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“Wonderful Stay” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Kensington

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The Kensington
Ranked #37 of 1,086 Hotels in London
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tomwood09
2 reviews
“Wonderful Stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2010

Stayed here in February and we were highly impressed. Wonderful decor, very friendly and informative staff. Very close to Earls Court and easy access to all major sites and places of interest. A little on the expensive side but worth it for a short stay (and a birthday treat!)

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2010

My husband travels to London often and stays at The Kensington Hotel (as a matter of fact, there now!). Our kids (ages 8 & 10) and I accompanied him in January, attaching vacation time to his business trip. This hotel is in a great location, walking distance to Earl's Court subway station and walking distance to several museums (free entrance to London museums!)
The spacious room we stayed at had 2 comfortable queen sized beds, a sofa, tv, desk, closet, & small table in the middle of the room -- try to fit all that in any other standard hotel room. The bathroom area had a double sink, toilet, tub and a separate glass-enclosed shower area.
The breakfast that was included in the room was delicious -- a selection of cold foods/hot foods/pastries...even made-to-order eggs & waffles, a kid-favorite. Drinks were also plentiful: selection of juices/teas/coffees and even smoothies. We got our fill and began to walk the city.
The hotel was not cheap; we usually stay in less expensive hotels but decided to splurge and not move hotels since my husband was going to be working for a portion of the time we were there. We're glad we stayed in the hotel; there were a lot of restaurants of all price ranges to walk to from the hotel. We would stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wexford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2010

From check-in to check-out, our stay was superb.
I travelled with my 4 friends for a girls weekend and all of us thoroughly enjoyed it. We had two lovely rooms with comfy beds, and they were quiet spacious too which was a bonus! Breakfast definitely deserves a mention as it was delicious, a great choice to choose from and the fresh smoothies were a nice treat.
I would like to express a big thank you to the staff, we felt very much looked after in every way. I would definitely return to the Kensington Hotel, with easy access to the South kensington tube station with it being just around the corner, It's the perfect location!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2010

I have been meaning to write this review for a long time, however, the habit is for people to rage against things they don't like and not rave about things they do. I plan to correct that.

I stayed in this hotel on the night of my wedding. We were warmly greeted by the front desk staff and offered champagne. We had themost wonderful glass of champagne and the tastiest brownies i think i have ever eaten. The room was extremely comfortable, the bathroom excuisite. For us the breakfast was a little pricey, but i would imagine it's standard for quality-London hotels. The warm fire in the winter was extremely welcome indeed.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wexford
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: 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
#33 Family Hotel in London
#37 Luxury Hotel in London
#50 Romantic Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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