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Presidential Apartments Kensington
Ranked #81 of 837 Specialty Lodging in London
Hong Kong, China
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“Very convenient, quiet, stylish studios, would recommend to friends”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

I stayed here for 3 nights at the end of Sept on a business trip. I took a studio for around 140 GBP a night (w/o breakfast) which was better value than the other options nearby. I chose this style of acc. over a hotel because I was going to spend a lot of time working from the room and here I would have space and amenities such as fridge, microwave etc.

I actually stayed in 2 different apartments during my stay (reason below) and I can say both were very stylishly decorated, looked relatively newly decorated, everything in working order and very clean. They aren't very big by European standards, but coming from Hong Kong they are bigger than average here.

I only had one issue during my stay and this was the darkness of my first room. It was located 2 floors below ground level. Whilst the room had patio doors, they faced a very high wall which extended up to the ground level and therefore let in practically no natural light.
As I'd arrived on long haul, was jet lagged and was going to be working during the day this was not ideal, so I requested a room change to which the reception staff were understanding. The next day they moved me up one floor to the basement level to a room with a large window next to the lift. At first I was worried about lift noise (old building = thin walls) but there was practically none.

The beds are two singles attached together but still very comfortable and I slept very well not noticing the join.

The location is great, the hotel is really close to the Tube and Earls Court Road with all its amenities. M&S food store at the end of the street. Lots of pubs restaurants etc also nearby. If you want somewhere cool and quirky to eat/drink try the nearby Speakeasy, Evans and Peel - Booking is compulsory, its a very underground trendy restaurant/bar.

I would stay here again and recommend it to friends/family.

Room Tip: Avoid the basement's basement rooms if you like natural light - they are very dark.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Florence, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

This appartements are very nice in silent street but with all around you find supermarket, bus stop, underground station (Earl's Court 2 minutes by foot) and how many restaurant, pub and fast food.
The studio is clearing and confortable with all necessary also for cooking here. Our studio was very new
The brekfast is taking in room every day and 2 times is arriving very late about the time expected giving us some discomfort.
It's important know that the clearing room start from the hour you arrive.
From Heathrow Airport there 's undeground directly (line blue Piccadilly).
The price is not cheapest but for standard London is normally.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Breda, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

I stayed in one of the standard patio apartments. It was located in the basement (stairs only), but since one of the staff offered to carry my bag I did not mind. Moreover, since it had a small pation there was more than enough natural light. The room was very well furnished, having a kitchen (not just a microwave) is really handy. It came equiped with a full size fridge and freezer, washer.dryer, small dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, and all cutlery, crockery and pots and pans you would need to make a simple meal. The room was on the small side, especially if there is two of you staying (bed was located in the corner) but definitely big enough for just me. The bed and shower were exelent. It took a bit of time to get aquainted with all of the light switches and temperature controls but managed to get them all working the way I wanted. The only minot issue with the room is that you could not turn the TV to watch it properly from the bed, but if that is all one can complain about.......
The staff tries to be helpful (every night housekeeping checks whether you need anything......), but cannot provide something you ask for, i.e. a teatowel, as I did not want to use the dishwaser for just a plate and a cup......

Room Tip: If you book as a couple try to find out the exact size of the room. I stayed in room A2 and it might...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

Really nice small appartmenst each one is different, you can have an small living room a terrace. It is Victorian building reformed into small apparments.

Toillets are sometimes to small.

Internet work perfectly.

they put you plenty of magazines, tees

Staff is great

Area around is great

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed in the recommended basement apartment and it was if we were living in a fishbowl. Passersby look in constantly from above, and it is easy to do so. There is someone emptying garbage or something right outside the window. The walls are paper thin, so you can hear things all day and night, and I am assuming, they can hear you too. Getting a cab took longer than if you were at a larger hotel, but it we did stay there during the Olympics. The bed wasn't a king, but rather two doubles slapped together that slipped apart if you moved at all. The creakiness of the mattresses made one wonder exactly what lay beneath the sheets and covers. So, yes, it is a functional room, and yes there is someone at reception, but if you value your privacy at all, do not stay here.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012 via mobile

I booked this apartment at a heavily discounted rate, even so I found the rooms to be nice but in need of refurbishment; cracked tiles, stripped wood, windows don't lock etc. The air conditioning was also poor and the check in process was very slow! Overall the apartments are nice, an in a convenient location but for the price I would recommend elsewhere!

  • Stayed August 2012
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

Visited London recently and stayed at the Presidential apartments, Kensington, Deluxe studio apartment 2nd floor, from June 10th to 16th 2012. The place is located near the Earl's Court tube station in a posh quiet neighbourhood. The apartment is well attended by pleasant people at the reception round the clock. The apartments are looked after just like a star hotel, with bed making, toileteries and breakfast (if you opt for). Its neat clean, well equipped kitchen, nice comfortable beds, wifi and all you can ask for. Kensington being in central London is easily accesible for sightseeing all the tourist attractions in London. I would strongly reccomend this place although the tariff is a bit steep.

Room Tip: Stay in ground floor or above apartments. The basement ones are cheap but stifling.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Presidential Apartments Kensington
Address: 6-12 Barkston Gardens | Kensington, London SW5 0EN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > South Kensington , Earls Court
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #81 of 837 Specialty Lodging in London
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Hotel Class:4 star — Presidential Apartments Kensington 4*
Number of rooms: 58
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