This was a Late Rooms booking and therefore a fraction of the full price - just as well! A brilliant location for our do at the V&A but we were a little nervous when even our London cabbie had never heard of the hotel! Perfectly serviceable and fine for a night but The Gainsborough is a rather tired and tatty establishment with something of a cold war feel about the place! Dusty plastic aspidistras and winding corridors with odd half staircases and faded wallpaper leant it an out of season quality, but our room was comfortable, if small and dated. Wild swagging and dim lighting did not disguise the tired decor, but the bed was comfy. Our tiny balcony was out of reach due to a chain on the French windows....probably just as well as we discovered, on going to bed, that directly below the hotel is....A NIGHT CLUB! Not a very relaxing or quiet night's sleep was had. Breakfast was extra and avoided. Most of the staff were Eastern European and were friendly in a low key kind of way. We did get a complimentary cup of tea on arrival. No biscuits though.......
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imagine an English country home magically whisked to the most exclusive London borough, and you have The Gainsborough. Named after the celebrated artist, The Gainsborough combines the attractive style of bygone days with an easy informality. To stay here is to enjoy London of fashionable South Kensington, Harrods, the restaurants and antique markets, pubs and delightful backwaters of Chelsea and Knightsbridge. You are at the heart of the capital's culture too with great museums - Science, Natural History, the Victoria & Albert - nearby; and for music lovers, the glorious Royal Albert Hall is just minutes away. The well-stocked lounge bar is the spot for a leisurely drink or a snack from the light menu. With 24-hour room service, butlers on immediate call and a reception ever ready to meet your needs, nothing is too much for our attentive staff. ... more less
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- Gainsborough Hotel London