We've stayed at the Kensington Close several times over the past twenty-five years, and when the opportunity arose recently to return to London and explore our favorite haunts, it was a natural first choice. We really enjoyed our week there, and would give the place serious consideration for our next visit too. It's a busy tourist hotel, in a good sense, with everyone in the world passing through sooner or later and, like much of London these days, boasting an interesting international staff. Public spaces have been remodeled nicely, and the restaurant (which we visited only for its very good full English breakfasts), was well-patronized in the evenings as well.
Our room was quite comfortable, and we slept well; our area of the fourth floor was quiet and our climate control was efficient. The decor was rather tired, it must be said, and some redecoration was in order in that room at least, but then the bath/shower had been completely redone not long before and was spotless. Housekeeping staff were friendly, attentive, and routinely did the little extra things to keep us comfy.
Check-in was a little difficult for us, since we arrived early at around 8:30 in the morning. We expected our room might not be ready, and it wasn't, but despite frequent inquiries at the desk they were not able to accommodate us until 2PM, which made for a long and bleary morning/early afternoon killing time in the lobby area. Once we were taken in, however, everything was fine.
The hotel is down Wright's Lane, about 200 yards or so to the south off Kensington High Street. That area has been one of my favorites in London during many visits, off and on, over 40+ years, and its restaurant scene is better than ever. Taxis are readily available at the front door and the High Street Kensington tube station (Circle and District) is a 6-7 minute walk from the hotel. We certainly hope to be back --
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn London - Kensington High Street is a beautiful 4-star hotel centrally located near Kensington High Street tube station and a short walk from Kensington Palace & Gardens, Royal Albert Hall, Earls Court and the West End. The Hotel has 708 well-equipped non-smoking bedrooms including Executive bedrooms and Suites. Enjoy fresh seasonal dishes in the brasserie or a drink in the sunny private garden. Business traveller's appreciate the powerful WiFi service, wide ranging room service menu and an executive lounge for VIPs too. State of the art meeting facilities for up to 250 delegates are ideal for meetings, dinners and weddings. Shopping at Westfield and Oxford Street is a short distance away. Imagine Health Club and Spa includes a fantastic new gym and an 18 metre swimming pool with sauna, steam rooms and jacuzzi. The Spa offers an enticing selection of massage, facial and beauty treatments with our expert therapists. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kensington Close London
- Hotel Kensington Close
- Kensington Close Hotel London