We were so looking for to London, our hotel was the most expensive of our trip so we had anticipated a reasonably sized room with some sort of view.
We arrived at reception where the Receptionist questioned our nationality, insisting that we were Austrians not Australians, twice we had to tell her that no we were Australian, then she gave me the room keycard to 114, I asked her where the elevator was she pointed to it without saying another word, we took it up to the first floor unloaded 2 by 20kilos of luggage plus hand luggage and then looked for the room, I started downstairs and found the room on a very small landing. We hauled the luggage down 2 small flights of steps to a room which was 3metres by 2 1/2metres, with great difficulty we pulled the luggage in and tried to settle in. The bathroom was minute, shower was about 80 by 80cms toilet placed directly behind door. The view from the bedroom window was of a French School playground!
The reception was quite unsympathetic and other Australians happened to get 115 which was adjoining, they asked for a bigger room was told they would have to pay an upgrade price.
This hotel caters for mainly French people, the French Embassy is just around the corner and the school right outside the hotel. Internet promised free if you stay longer than 3 nights (on the internet as description of the hotel) no, we were told not true.
The location is good if you want to walk in parks and visit museums, but boring if you'd like a bit of shopping!
- 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