Booked for one night only to be near The Royal Albert hall for a concert.
Hotel is very charming and pretty, staff are very pleasant and helpful, location is truly superb.
The "queen" rooms (which are their lowest rate "standard" rooms) are small... and i mean very small. you have to squeeze past the bed sideways to get to the window side of it. There are no chest of drawers and only one tiny cupboard. The bathroom is so small you couldnt swing a cat (or a mouse or a flea). I could touch both side walls at the same time easily (and i'm not a tall person with long arms). We were originally in room 110 (where the lock of the bathroom sticks out so you catch your clothes on it coming out which damaged my cardigan and my daughters trousers). When coming back from the concert we ended up changing rooms as room 110 is straight over the bar where there was very loud music. We could have had a disco in our room as the music was so loud (if there had been enough space however). The hotel didnt cause any problems with this (luckily there was a free room left) and that resolved the noise issue. The new room 311 (also a "queen") seemed to be slightly larger (at least we could get past the bed without turning sideways and shuffling) but the bathroom door didnt shut. however: since the bathroom was so small you could sit on the toilet and by straightening your leg you could block the door shut !!
during the room transfer a group of us were stuck in the lift... going from floor to floor without the door managing to open... our fellow travellers in this said they had had the same the previous day as well.... a bit scary as the lift is very small and i'm slightly claustrophobic
We used the bar downstairs which is wonderful and full of character (though they could do with some more decent chairs) and the food we had there was great. After the concert we used the restaurant which was actually a disappointment. Fancy menu which didnt deliver on taste and you had to pay extra for vegetables etc.... portion sizes were small...
All in all? quaint and charming, brilliant location, queen rooms ONLY to be used for short stays!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The renovation at The Gore are completed! We invite you to come (or come back) to experience our newly renovated luxury boutique hotel in the heart of South Kensington! Established in 1892, The Gore – Starhotels Collezione oozes history from every pore, with a story to tell from every room. The 50 lavishly-appointed bedrooms range from Classic and Superior rooms through Deluxe Doubles and Junior Suites to the signature Tudor Room. All are individually furnished with hand-picked pieces, period pictures and ornate feature beds. The food at The Gore comes under the guiding hand of dynamic French Michelin starred Chef Daniel Galmiche, whose classic British cuisine is delivered with a contemporary French twist and a rustic charm. The Bar 190, best known as the location for the launch and photoshoot for The Rolling Stones’ 1968 album Beggars Banquet, plays host to an extensive range of spirits, with notably large collections of whiskies and rums. ... more less
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