Another week, another business trip and due to spiralling hotel prices yet again I was forced to try somewhere new in London. You know me...I hate 'new' places. Such a stress. Will there be nice decor? Will the room smell of old people? Will the bed be comfortable or will it be akin to sleeping on a broken bag of crabs? So with trepidation, and DOUBLE trepidation as this place was labeled a Best Western (and we know how random those can be) I booked this hotel for one night B&B.
The location is a totter up the road from Earl's Court Underground and the main road before you dash up Hogarth Road has everything you could need, from a Nandos, to a McDonalds (not for me thank you), to a Pret, a bank, a post office... fabulous. Hogarth Road has a few restaurants of varying budgets too, so you don't need to go far for food.
The hotel exterior was lovely. I do like a pair of nice clipped round bushes. Inside was all marble and an excess of Bell Boys. Check in was straightforward, although they would not allow me to check in without leaving a £30 excess on the room despite me assuring them I had NO intention of raiding the mini bar. Pfft! They had also given me a complimentary upgrade to an Executive Room, although it looked identical to the deluxe I had booked. Possibly the floor space was more?
So, the room. Gosh. Lovely. I had room 104. A decent size and tastefully decorated in muted browns, creams and neutrals. There was a flat screen TV on the wall that didn't require an extra 10 minutes just to work through the menu options to find the TV channels (thank GOD), a stocked mini bar, a microwave (I know! What a surprise?), tea and coffee making facilities with a cheeky 3 pack of custard creams, a cute light system that you select from 'zzz' to a natty maid sign, plus a bell. Any callers could press the bell and voila! A door bell. I KNOW!
The bathroom was compact with a walk in shower and no bath. The shower had two options, of a standard head and a square drench head. Toiletries were provided although one bottle was nearly empty and clearly had been missed by the maid.
My room faced the road and had a large window. Luckily they had black out curtains so no light forced my eyes open before I was ready to wake. Talking of sleep, oh sweet Lord, the bed was SO comfortable. I've slept on some evil beds in my time so this large King Sized bed was just perfect. It'd be the one Goldilocks would have picked as just right'. The pillows were amazing too. There was a rather naughty floor to ceiling mirror to the side of the bed. Good for...watching yourself sleep?
As is standard in hotels, there are no power sockets by the bed, so you have to plug in your phone at the wall across the room, unless you've been reading my reviews and now travel with a 6-socket extension lead as I do and have suggested you do? There were no bath robes either so best bring your own.
Breakfast was decent. The breakfast dining area was spacious and modern and there was a hot and cold buffet. Well, lukewarm buffet. But despite the tepid temperature, the scrambled eggs were lovely, and I also enjoyed the smoked salmon and cottage cheese. Tea was lovely too. I had two pots (greedy girl eh?).
So would I recommend this hotel? Yes, although don't all go booking it as I want to stay there again and no doubt you'll all be filling up the rooms. You totally forget this is a Best Western. Thats two I've stayed in now that have broken the mould. Well done Park Grand London Kensington!
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Premier Shaftsbury London Kensington Hotel London
- Shaftesbury Kensington Hotel London
- Shaftesbury Kensington London
- Park Grand London Kensington England