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“Not a Swedish pop group in sight” 4 of 5 stars
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The Queen's Gate Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   31 - 34 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5JA, England (Formerly Abba Queen's Gate Hotel) (South Kensington)   |  
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Ranked #385 of 1,050 Hotels in London
Cirencester
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Not a Swedish pop group in sight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The Abba, Queen's Gate is run very efficiently by a Spanish chain. It's in an elegant part of Kensington fairly near the Albert Hall and the major museums. The hotel is part of what must have been a rather grand house. It has been skilfully converted to provide comfortable rooms and public areas. The restaurant is tastefully furnished in black and white (as is the rest of the hotel) and is rather small. The breakfast room on the lower ground floor is windowless but cheerfully decorated in grey and red and we found it rather pleasant. The breakfast itself was very acceptable.

Our room was on the fifth floor and was quiet, a little cramped but well equipped. However it did have a rotten window frame and the bath plug didn't work.

A further downside is that wifi has to be paid for separately.

The staff were all attentive, pleasant and helpful. Not surprisingly a number of Spanish people use this hotel.

The hotel is situated a fair walk from both Underground stations and bus stops.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet one.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Leicester
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

I noticed that lots of previous reviewers of this hotel stayed in a triple room - maybe that's because it's one of the few hotels in London where you can actually manage to find a room with three single beds. So, lots of brownie points for that alone. We were very pleased with the room too - contemporary decor, spotlessly clean,very comfy beds, nice bathroom with plenty of toiletries and a decent hairdryer and excellent bedside reading lights. The only niggles were a floppy showerhead, a bit of traffic noise and disturbance from above due to the wooden floors and biscuits with the tea/coffee facilities would have been nice for the price. The buffet breakfast was extensive and included freshly squeezed orange juice, home-made yoghurt and granola pots and some spanish touches like tortilla and churros (it's a Spanish chain) as well as all the other usual hot and cold offerings.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chester, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

This is a bracket up from your average hotel and has a great location. The room (upgraded for free) was of contemporary decor with a very large comfy bed and high ornate ceilings plus the usual touches, it did feel slightly lacking in the cosiness factor and a rug/picture on the wall would have made a good difference. That said, it did the job well.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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scotland
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Fully refurbished, all new and stylish but I would not call it luxury. Standard rooms are quite small but nice and cleaned, staff is very helpful and when in need I was promptly helped. Breakfast has everything that you normally find in all hotels of this category plus some nice "touches" such as a freshly squeezed orange juice. Central location within easy reach from underground station.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amman, Jordan
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Generally I had a good experience at the Abba Queen's Gate Hotel. The staff were friendly and always ready to help. I had to change my room, since it was really cold, 104. However, my new room was much better and much warmer. The cupboard at least had shelves, which my previous room didn't have! The breakfast had a variety of basic choices, but the restaurant was rather stuffy and below ground. It was a good experience.

Room Tip: Don't choose 104 in winter time!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

We picked this hotel to be in Kensington. At first we were skeptical of the area. However, it turned out to be great. The tube was five minutes away, the area was well-healed. There were lovely restaurants and pubs for those rainy nights you were just too tired from the days sightseeing to go far again. There was s post office to change money right there too. Our room was very large by European standards and our three adult children stayed in a triple that was huge too!Everyone was helpful and we good walk to many parks and museums. All in all a great choice!

Room Tip: Try for a window, a bit noisier but you get a feel for the city, otherwise ask for quiet!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Trondheim, Norway
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22 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

I had a great stay at Abba Queen's gate. The hotel was easy to find with the Trip Advisor City Guide App. The location was great for my purpose, only a 5 min walk from Exibition Rd.

Harrods was within walking distance, and so was a lot of nice cafes and restaurants. The breakfast could have been better, but they served good food from the bar.

I would stay there again..

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Queen's Gate Hotel

Address: 31 - 34 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5JA, England (Formerly Abba Queen's Gate Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > South Kensington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#256 Luxury Hotel in London
#308 Business Hotel in London
#327 Romantic Hotel in London
#396 Family Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Queen's Gate Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This elegant 19th-century town house is about 500 metres from Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park. It features a small gym, spacious bedrooms, and a bar with patio for snacks and tapas. Stylish bedrooms at the refurbished Abba Queens Gate have air conditioning, large windows, and a mini-bar. Each has a chic design, with a wooden floor and LCD TV. Set on a pleasant London street, Abba Queens Gate London Hotel is about 8 minutes' walk from Gloucester Road Tube Station. The Natural History Museum is about 350 metres away, and the V&A Museum is an extra few minutes' walk down Cromwell Road. Harrods department store and the designer shops at Knightsbridge are 15 - 20 minutes' walk away. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Abba Queens Gate London
Hotel Abba Queens Gate
Abba Hotel London
Abba Queens Gate Hotel London
The Queen's Gate Hotel London, England

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