I booked this hotel since it was close to Paddington Station. I had a night in London before a flight from Heathrow. My room was clean, the bed was comfortable and the shower was hot and a decent pressure. Yes, it is a small room but (a) it's London, what do you expect and (b) it's a huge advantage that they offer single rooms (not many places in London do, I've found), so you don't pay for a double room if you don't need it. Yes, you do have to share a toilet but since my room was advertised as 'shared facilities' I would rather share a toilet than a shower. And there were a lot of stairs so this would be something to bear in mind if you have mobility problems or a lot of luggage.
As mentioned in previous reviews, reception is only open between 8am and 6pm but this is no problem as you just go to the Best Western Phoenix Hotel a couple of doors down. Didn't have the breakfast so I can't comment. Great area with Bayswater (Circle line) and Queensway (Central line) tube a short distance and Paddington station a little further (though you can just get the Circle line from Bayswater). Walking distance to Kensington Gardens.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kensington Gardens Hotel is a 17 bedroom 2 star central London hotel, located 5 minutes walk from Hyde Park. Bayswater and Queensway underground stations are both within a few minutes walking distance. The hotel is centrally situated for both the business executive and the holiday-maker, with the West End and its shops and theatres within easy reach. Free Wi-Fi is always included when making a reservation with Kensington Gardens Hotel. Check-in time is from 1 pm onward. There is a complimentary luggage storage facility at the hotel. Reception is manned from 8 am to 5 pm. The reception at Phoenix hotel, next door at 1-8 Kensington Gardens Square, will assist during other hours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kensington Gardens Top Hotel
- Top Hotel London
- London Top Hotel