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The Kensington
Ranked #30 of 1,078 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 15, 2010

We stayed at The Kensington Hotel for our wedding night and although the whole experience was not cheap, it certainly made for a really special and glamorous stay. We managed to book a 3 nights for the price of 2 deal in a suite which is a beautiful large room. Even this was expensive so we would not have been able to afford it at full price. However, we had a fantastic time. We had a room on the first floor which was beautiful with a four poster bed & floor to ceiling windows all round. The room and the rest of the hotel was beautifully decorated and feels incredibly luxurious. The separate bathroom was big & had a free standing bath with a flat screen tv at one end so you could watch tv whilst in the bath - how decadent! It also had 2 sinks (1 each!), a separate shower & a separate toilet.

We were very well looked after in the hotel, the management put a complimentary plate of petit fours & a bottle of Moet in our room for after the ceremony which was so nice to come back to after our wedding day. We also invited a lot of our friends back to the hotel bar where we drank & partied until 1am. Some of our friends were a wee bit drunk by then and getting a bit loud but the hotel were very understanding and just looked after us. (probably because we were spending so much on alcohol!)

Breakfast was good and big - you can either have it in your room or in the restaurant, we did both and they were equally as good. Its also a great location with the Kings Road nearby and walking distance to Hyde Park and all the museums (V&A, natural history & science) at South kensington.

The only downside was that there is some traffic noise in the rooms as its on a main road so bring your ear plugs just in case!

All in all we had a lovely stay and would recommend this hotel for a special occasion - if you can afford it that is!!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 24, 2010

Stayed here one night recently whilst attending a get together in nearby Hammersmith. This place is fantastic, they've done an amazing job refurbishing the entire hotel and coupled with the charming service this really is the only place to stay for me when in London. Breakfast is great and then there's so much to do on your doorstep, can't recommend the place highly enough. Will be back again and again!!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2010

Spent one week here and its got all the mod cons. Rooms are great and bathrooms are very well designed. There was a slight noise upstairs from another room but apart from that the stay was excellent. Restaurant in the morning was not busy and the service was attentive. Nice foyer and meeting area where you can conduct meetings and there is a free internet computer with printer available just outside the lifts. Taxis out the front in the morning and great restaurants and pubs near by. Free internet in room made it very easy to get on web...

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 18, 2010

We stayed at the wonderful Kensington Hotel for 5 nights recently with our two young daughters (6 & 8) and had an incredible experience - the staff went out of their way to ensure our stay was comfortable and easy. The rooms are spacious and well designed, and the bathrooms with their heated floor tiles and huge walk in showers were a great surprise. Even the shampoo and soap was top-level.

The lobby and lounge areas are very well designed, filled with comfortable furniture and a warm fire in the fireplace - very cozy for tea on a rainy afternoon. Food in the restaurant was quite good, and service was quick and easy. The kids particularly liked the breakfast bar, complete with cereals, fruits, pastries and more.

When we ventured out for sightseeing, the doorman always found us a cab with a smile and even handed us a loaner umbrella when needed. Plus, the hotel is located very close to museums, parks, pubs, restaurants, cool neighborhood shopping and of course the So. Kensington tube station.

We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 17, 2010

We have just returned from the wonderful Kensington Hotel. From the moment we arrived with a warm welcome from Alex and Adam to our departure it was such a pleasant experience. The family room that we had was luxurious, nice touches like the turn down service with little chocolates in the room were greatly appreciated. We had a beautiful meal in the restaurant and our two children aged 7 and 10 were also well catered for.
The location is quiet and just a few minutes walk to the underground!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 17, 2010

We stayed in January and were very impressed by this property. The Hotel has been fully refurbished and offers good sized rooms in a great location. The rooms are very well appointed, be mindful of the view as some of the rooms do not face the very elegant street at the front of the Hotel. Breakfast is a mixture of Buffet & table service, which is good with a varied selection of products. The staff are friendly and helpful especially the Concierge. South Kensington Tube station is a 5 min walk from the Hotel and there are many local restaurants in the locality.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Robert W
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Reviewed February 13, 2010

great Hotel - rooms are average size for London, but well appointed all the same. Had a deluxe with nespresso Coffee machine which is a nice touch. Staff are excellent from the moment they open your taxi door. Good breakfast

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled on business
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Additional Information about The Kensington

Address: 109 - 113 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5LP, England
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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:
#20 Business Hotel in London
#23 Family Hotel in London
#30 Luxury Hotel in London
#50 Romantic Hotel in London
Price Range: $232 - $462 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Kensington 5*
Number of rooms: 150
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 
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