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Kensington Gardens Hotel
Ranked #426 of 1,072 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 July 2013

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

Very clean room and bathroom, professional staff, good continental breakfast included. Be sure to shower at night to avoid the range of water temperatures and be prepared to climb the stairs. Bayswater/Notting Hill Gate location a little inconvenient for site-seeing, but overall an excellent value.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

Stayed there for a week and a half in September 2012. Room was small but entirely acceptable, everything kept very clean and bed quite comfortable. Staff were entirely lovely, they went out of their way to arrange a mini-fridge for my room. The lady who works the front desk (I forgot her name!) is a complete gem, very friendly and cheerful and always helpful.
Location is fabulous, lots of cafes and restaurants nearby, a Boots at the corner for necessities, and a short walk to the Bayswater tube station.
You have to leave your key and get it back from a hotel a couple of doors down if you come back after 6pm, but I found this to be no issue at all.
Private shower, shared bathroom.
Stairs to the rooms.
Wifi was mostly reliable in my room (second floor).
I can't say anything about the breakfast as it wasn't included with my stay,. but there are plenty of options within a short walk.

Would happily stay there again!

Room Tip: I had the single straight up the stairs from the shared bathroom, window faced the park so I had a l...
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

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.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

This is a no frills hotel which is in a great location just a stone's throw from Bayswater Tube Stattion and close to Paddington Station. I only needed a place to put my head down for an overnight in London and had an excelletn night's sleep. It's in a relatively quiet spot but convenient for many of the London sights and the West End. Good value and excellent service..

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

This was a nice little no frills hotel in a brilliant location close to Kensington Gardens and several methods of accessable public transport.

The small issues I had with this hotel was the fact that there was no lift, the bathroom was very dated and the bed was not very comfortable. But for the price I paid those are trivial complaints.

I'd probably stay elsewhere on my return visit, but this hotel served me just fine.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

Stayed in this hotel for a few days on my first visit to London. I didn't come to the city to see a hotel and spend time in the room so I wasn't expecting or wanting to spend for a 5 star experience. The tube stop wasn't a terribly far walk and getting there was pretty easy from the airport even with a rolling suitcase.
The actual room itself was a one bed and was pretty small. Was on the 4th floor and no elevator so that sucked lugging a suitcase up and down. Room had a shower and sink in it but no bathroom - it was down the hall. There was a TV that got a few channels. Room overlooked the street.
In terms of cleanliness it was average. Peeling paint and dirty carpet / linens. Never felt too gross, just wasn't "spot-less"
Owner of the hotel was friendly and helped me with a map to plan out best ways to get to the tourist sites and what not.
I did not eat at the hotel so can't comment on that. Again for the price and location this is a good hotel to base out of.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Doug518
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Additional Information about Kensington Gardens Hotel

Address: 9 Kensington Gardens Square, London W2 4BH, England (Formerly TOP Hotel Kensington Gardens)
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Notting Hill
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#380 Family Hotel in London
Price Range: £77 - £136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kensington Gardens Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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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