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Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum
Ranked #492 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Reviewed December 22, 2005

I go to London quite frequently and I will only stay at the Holiday Inn Keningston Forum. I made the mistake of staying in other hotels. You get excellent value for money in a 4 star hotel. Gym facilities are fantastic as well as hotel amenities. It is very close to the tube for easy commuting access. I highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: October 2005, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 9, 2005

I stayed here for one night in December 2005 paying £86 a night having booked through the Priority Club website. I booked a standard room but got my upgrade to an executive room.

Other reviewers have mentioned that the rooms are small. I would agree that they are very compact, but fine for one person. My room was clean and well furnished, with a a comfortable 5ft bed. I was on the 5th floor (there are over 20 I believe). My only gripe about the room was that the hot water was not very hot.

My room had the usual exec features of the bathrobe and slippers and as a Priority Club Platinum member, my gift was a half bottle of wine, which was just what was needed after a hard day.

I didn't sample any of the food options but there are several outlets just around the hotel.

I would definitely look at staying here again if in the area and the rate was right. As usual, the Holiday Inn has done the basics very well. Comfy bed, large clean towels and a nicely furnished room.

  • Stayed: December 2005, traveled on business
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10  Thank PhantomHotelReviewer
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Reviewed December 5, 2005

Can you believe this!? I asked if I could have rice instead of noodles in the day's 'special' - and was refused! The reason? They were too busy (There were about 15 people in the restaurant...)
The cold tap in the basin in my bathroom was smeared with toothpaste which went all over your hands when you turned the tap on.
And why are we bombarded with requests to view pornography every time we turn on the television set? This hotel has many good features but needs to smarten up its act if it is to impress this traveller...

  • Stayed: November 2005, traveled on business
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2  Thank Richard M
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Reviewed November 29, 2005

Overall the trip was nice. The hotel was much better than the Thistle Victoria in which I stayed last time. I checked in early without a problem. The Gloucester road Tube is about 1 block away on the Picadilly, Circle and District lines. Very convienient to hop on the tube and head out. Cabs are usually waiting downstairs for you. Concierge was ok, though my first day the gentleman was not very helpful. And there is one blonde french girl who works the front desk who is to die for :) I'd definitely stay here again, as I frequent London quite often.

Stayed: November 2005
16  Thank k m
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Reviewed November 22, 2005

My wife and I stayed at the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum in September of 2004, and I found it to be an excellent value (unlike pretty much everything else in London). I think we paid something like $150 a night, which is pretty darn cheap for London nowadays. Our room was small by U.S. standards, but it had been recently refurbished (clean, modern, lots of blond wood) and the bathroom was quite nice. The location is fantastic--you're literally around the corner from the Tube station; there's a Sainsbury's supermarket right above the aforesaid Tube station (which has a hot foods counter that I wish we'd discovered earlier on in our trip--I'd much rather pay 2 pounds for some Sainsbury's chicken tikka than 10 pounds for a mediocre meal in one of London's many mediocre restaurants); and the neighborhood is stunningly beautiful (it's just down the road from the Natural History Museum and in the midst of what must be gazillion dollar homes/flats). If you can get a decent deal on the Kensington Forum, I'd certainly recommend it.

  • Stayed: September 2004
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Reviewed November 20, 2005

Just spent 7 nights at the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum. We have stayed here several times before. As the other comments point out, rooms are generally small, but the level of comfort is high as rooms are modern and rooms have been updated recently. We were upgraded to a suite, which provided a superior level of comfort and lots of room.

Another plus is its location - convenient to the tube, museums, shops, etc.

Although pricey by US standards, this hotel is moderately priced by Londond standards. We have paid more at other hotels for rooms that are shabby and uncomfortable and inconveniently located.

  • Stayed: November 2005
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12  Thank DGKalina
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Reviewed November 9, 2005

This was our second stay stay at this hotel based on it's location. It is very convienent to the Underground, restaurants, stores, etc. I would stay here again, but the rooms have become too small for our taste. Two things to note. You no longer need a room key to access the elevator and the business center does not open until 8:00am. If you're comfortable with tight quarters this would be a good choice for most anyone.

  • Stayed: November 2005
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum

Address: 97 Cromwell Road, London SW7 4DN, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > South Kensington , Earls Court
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#316 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range: $121 - $234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum 4*
Number of rooms: 906
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The perfect option for business or leisure the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum sets the standard for hotels in Kensington. Stroll to Gloucester Road Tube Station, your gateway to the sights of the city. Enjoy the hotel s close proximity to Harrod's, the Royal Albert Hall, Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres, the Natural History, Science and V&A Museums and Kensington Palace. As the tallest Holiday Inn Hotel in Europe, our 27-floor and 906 bedroom hotel offers modern bedrooms with stunning views of London from our higher floors. The hotel also offers a choice of suites and accessible rooms (one with hoist). All rooms are equipped with high speed Internet and Wi-Fi connectivity is available in the public areas. The hotel's carpark has 76 spaces and there is a 24-hour fitness room. Holiday Inn Kensington Forum offers its guests a choice of three restaurant and bars whether you want to relax with dinner, grab a quick snack or enjoy a pint of traditional British beer. The Academy offers 13 meeting and event rooms for up to 300 people, all with natural daylight, high-speed Internet and unlimited Starbucks tea and coffee. ... more   less 
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