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Park Grand London Kensington
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   33-37 Hogarth Road | Kensington, London SW5 OQQ, England (Formerly BEST WESTERN PREMIER Park Grand London Kensington) (Earls Court)   |  
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“What a way to be welcomed to London...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We got lucky and because the Heathrow Best Western overbooked, we ended up getting upgraded to this location. Its literally 2 minutes away from Earl's Court tube station which means during the day time its alive and entertaining, and when its time to sleep its peacefully quiet. Top it all off with a very good English Breakfast and excellent service, and I can't imagine staying anywhere else next time we come.

The rooms are a bit of a tight fit, but what do you expect in London? The neighborhood is amazing, though things do shut down quite early for my tastes, around 9 or 10 pm. Everything is extremely clean though.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ASehgal, Front Office Manager at Park Grand London Kensington, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying at the Best Western Premier Park Grand London Kensington for your recent visit to London.

Thank you for the good comments about the facilities and location. We are indeed pleased to know that your stay was satisfactory and was comfortable too.

We hope this visit would be one of many and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Kind Regards

Miriam Alba
Reception Manager
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

I booked a single room here at short notice and pre paid online with booking.com. I was'nt expecting such a nice hotel so close to Earls Court tube station! The room I had was a small double ( although I had only pre paid the rate for a single room) on the 4th floor. The bed was very comfortable and I had a great night's sleep. The room was very modern with a large flat screen TV and a panel of sockets for HDMI ,USB etc. There was a nice modern kettle, microwave and small fridge.The bathroom did'nt have a bath but the Grohe shower was fine and easy to use.
I will definitely stay here again on my next trip to London. The standards are high enough for my husband. I'm half Australian but I gather that all the Aussie's who used to stay in Earls Court ( funnily called Kensington by Best Western Premier) now stay in Brixton!

Room Tip: Rooms on the top floor have a nice large window
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ASehgal, Front Office Manager at Park Grand London Kensington, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for choosing the Best Western Premier Park Grand London Kensington for your stay in London and thank you for taking the time to write a review.

I am very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and I am looking forward to welcoming you to the hotel again in the near future.

Kind regards,

Miriam Alba
Reception Manager
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rio de janeiro
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This hotel is situated in the neighborhood of Kensington.. Very clean which is important .. Very suitable for couples, Family, friends, The rooms are comfortable according to the price they offer. They have a fantastic breakfast in the morning and the reception including the managerf porters are very friendly and willing to help.
The Club rooms where we stayed is much bigger and the price was the same since we stayed over a week.Train station Earls Court is less than a mile away from the hotel and you may find restaurants along the main aveniue.
As to the rooms they were surprisingly adequate ands the bathroom was excelente. Very clean
daily. Stronlçy reommend this hotel who travel with a budget.

Room Tip: Club rooms are slightly bigger than the normal rooms. Telephone is 44(0)20 73706831 Air Conditioners...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ASehgal, Front Office Manager at Park Grand London Kensington, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying at the Best Western Premier Shaftesbury Kensington for your recent visit to London.

Thank you for the good comments about the rooms, facilities and location. We are indeed pleased to know that your stay was satisfactory and was comfortable too.

We hope this visit would be one of many and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Kind Regards

Miriam Alba
Reception Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Although the location is not salubrious, located in Earls Court, and lots of cheap room-rentals nearby, the hotel was a pleasant surprise. On arrival the staff were very helpful and attentive, the room in really good condition although a little on the small side. It was well equipped and the bathroom very good.

We did not try the restaurant but all overheard comments from other guests were positive.

It is a short walk (4mins) from the Earls Court High Street and underground.

The pricing was elevated (Wimbleton was on) but on comparison with others the tariffs were reasonable. Out of season I am sure it would represent good value for money.

This hotel is now on my "Places to stay" list if you are after "base" accommodation - ie a pleasant place to come back to after exploring London or attending to business.

Room Tip: Higher the better ads hey are quieter
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ASehgal, Front Office Manager at Park Grand London Kensington, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with regards to your recent stay at the Best Western Premier Park Grand London Kensington.

I was very happy to learn that you had a pleasant stay. I am looking forward to welcoming you to the hotel again in the near future.

