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“Close to the Albert Hall” 4 of 5 bubbles
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John Howard Hotel
Ranked #813 of 1,089 Hotels in London
Yorkshire
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15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Close to the Albert Hall”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2011

Nice quiet hotel, very clean spacious rooms. Excellent location for Albert Hall.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank holidayuk2some
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Walsall, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2011

We stayed at this hotel twice. The first time we were on the top floor right outside the airconditioning which was very noisy. However, we were so tired from all the sightseeing, and the bed was so comfortable, we had a good night's sleep anyway.

The second time we stayed we were upgraded to a junior suite which was amazing. The room was large as was the bathroom. There were tea and coffee making facilities which after a long day was most welcome.

There was a large selection of hot and cold food for breakfast and the restaurant staff were freindly.

The location was excellent, very close to Hyde Park. There are two tube stations nearby. My advice would be to use the Gloucester Road Station rather than Kensington High Street. Its a quicker walk.

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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Natalie T
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Berkshire
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2011

Really enjoyed staying at this hotel. It was very clean and the rooms were a good size. Short walk from museums, park and tubes. Comfy massive bed and I thought it was a fairly quiet location for London (not much in the way of road noise...)

Would definitely stay there again. Good value for money :)

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Chicky80
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Germany
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40 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2011

Stayed here two nights, lovely room with lots of space, nice breakfast, good location for travelling to go sightseeing and right next to the Royal Albert Hall to stay overnight after a concert. Opposite the park for taking a walk on a sunny afternoon - I'd stay here again!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank EiramS
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Nice, France
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2011

We stayed at this hotel with my family (two kids 10 & 14) in the family room at the back (room E I think). This is quiet and isolated from the rest of the hotel and is very nice. The only issues were the plumbing and the creaking floorboards as mentioned in other reviews. This was only really a problem because for 4 out of 5 mornings we were there, we had a noisy family above who woke up at 6am and showered, causing significant noise as a result.

But the location is just perfect. The museums are literally just around the corner, the walk to the tube is very easy and accessible even with luggage (from Gloucester Road which is less than 10min walk). The neighbourhood is great with many nice restaurants and cafes in walking distance (both a few minutes and a little further off). Kensington Gardens is just across the street etc etc.

The hotel staff were polite and very helpful, and the rooms were clean and well kept. The price was reasonable for a family room in London at such a location.

With the exception of the plumbing and floorboard noise, our stay was great ! I definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank RivieraGuy
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Cape Town, South Africa
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125 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2011

Stayed here for 3 nights - primarily because of it's location to Royal Albert Hall (we had an incredible evening at Prom Praise on 2nd April). Have been to London a number of times but this was brilliant - gave us a different view of London entirely - Kensington to be exact. The spring bulbs and blossoms were a sight to behold.....

The hotel is classic, oldish but seemed in pretty good condition. We found nothing to complain about - our room was ready even though we arrived early in the morning, long before normal 2 pm check in time. It was a big room, facing the main street - but it was not noisy at all. The bed was a King size bed, and grand styling. Bathroom great and everything always clean. This was more than a home-from-home. We had the breakfast on 2 mornings - this was great and no complaints - other than we had to pay extra for this (not included in the price). We managed to book this on a 'special' paying GBP115 per night (for a double). The normal price was about GBP149 - which would have been too much. Staff very pleasant. The proximity to Kensington High street brilliant, walking distance, and also to Queen's Gate end of Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace (the Enchanted Princesses exhibition great), Hyde Park, St Pauls Onslow Square, Holy Trinity Brompton, Imperial Science museum and Natural History museum, etc.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank SeadogCapeTown
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Berlin
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2011

I got an apartment suite which was quite huge, 2 bedrooms, fully equiped kitchen, living room. Standard quality, nothing special, bathroom small and quite old. Style overall old-fashioined. My sleeping room was on the front, which was aweful loud in the night. Did not sleep well.

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank florianroellig
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Property: John Howard Hotel
Address: 4 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5EH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > South Kensington , Kensington and Hyde Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #813 of 1,089 Hotels in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — John Howard Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intimate Hotel offering tasteful appointments in renovated 1823 Victorian; multilingual staff; adjacent to Hyde Park. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Best Western London
London Best Western
John Howard Hotel London, England

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