Unexpectedly stuck in London on a Friday night, I was pleasantly surprised to find an affordable vacancy at this hotel, just 5 minutes' walk from the nearby Gloucester Road station with its connection to the Circle and District London Underground lines (the Piccadilly line is temporarily closed at this station for refurbishment works until late 2014). Across the street there are a number of restaurants (e.g. Garfunkels) and high street stores including Boots and Waitrose.
Check-in was easy, and I was very glad of the drinks voucher provided through the IHG Rewards Club programme which gave me much needed refreshment at the bar as I ordered my evening meal (just missed the 10pm cut-off time at the restaurant). No matter, as the excellent service continued from reception to bar and I was able to enjoy a fabulous combination of Thai beef salad, satay chicken, and the most astonishing Thai fishcakes that I have ever tasted, all to a backdrop of some very cool jazz. Nice.
The room had a small balcony overlooking the garden and church, and came with complimentary refreshments of water, chocolate, and biscuits in addition to the standard tea and coffee. Airconditioning allowed me to forget the stifling London heat and enjoy one of the most relaxing night's sleep I've experienced in nearly three years' of working in the capital. Both the room and the ensuite bathroom were very roomy, furnished and decorated to a high quality.
Breakfast opened at 7.30 am (weekend timings), consisting of a fairly eclectic mix of hot and cold options ranging from muesli, salami, and cheese through to black pudding, and fried eggs.
If I had more time, I would have explored the fitness centre located in the basement. If I can afford another stay here it will be on the list for next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crowne Plaza London Kensington is a contemporary designed boutique hotel just a stone's throw away from Gloucester Road tube station with direct connectivity from Heathrow Airport (via the Piccadilly line) and from Victoria train station (via the District or Circle line). Harrods, Hyde Park, Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall and Science Museum, Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres are few of London's top tourist attractions that are in close proximity to the hotel. Crowne Plaza London Kensington is a perfect hub for shopaholics as Knightsbridge, Sloane Square and the West End are all easily accessible. Retreat and recharge in one of the 162 spacious bedrooms featuring new beds, linen and other facilities such as highspeed broadband internet access and 32 inch flat screen televisions to meet the requirements of a savvy traveller. Of all of Kensington's bars, The Bar seems to be a favourite hang out for locals that end up dining at the Umami restaurant. Crowne Plaza London Kensington boasts over 250 square metres of event spaces that all have natural daylight. The boardroom and garden room overlook the hotels private landscaped garden; a rare sight in a central London hotel. The hotel also has a state of the art fitness suite with the most up to date training equipment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Kensington Hotel London