I arrived at 630am after a very long haul flight. The night staff were still on and they were absolutely fantastic. They'd prepared a room for me which I could check straight into, despite the fact that I was checking in several hours early. They were charming, funny and obviously worked together superbly as a team. I felt very welcome.
I was staying for one night only before travelling on for business so had booked a smaller double room (the astronomy theme). It was on the ground floor and so had no view, but this was not a problem for me. The bed, which I fell into as soon as I could, was very comfortable. The bathroom was compact but not squashed at all. The rainforest shower with additional handheld piece was lovely (don't laugh - showers are very important to me). Toiletries, robes and extras were high quality and all useful (every hotel should offer a loofah!). I confess, I took the rubber duckie from the shower since he was too cute. There was enough space for my giant suitcase and to move freely around the room, admittedly I was by myself. The workdesk had adaptors and powerpoints of all types.
The location is superb, very close to the South Kensington underground station (I travelled directly from Heathrow to there). For a flying visit it was very handy to Harrods, the V & A museum and all the things that make London a great place to visit (minus the traffic hassles). The staff offered me an umbrella for the slightly inclement weather.
I went to high tea, after sleeping through breakfast, and it was tasty and varied with lashings of fat and sugar as it should be. If you are on a diet, this is probably not the thing to do. The service was prompt and unobtrusive. I ended up having a good conversation to the waiter about life, as I am a fairly chatty type.
I would not hesitate to stay here again. If I had company or was staying for longer I would consider a bigger room. However the double was perfect for my needs at the time.
P.S. sorry night staff I was so jetlagged I forgot to tip any of you. Please don't think I'm cheap...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With some of the most stylish hotel rooms in Kensington, The Ampersand is a privately-owned luxury London hotel that combines contemporary excellence in design, service, food and technology in an 1888 building at the capital's heart. We have been inspired by those great Victorian values of discovery and wonder - and given them a modern, whimsical twist. The result: a cosmopolitan, 111-room luxury boutique hotel, bar, restaurant and drawing rooms, delivering 21st-century warmth, humour and total comfort.The Ampersand Hotel is situated just a minute's walk from South Kensington tube station, and is well connected to Heathrow airport. ... more less
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