We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“excellent location, but thats it”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
The Villa Kensington
Ranked #493 of 1,068 Hotels in London
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
“excellent location, but thats it”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Good location in London, nearby a metro station. Staff was friendly, but the room (twin) was very very very small. The bathroom door could not even open (i think less than halfway) as the bed was in its way. You can also hear EVERYTHING you fellow hotel guests are doing.. but I guess thats because its an old building. Good for one night, but no more (and most DEFINATELY not romantic)

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Anoniem146
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ferdinand P, General Manager at The Villa Kensington, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Dear Guest,
I must agree with you, some of our bathrooms are quite small. On the other hand some of our rooms, particularly the triple rooms, are the largest I have personally seen in many hotels in central London. As you have rightly pointed out, being almost an historical building, there is only so much you could structurally.... I am glad you liked our location. I hope you did appreciate our very competitive rates too. Best Regards. Ferdinand. GM
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

409 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    100
    204
    76
    20
    9
See reviews for
115
94
66
38
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (77)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2013

I booked a single room for 26 October, and it was probably one of the most reasonably priced in Kensington - £130. Yes it's overpriced but it's one of the priciest areas of the city. The staff were really pleasant and my room, although knee-knockingly small, was what I needed. Spotlessly clean, modern tiny bathroom with decent shower and a small flatscreen. Breakfast was nice enough - a man nearby congratulated the chef on the best cooked breakfast he'd had in years! there were plenty of pastries, toast, cereals, fruit, yogurt etc. The only thing I'd watch out for is that I asked reception to order me a taxi. A very posh car arrived and charged me £10 for a two minute drive and had to ask me for a map and postcode for where I was going. There are plenty of black cabs milling about outside - so just get one of them - quicker and a cheaper!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank goatnanny
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ferdinand P, General Manager at The Villa Kensington, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for leaving these comments. Our aim is to keep delivering good service and great value to our customers. Check out our rates in January and February. Just amazing....
Best regards. Ferdinand. GM
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Norwich
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2013

We had just a one night Saturday stay here. All fine with room, bit of a strange layout though with hving to go through the breakfst room to some of the bedrooms. Breakfast had plenty of choice but most importantly the lady on reception couldnt have been more helpful.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Melgarus
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ferdinand P, General Manager at The Villa Kensington, responded to this review, 30 October 2013
Dear Guest,
My whole team joins me to thank you for staying with us. Best regards. Ferdinand. GM
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
North Wildwood, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
451 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2013

Great location near the Tube and restaurants. Rooms were spotless and the staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast was more than adequate: hard boiled eggs, pastries, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit and juices. Rooms were expensive, but it was London in the summer, so not surprising. Overall, very good. The only problem was that the sink near the toilet smelled terribly foul - like sewer gas. I speculate the reason was that the sink did not have a vapor trap (see photo).

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank movieglue
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ferdinand P, General Manager at The Villa Kensington, responded to this review, 30 October 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for taking the time to leave these nice comments. We are looking into the issue you mentioned. By the time you will be visiting us again, I am confident that it will have been resolved. Best regards. Ferdinand. GM
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Brisbane, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2013

Great location close to tube friendly service very helpful with advise good breakfast and friendly staff Room really nice and good size and very nice bathroom which is hard to get in London I would definitely book with them again and I did book it through Tripadvisor



Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
Helpful?
1 Thank marilynd641
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ferdinand P, General Manager at The Villa Kensington, responded to this review, 30 October 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for your nice comments. We are looking forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards. Ferdinand. GM
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Keith, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2013

Close to Gloucester tube station and lots of shops nearby like Tesco and waitrose and restaurants to eat nearby. Within walking distance to the Natural History Museum and Victoria and Albert, Continental breakfast which was plentiful and was something for everyone,but full english available for £5.50. Can not understand some of the bad reviews, I guess some people just like to moan. Staff were very friendly and always spoke to you when you arrived or left ,unlike other hotels where the receptionist are rude and unapproachable.
Was able to check in early and leave my luggage all day and come back for it,in the evening for the sleeper train. They phoned a taxi to take me to Euston . very nice would stay again if in London

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Helen1964
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ferdinand P, General Manager at The Villa Kensington, responded to this review, 14 October 2013
Dear Guest,
All members of my team and I, really appreciate your nice comments. Thank you very much for choosing to stay with us. Best regard. Ferdinand. GM
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Oslo, Norway
Level 6 Contributor
78 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2013

The hotel is just located 2-5 min from station Gloucester Road. It's great location in Kensingtons, close to Natural History Museum, Imperial College London, 15 min walk to Hyde Parks. A lot of taxi around, good restaurants, bars, places you can change money, Tesco opened long hours, pharmacy. The staff was very welcoming, assist you in all matters. I came for a half marathon run, and forgot to take the ADAPTOR (hotel don't provide one - actually they have some but not enough for all guests), but the staff at the reception went a mile along and let me use their own Apple charger. It saved my run, because I can't run w/o my mileage keeper and music. The breakfast hours are quite early 08.00 to 09.30 on weekdays and 08.00 to 10.00 on Saturdays/Sundays. I did not get to have breakfast as I woke up too early the first day to run, and the second day it was Monday, and I thought it was still till 10.00, so when I came at 09.40 - the friendly staff in the dinner room give some hot beverage and some snacks - so it was great! Otherwise it's quiet area, so it's possible to get some good sleep, also mattress was good quality. There is no shower gel, only one set of shampoo and conditioner. The towels and sheets were of average cleanliness. There is a TV, hairdryer and safe in the room. It was nice that in the bathroom they did not have as usual in UK separate cold and warm water. I lived on the 4th floor, so also had a nice view from the window. Otherwise it's very small room, London style

Room Tip: not next to elevator, and higher better view.
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank yulcya
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ferdinand P, General Manager at The Villa Kensington, responded to this review, 14 October 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for such nice comments. Kindest regards. Ferdinand. GM
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these London hotels
South Kensington
Montana Hotel
Montana Hotel
#398 of 1,068 in London
776 reviews
South Kensington
London Lodge Hotel
London Lodge Hotel
#298 of 1,068 in London
676 reviews
South Kensington
Henley House Hotel
Henley House Hotel
#292 of 1,068 in London
516 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
South Kensington
Park International Hotel
Park International Hotel
#348 of 1,068 in London
2,058 reviews
South Kensington
Ashburn Hotel
Ashburn Hotel
#171 of 1,068 in London
950 reviews
South Kensington
Eden Plaza Kensington
Eden Plaza Kensington
#658 of 1,068 in London
824 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to The Villa Kensington? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Villa Kensington

Property: The Villa Kensington
Address: 10 - 11 Ashburn Gardens, London SW7 4DG, England (Formerly Abcone Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > South Kensington , Earls Court
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #493 of 1,068 Hotels in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Villa Kensington 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Odigeo, Ebookers, Priceline, Hotels.com, LateRooms, HotelsClick, HotelQuickly, Evoline ltd and Cancelon so you can book your The Villa Kensington reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Abcone Hotel London

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing