from the large choice of local restaurants just a few minutes walk away.
Would we stay here again? Yes - providing we get a room large enough to fit a bed and two chairs (useful to sit on whilst waiting for the rain to stop or just to have a cup of tea.) If there are no suitable rooms then we would definitely stay elsewhere - after all there is a vast choice in London!
- 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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