I stayed for one night, arriving early evening after an easy and relatively short journey.
Hotel is in a quiet side street, about 6 minutes walk from the tube and about 3 from the Natural History/Science Musuems & Albert Hall etc. First impressions: nice, well cared for frontage, attractive, reassuring, no dodgy feeling about area.
On checking in, was greeted by a smile but really slow service; mainly due to the (foreign) receptionist being too busy in her continuing conversation with her colleague, and by being interrupted by another guest demanding to know when his taxi would arrive - attention deferred to these two for so long, I took a seat and waited more comfortably.
Lift to 4th floor, fine - was offered help with bag but didn't need it.
Single room (with small double bed), in small room but perfectly fine. Room was clean, bedding was clean, bathroom small but clean & perfectly adequate although smelt a bit strange (cleaning products?). TV worked, kettle & tea/coffee etc all fine. Wardrobe if you need it, windows did open so could get fresh air, air con unit installed but not tested, and not cold enough to warrant heating.
I always travel with earplugs - which is a good thing here because the walls are thin and the next door guest banged the doors quite a bit - but I slept fine in a comfortable, clean bed. Didn't take breakfast as was extra cost.
Slightly peeved that single room was advertised on Reception price list as less than i paid through Laterooms.com.
Overall, a fine experience but I think it's way overpriced at £125 a night with no brekky included. 4 star is probably over-generous but the faults I observed were manageable.
- 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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