I recently enjoyed a wonderful stay at the Ampersand Hotel after becoming an SLH Club Member, which gets you a free upgrade. The rooms were well clean and well appointed with each level of room featuring a specific theme pulled through in all the decor (e.g. paintings + bedside table book). The bathroom was wonderful, with a great shower and those luxuries you wish you had at home, like a heated floor and mirror. The service was excellent and no detail missed (e.g. slippers on a mat by the bed), and the restaurant looked delicious, though I did not try it. However, the smallest two room types are rather tiny; although typical for London, it can make it feel difficult to settle in. I recommend booking a deluxe room (or whatever the second rate level is) after joining the SLH club and getting an upgrade to the Superior room.
The location right by the South Kensington tube is convenient for the museums and shopping in Knightsbridge, as well as for getting around, but may make the hotel less useful for work travelers. In addition, the immediate area isn't the most lovely, though a few blocks in either direction do put you in a rather posh part of town.
- 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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