Stayed here on our first trip to London - 5 nights. Overall, it was a fine experience. We booked through Expedia & with the flight, the price was exactly what we were looking for.
Positives - very clean & everything you need is provided (blow dryer!, coffee/tea pot, free wifi). Responsive staff. Excellent location - close to 2 different tube stops & an easy walk to Kensington Gardens.
Negatives - If you are an American & used to being able to do more than turn around in your room, these rooms will disappoint you. They are the definition of tiny. The bathroom is even smaller (if that's possible) & with 2 people in the room (we had a queen room) one of us literally had to leave so the other can dress in the morning. However, all of this we just chucked up to good location in London/affordable. It is INCREDIBLY noisy. We were on the 1st floor (2nd floor for Americans) & with windows open, our room was smoke filled (from smokers downstairs) & we could hear every word of every conversation. If you're a light sleeper - good luck. However, the worst thing about the room was the heater - it wouldn't turn off. Shockingly we had a few REALLY warm days (80 degrees) & the room was unbearably hot. The windows do not open more than a small crack. We complained & asked for a different room - they could not provide us with one (none available). To their credit, the staff did try to help - they provided a fan & in the end, unlocked the windows so they could open more. With the windows actually opened, it was fine (since the night tends to be cool).
Good hotel at an affordable price. Hoping that soon enough the $ vs pound situation will get a little better & we can afford a nicer hotel, but for people trying to save money (but stay in a clean, safe hotel), would absolutely recommend this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kensington West is situated in the heart of stylish London, Kensington. Just a 3 minute walk from Olympia exhibition centre & within easy reach to Kensington High Street, boasting many restaurants, bars, shops & a cinema. Kensington West offers good-value en-suite bedrooms, all of which have free WI-FI, flat screen LCD TVs, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, ample power outlets and in-room tea & coffee facilities. We also offer a lift to all floors and a friendly 24-hour reception service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Kensington West
- Kensington West London