Stayed at The Gainsborough last weekend, and having read some of the reviews below I have to admit I was slightly worried about what I would find when I arrived. The service on check in was good - there was another guest at the desk as we arrived so were shown to some seats and within a few minutes were checking in. Went up to our triple room (1 double and 2 singles) which was clean and well presented. The room was a nice size, and could be partitioned off into two separate bedrooms which was useful. The only thing that was lacking in the room itself was tea and coffee making facilities, but there was room service so that really wasn't a problem. Aside from this, the only actual issue we had was that the shower wasn't all that good, it did work - just wasn't ideal.
As mentioned in a previous review, there is a nightclub close to the hotel, and yes, there was some noise from it, but to be frank it really wasn't enough to keep any of us awake - light sleepers included. Probably worth bearing in mind that we stayed on a Saturday night, I'm guessing the club wouldn't be open every night in the week.
We knew we'd be returning to the hotel late, so were concerned about the distance between the hotel and the nearest tube (South Kensington). It was literally 5 minutes walk, not a problem at all.
The breakfast in the morning was great, either full English or Continental. All your usual juices, cereals, rolls, crossiants, fruit etc etc. I think the breakfast was available until 11.00am.
Checked out of The Gainsborough at around 11.00am and left our luggage behind reception until 7.00pm that night - was great and so convenient as we didn't want to have to carry our bags around the capital all day!!
Thought it may be useful to add this to the review: To get to the hotel from the tube station, head up Harrington Road, and Queensberry Place is the second road on the right (turn at the French bookshop) - the hotel itself is about half way along, also on the right. As I said, literally 5 minutes away.
All in all, a great hotel which I'd happily recommend based on our stay.
- 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