I decided to pay a little extra for a single room with double bed, as I thought that the room would be larger than the average single size. It was fine for my purposes- enough room to move around in, comfortable bed and, above all, very quiet, as it was on the top floor. There is a lift. The decor was reasonable, if faded; there was an openable window, air conditioning (not used) and everything required. It was clean. The shower room tiles needed replacing, but everything worked satisfactorily. The continental breakfast was pretty basic, with tinned fruit and a selection of fresh pastries, plus cheap looking slices of ham and cheese. The cooked breakfast was extra on my tariff so I didn't try it. There was no fresh decaffeinated coffee available- in this day and age, there is no excuse for this. The reception and serving staff were very friendly- the person on reception was apologetic that WiFi was charged for and offered me the use of her computer for an urgent e-mail. The venue is great for Kensington, Knightsbridge, Hyde Park and the big museums, plus there are some good restaurants nearby. I managed to get a reasonably priced deal for my stay- I certainly wouldn't pay the full asking price for the standards that they offer.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Gainsborough Hotel London