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“Tired but comfy”

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The Gainsborough Hotel
Ranked #830 of 1,073 Hotels in London
Reviewed March 26, 2013

This hotel is in a perfect location for touring London. Was very worried after reading some bad reviews but for the price we paid (£89 for a twin room) in this location we couldn't complain. Yes, the rooms and en suites are a little tired, but ours was spotless and the beds were very comfortable. To be honest I could have done with another blanket as it was snowing while we visited and I was a little cold, but I could have asked for one if I was that bothered!
Our room was an average size, with a small en suite and faced the back of the hotel so didn't have a view, but since we only wanted to crash for the night this didn't matter as we spent very little time there.
If you want luxury, this isn't it. However, if you want a clean and comfy room in a perfect location then this hotel is ideal.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Good value for location (twin room £89 for 1 night) right next to Royal Albert Hall. Room clean and beds were really comfy. No tea or coffee making facilities and no iron were the only let down. Breakfast wasn't included but was £10 (we went to Chelsea Kitchen instead for a lovely 5er brekkaz). Staff also very friendly. Will definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Was originally happily surprised by the hotel. The room wasn't as small as I had pictured after reading the other reviews and the bed was comfy enough. However the shower was a joke and impossible to use. The main negative issue though was I left my brand new hair straighteners in the room and rang later on to ask about them and of course they weren't there. I know I am probably naive to expect honesty in this day and age but normally four star hotels have staff trained to a higher standard. I have left stuff behind in better hotels and been lucky enough to have it returned.The staff I did encounter were polite and friendly however.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

This is not a good hotel, just look at the photos i have posted!
The single room was tiny, there was no bedside table so you had to get up to switch the lamp on and off, portable air conditioning unit that had the extracting 'pipe' stuck through a window! And was so loud when it was on you could not hear yourself think.
Curtains from the 1980's, this room needs a re furb.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Fabulous position and first impression good. However, the beds were so rock hard we didn't get much sleep and struggled with our bodies aches and pains the following day! Ordered a glass of wine as a nightcap after a great day out only to be served up charged for a bottle before being told wine by the glass not available! Very grumpy and unaccommodating barman! Receptionist not the most welcoming!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

The location of The Gainsborough Hotel is really unbeatable: located only 2 blocks away from the South Kensington Tube Station (Piccadilly Line), only 45 minutes (by tube) from London Heathrow, and 10 minutes from Piccadilly Circus. The hotel staff is really good, friendly and helpful; I do not agree with another customers, saying that is a big inconvenience the foreign staff; my wife and I did not find any difficulties with this. The hotel is like a Victorian one; this means that has all the history inside, but it is certainly NOT a 4-star Hotel! The rooms are extremely small; the bathroom was like a refrigerator... Absolutely cold inside! For some reason, they've placed an extra heater inside the room, as the central heating does not work properly, and we did not have a chance to modify the temperature... The room did have an air-con (heat and cold), but this was not enough for the freezing temperatures outside. The bathroom was 1,5 by 2 meters... It is nearly impossible to take a shower without needing to take part of the body out, if you want to wash your legs, for example... I'll add some pictures of the Hotel, including room, stairs, bathroom, lobby and reception.

Room Tip: Ask for the executive rooms or suites, street view; DO NOT ask for the standard rooms! It is a VERY...
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

I needed a room for the night near to the Science Museum and picked the Gainsborough because of its proximity to the venue. Having paid £69.00 for a single room (normally approx £140.00) i imagined it would be of very good quality. Whilst the hotel itself was very clean, smart and the night staff I met was very polite, when I got to my room, I was expecting a bit more than the shoebox I was presented with!! The bed was comfortable but VERY soft and as for the TV (it must have been installed in the 1980's) and the tiny en-suite was just that ....... TINY and could have done with a bit of an update. A bed was very welcome after working 16 hours overnight and I guess I could've slept on the sofa in Reception but I was expecting a much nicer room considering the area. It seems that as its near to the tourist spots they can charge what they want. I wont be staying there again.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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Address: 7-11 Queensberry Place | South Kensington, London SW7 2DW, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > South Kensington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#398 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range: $126 - $248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Gainsborough Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imagine an English country home magically whisked to the most exclusive London borough, and you have The Gainsborough. Named after the celebrated artist, The Gainsborough combines the attractive style of bygone days with an easy informality. To stay here is to enjoy London of fashionable South Kensington, Harrods, the restaurants and antique markets, pubs and delightful backwaters of Chelsea and Knightsbridge. You are at the heart of the capital's culture too with great museums - Science, Natural History, the Victoria & Albert - nearby; and for music lovers, the glorious Royal Albert Hall is just minutes away. The well-stocked lounge bar is the spot for a leisurely drink or a snack from the light menu. With 24-hour room service, butlers on immediate call and a reception ever ready to meet your needs, nothing is too much for our attentive staff. ... more   less 
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