Kind regards,

Miriam Alba
Reception Manager
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Park Grand for our anniversary and we weren't disappointed. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a Club room, which was bigger than the standard room. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was good. The location of this hotel is difficult to beat for the price. Earls Court underground is a two minute walk and Gloucester Road is about ten minutes. For £8 each per day, we could travel anywhere in zones 1-4 which contains most of what you will want to see in London. We will be back!

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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ASehgal, Front Office Manager at Park Grand London Kensington, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying at the Best Western Premier Shaftesbury Kensington for your recent visit to London.

Thank you for the good comments about the rooms and location. I was very happy to learn you had a pleasant stay and your comments with regards to our team are greatly appreciated.

We hope this visit would be one of many and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Kind Regards

Miriam Alba
Reception Manager
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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

It looks like a previous reviewer had a similar experience to us. Myself and a colleague booked 2 rooms late June, pre paid and confirmed.
Upon our arrival - we had flown from Australia, we were told that there was no hot water but they would transfer us to a sister hotel around the corner. The sister hotel was in fact the Best Western. Totally exhausted we felt we had no choice butto accept the rooms.
Both rooms were so tiny that I could not open my suitcase unless it was on the bed. There was no mini bar but my room did have a small bar fridge. Unfortunately it was that close to the bed you could not open it.
The shower - definitely no space for a bath- was so small that I had to remove the shower head and wash myself as you simply could not move once you had climbed up and into the tiny cubicle.
On our return visit to London a week later we stayed at the Crown Plaza, very similar room rate but OMG, polar opposites in regards to space, fit out, services etc....
Clearly this hotel group excepts all bookings regardless of capacities and then just shafts people around their other hotels that no one woul book in the first place.
It's ironic that you must give these places every contact detail about yourself upon booking yet no attempt is made to contact you in advance and let you know that they no longer have a room for you. I am sure they would be quick on the e mail or phone if you managed to leave without paying for a $3 orange juice.
Do Not Do It - book a hotel with a better reputation. There are no shortage of them in London

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Gourav G, Manager at Park Grand London Kensington, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing the Park Grand London Hyde Park for your recent visit to London.

We consider the guest feedback of paramount importance whether good or bad. I would like to apologies for the inconvenience caused to you during your stay.
It would be highly appreciated if you could contact me on housemanager.hydepark@shaftesburyhotels.com or you can call me on 0207 2624521 as per your earliest convenience so we can discuss this further.

Once again, kindly accept our sincere apologies

Thank you very much.

Yours Sincerely,
Gurdip Singh
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Melbourne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

The location is excellent with Earls Court Tube a few minutes away and the Tube service takes you to all the main London Attractions. There are also the 'Great' British pubs close at hand as well as other eating places and a good selection of shops for the weary traveler.

We initially were in one of the 'subterranean' rooms which was very small and only a double bed. The plumbing left a lot to be desired as the shower water was not draining away, we complained a few times and got moved to one of the upper floors. This room was excellent! Spacious, clean and comfortable. However towards the end of our stay again the shower was not draining properly and started to flood the bathroom. But as it was on our last day we were not to fussed.

It was evident the hotel has undergone an extensive renovation and with good quality appliances. But small things like the lack of the water draining away sort of is the only memory one takes away.

The concierge desk at reception did their best and are only to happy to oblige, but it gave the appearance of 'beginners at running a hotel'. There is a bar area, but it does not yet have any character.

But we had to book at short notice and we were lucky to get such a convenient hotel that was adequate for our needs. its a pity that at this stage the hotel has no 'character' but I'm sure that will happen over time.

All in all not a bad place to stay.

Room Tip: Get a room above ground!!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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ASehgal, Front Office Manager at Park Grand London Kensington, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying at Best Western Premier Park Grand London Kensington.

Your feedback is very important to us as it helps us understand what we are doing right and where we can improve to make sure all of our guests have a memorable stay with us.

We look forward to welcome back again

Best Regards

Miriam Alba
Reception Manager
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Address: 33-37 Hogarth Road | Kensington, London SW5 OQQ, England (Formerly BEST WESTERN PREMIER Park Grand London Kensington)
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Earls Court
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#106 Business Hotel in London
#120 Luxury Hotel in London
#148 Family Hotel in London
#153 Romantic Hotel in London
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Hotel Class:4 star — Park Grand London Kensington 4*
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