As a Platinum Starwood Preferred Guest member, I have pretty much stayed at the St. Regis, Sheraton or Le Meridien while in London. On this trip, I wanted to stay in the Kensington area and upon reviews, especially those on TA, made the choice to book the Ampersand.
Although the location proved to be ideal in so many aspects (tube really close, great restaurants close by, etc), the service there is what sets it apart from the others. From the bell hops to the front desk, room attendants and restaurant staff, they were all top notch. It remained that way throughout our whole stay. Helpful, friendly with smiles and all, I can say that the service there rivals that of the St Regis. It was as I say, comfortable, cozy and professional, all which made for a great service experience.
Now for the facility. Very good on all aspects. Charming decor and although a boutique unit, the space had a better than expected layout and volume than what one would expect in this type of unit. Very good and appropriate balance would best describe it. Clean and orderly is also obvious here. My room was a bit on the small side but as I asked for a room away from the street and lifts, it was appropriate. Very clean and comfortable with a cool, chic design with subtleties. The Ampersand rubber ducky along with high end toiletries were very nice touches.
As prices for accommodations are, as we all know, steep in London, it is somewhat difficult to ascribe value here. Being a SPG Platinum member comes with great perks and I usually stay within the program's stable of choices. Now with my experience at the Ampersand, when I return to London, It may be very likely that it will be my first choice. All in all and referencing the above, I guess I must use the word "great" in describing the value one would receive if staying at the Ampersand.
- 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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