After a poor journey experience on the virgin train to London last year replacement tickets gave us the opportunity to stay at the crown plaza again. The decision was a no-brainer for us, the proximity to the subway (Gloucester rd), supermarkets (tesco and waitrose) across the road and 5-15 minutes walking distance to the natural history museum the V&A and the science museum and Harrods respectively. Inside the hotel the standard of decor and refinement is excellent with a very warm feel. The staff where friendly and we recognised them all from our previous stay which was a sign of a happy team, the concierge was particularly helpful and friendly when we were asking for help finding attractions. The room we had was a club twin 4 (At an average of £190 per night)which was easily big enough for the five of us with two double beds and space for a cot. The only problem we had during the 6 night stay was that we found the beds too firm but the staff were again very helpful and re-made the beds with extra mattress toppers until we were confortable. The club standard room included the use of the club lounge which had comfortable sofas, tv, 2 computers for guests (our daughter spent at-least 2 hours playing minecraft every evening). There is complimentary soft drinks during the day and canapés such as pate cheese board and tempura seafood and alcoholic drinks between 6 and 8 pm. The lounge was a godsend for us as it meant one of us could take our toddler up to the room while the other relaxed, taking turns meant we kept him in his bedtime routine which is essential to cope with the busy holiday we had planned. Breakfast in the club lounge was also included in the cost of the room, there was a good choice of full English buffet and fresh fruit, yogurts and cold meat platter, there is also a wide selection of speciality teas and coffees from the capsule machine. The Umami restaurant within the hotel was very reasonably priced and is made good value with the fact that kids eat free when you are staying at the hotel, there is also bar snacks menu and room service menu so there is plenty of choice. We had all our evening meals in the club lounge for convenience and the waiting staff where excellent and made it feel like a luxury meal every night. The hotel garden was also an excellent feature with a large lawn area for the kids to play (there was a bouncy castle on the first night) and a covered patio with loads of heaters and lanterns for the evening. The hotel gym is well equipped with exercise bikes, treadmills, free weights and weight machines. This is a hotel we would definitely return to again and again and feel like we would be welcomed back like friends.
- 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