Apart from the very courteous and attentive hotel managers, Lauren (or Laura) and also Alison (who had handled my initial telephone booking), we were disappointed by this supposedly 4 star hotel. AFter check-in, we were moved (on my request) to the Dame Nellie Melba room - superior to the first room (a turquoise monstrosity with a bed so high that one really needed a footstool) but also disappointing, Dame Nellie had lovely bed linen and lush curtains but was let down in matters of subtle taste: the sofa was stained; the chairs were plastic; the leopard skin arm-chairs (shudder) are sad and tired. It was chilly late November/early December but the bathroom radiator had ceased working (although they did provide us with a mobile radiator--- this too had issues). Furthermore, the design of the bathroom is perplexing: whilst large and decorated with statutory, it has an enormous shower head and NO shower curtain. Consequently, when one showers, one also showers the entire bathroom. I used all the spare towels just to mop up the floor. Another little problem: no tea or coffee making facilities in the rooms so one is cordially invited to take coffee/tea, 24/7, in the library. Nice idea but......the library is large and chilly (despite a gas fire) and the tea and coffee supplies erratic. Tea water in the jug was tepid and we had to wait 15 minutes for coffee on the Saturday morning. So....The Gore might be '4 star boutique' but it smacks of the industrial and this, together with its jaded air, and the issues discussed above, are the memories we took away. We certainly would not return. It was a blight on a very special visit to London (our first in 3 years). But I do commend the efforts of Alison and Lauren to be professional and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The renovation at The Gore are completed! We invite you to come (or come back) to experience our newly renovated luxury boutique hotel in the heart of South Kensington! Established in 1892, The Gore – Starhotels Collezione oozes history from every pore, with a story to tell from every room. The 50 lavishly-appointed bedrooms range from Classic and Superior rooms through Deluxe Doubles and Junior Suites to the signature Tudor Room. All are individually furnished with hand-picked pieces, period pictures and ornate feature beds. The food at The Gore comes under the guiding hand of dynamic French Michelin starred Chef Daniel Galmiche, whose classic British cuisine is delivered with a contemporary French twist and a rustic charm. The Bar 190, best known as the location for the launch and photoshoot for The Rolling Stones’ 1968 album Beggars Banquet, plays host to an extensive range of spirits, with notably large collections of whiskies and rums. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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