I missed my Gatwick flight was was in a pinch about where to spend the night while I waited for the next flight. My cabby suggested The Kensington Hotel. I'm so glad he did. I checked into the hotel with no reservation - was given a competitive rate - and immediate assistance re-booking my missed flight. The staff were delightful and very helpful. They suggested I visit Victoria & Albert Museum ... and then get a manicure around the corner from the hotel ... and make it back in time for tea. I felt like I was dealing with family members.
My room was elegant and airy and big - and not overly designed and quirky. The bed was heavenly. The downstairs lobby area is what a London hotel should look like ... it has many seating areas where you can tuck in with a book by a fireplace, have a cup of tea and/or meet friends. It's filled with art and crystal and big furniture - and it's all newly up-dated - but again, it isn't quirky, edgy or precious. Anyone will feel comfortable there ... including a single woman traveler who is stranded overnight. It is the perfect London experience! My only complaint is that there was little or no information about a hotel pool ... or any of the gym facilities. Also, there was no information about check-out times in the room ... but really, I think I'm just reaching for something to critique here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly located in leafy South Kensington and just moments from Knightsbridge, Hyde Park and Sloane Square, The Kensington offers 150 unique and stylish guestrooms and suites. London's largest townhouse suite (approx 2,000 sq ft), roll top baths and four-poster beds are truly befitting of this Regency quarter. The Town House bar & restaurant and a magnificent lounge area comprised of period drawing rooms offer a traditional but contemporary setting for afternoon tea, lunch or evening dinners. Our guestrooms are individually decorated in an elegant townhouse style, using sumptuous fabrics, deep upholstery and an eclectic mix of contemporary art and furnishings. The atmosphere is relaxed throughout, with the engaging and innovative service creating the ambiance of a smart private members club. All rooms include flat screen TVs, air conditioning, luxurious Aromatherapy Associates bathroom products, Nespresso coffee machines and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Doyle Collection, Orbitz, Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Ctrip TA, Booking.com, Cheap Tickets, Priceline, Agoda, TripOnline SA, Cancelon, Hotwire, getaroom.com, HotelQuickly and Evoline ltd so you can book your The Kensington reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Kensington Hotel London
- The Kensington London, England