Super friendly staff at every encounter. Despite a small glitch in my reservation, it was quickly resolved and they upgraded my room "for my trouble." Loved the hotel's location: Literally across the street from Hyde Park, a great respite from the busy streets; near pubs and shopping. Above a Waitrose- a 7/11-ish type store with healthy snacks. Comfy and cozy hotel bar open late after the pubs close. The B&B package includes daily breakfast, which was delish. Rooms are on the small side but are very nice and include 2 robes and a safe in the closet. There's a Thistle Hyde Park less than 2 blocks away. For the price, I'd stay here any day.
TIP: Easy way to get from Heathrow to the hotel: Take the Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station, then walk or cab it to the hotel- depending on the weather and how much luggage you have! Purchase your train ticket via the Heathrow Express app; just show your screen on board when they ask to see your ticket. I think you can do the same from Gatwick.
TIP: If you're there on a Saturday, you MUST check out the Portobello Road market. Walk west from the hotel to the Notting Hill tube station, and turn right. Go past the retail shops and around the curved street, continue straight for one block, and you'll see it straight ahead. I stumbled across it when I went out for a walk, and before I knew it, four hours had gone by and I was only about 2/3 of the way through. Such fun finds- antiques, souvenirs, books, food, and on and on!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly refurbished modern hotel located on Bayswater Road with the tranquility of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens opposite, and within walking distance to Paddington, Oxford Street, Kensington, Notting Hill and Edgware Road, the hotel is ideally placed for business or leisure. Good transport links ensure that the city and theatres are also within very easy reach. All Deluxe and Executive bedrooms are located at the front of the hotel and have amazing views over Kensington Gardens and are available at a supplement. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thistle Kensington Gardens London