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“Sophisticated Elegance in a Lovingly Restored & Maintained Hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Grange Strathmore Hotel
Ranked #503 of 1,089 Hotels in London
Manahawkin, New Jersey
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78 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Sophisticated Elegance in a Lovingly Restored & Maintained Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

My first visit to London in 2013 was accented by our delightful stay at this charming hotel in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. History abounds in this structure, once the London residence of the Earl of Strathmore. Now with 77 rooms and suites, the home is a traveler’s delight. Our room was actually large (for London), with 2 Twin beds and 1 Double. There were 2 of us, and we had requested 2 beds, and my guess is we may have been upgraded to a suite. The room featured a private bathroom with full shower/tub, HDTV mounted to the wall, gorgeous tall windows with exquisite window coverings, a work desk, in-room safe, tea maker, ample lighting with ambient settings, telephone, WiFi (for a fee) and sitting area with very comfortable loveseat.

Arrival was quick and efficient and I was directed to the “lift” for my room on the first floor. Like most newcomers to London, I quickly learned the first floor is that floor directly above the main floor. Historic status requires strict guidelines be adhered to, and so the elevator (lift) is the smallest I ever used. Basically enough room for 2 people with 1 or 2 bags. But this is London, and this is the joy of staying at a well maintained historic property. To that end, one morning I watched as a worker carefully removed and polished each brass rail on the lovely staircase from the main level to the first floor.

We stayed for a week (6 nights) and the location was extraordinary. Out the door, it’s a block to a main road where you can catch sight-seeing bus trips, taxis or find numerous dining options and cafes. Nearby Brompton Road is home to Bumpkins (a favorite dining spot of ours) and 1 mile on foot you will find the famous Harrods Department store.

A few minutes’ walk, you’re at the incredibly convenient Gloucester Road Underground (Tube) station, on the Piccadilly line, with service that will take you right to Heathrow or of course all over London. We got the Oyster card and used the service daily to explore the city. For my return to Heathrow, with luggage on wheels, I walked the short distance to the station and in about 45 minutes, I was inside Heathrow airport. Across the street, a lovely park, and you’re only a short walk to the vast Hyde Park. Whether by foot or public transportation, it’s a great location to explore the city without being in the heart of the busiest parts. If you really want a spot near the West End Theater district, or Piccadilly Circus so you can easily stumble only a block or two after late night pub crawling, then the Kensington park area may be a bit far.

Each morning we took full advantage of the British continental style breakfast served in the hotel’s elegant dining room. This was included in our rate plan, but we also had the option to upgrade to a full breakfast. Full service is provided, white table cloths, cups and saucers – we really felt pampered! And yes, there was rich coffee too (and a vast assortment of tea). After returning in the evening, we sometimes took advantage of the lounge area for a beverage, or snack. Because of the smaller size of the hotel, options were limited (i.e. don’t expect a wine list), and the lounge menu was nothing spectacular. Service could be slow if the area got busy, which it did at times, but it was always friendly and pleasant.

Back in the room, housekeeping service was always top notch! The room was clean on arrival and maintained for our entire stay. Inside the bathroom, the shower pressure was outstanding, and plenty of lighting. However, counter space was almost non-existent. We were told this is due to the historic status of the hotel. Be that the case or not, ladies may find this a challenge.
As departure day neared, the only real hiccup during our stay was the ability to print our boarding pass. Possibly due to the smaller size of the hotel, the function was clunky at best, requiring me to email my boarding pass to the front desk to print. It was slow and didn’t work well on the first few tries, so plan some extra time (I first tried the night before departure, but the staff person working wasn't sure how the system worked). It was really the only factor of dissatisfaction.

During early morning or late afternoon busy times, the concierge, also serving as the bellhops were often overtasked. Understanding this is a small and in many ways a boutique hotel, these staff limitations are expected. Because of this, we didn’t utilize the service much, instead relying on alternate sources to purchase theater tickets, plan excursions and get dinner suggestions.

For us, traveling for pleasure and recreation but wanting access to business conveniences (i.e. a desk, WiFi), we found the hotel, the location and most of the guest service all a 5-star experience. I was able to take advantage of a great rate plan, so for us, the value was also exceptional. But even at the standard prices, for the elegance, this is a gem.

If you enjoy a bit of history, unique accommodations or maybe you’re a fan of small Inns or B&B’s, I think you’ll love the Grange Strathmore. I would recommend and return without hesitation!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

A lovely hotel ideally located in London , close to tube. Visited in mid winter, one of the coldest in Britain, it was very clean , warm and very very comfortable. Slightly expensive but it worths every penny and is ideal for pumpering theself.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

Satayed for the one night courtesy of itvs this morbing.first impression the hotel downstairs was rather tired looking and checkin quite chaotic with long queue but once upstairs to our room we were pleasantly surprised.Our room was very spacious ,very clean and very modern.Rooms were equipped with digital flatscreens,plenty of tea and coffee facilities with biscuits and a lovely modern bathroom with lots of creams and shower gels.continental breakfast was also adequate..but selections could be more plentiful. What really lets this hotel down is the restaurant-billed as a la carte and priced as such it was absolutely horrendous...inedible in fact...we had the lamb and steak. ..both hideous and the potatoes and veg were almost certainly tinned....for a meal that came to 150 pound we certainly were not impressed!!overall though an ok stay and would recommend a stay there...just go elsewhere for evening meal.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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200 reviews
78 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

The staff make this hotel very friendly and they are happy to help. The rooms are nice if a little small but the location is excellent for the Royal Albert Hall and other attractions. The only let down is the restaurant the food was eatable but more like pub food and had no wow factor the hotel deserves a good restaurant not just an average one.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Houston, Texas
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115 reviews
51 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

The Grange Strathmore Hotel in London is very near Hyde Park and the Gloucester Tube station which is the reason we chose to stay there. We spent three nights and found the hotel to be clean and comfortable. The staff was a bit curt and not very helpful, except the Concierge was very good. He offered several times to assist as our tickets to view Buckingham Palace were messed up. We did not eat meals at this hotel so I am not reviewing, although I saw that tea in the afternoon seemed to be a bit overpriced. All in all, next time we will return to the Montana down the block instead.

Room Tip: Very few rooms have air conditioning. We were downstairs to have air, and enjoyed that area of the...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

The Earl of Strathmore - the late Queen Mother's father's residence. A very grand old hotel. We had a family room (booked as part of a theatre break) which was HUGE! 4th floor, great views of the bustling Cromwell Road below us. Very clean room, comfy beds, lovely decor, a very generous supply of toiletries, tea/coffee etc. Really nicely decorated. Downside: the lift is TINY and only holds 2 people and a suitcase so there was often a queue (not a problem if you don;t have to lug your suitcase up 4 flights of stairs and you're feeling fit!). The included breakfast was continental, which was sufficient but I noticed that if you fancied a full English it was rather expensive. All in all, a really good hotel and only 5 mins walk to Gloucester Road tube station.

Room Tip: Family rooms are exactly that .. big enough for the entire gang!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

WE had a fantastic time at the hotel as the room they give us was very spacious and very bright with a lovely view to Queens Gate Park. The bathroom was very clean and brand new. Even thou the hotel is very traditional with lovely classic music, you can feel the comfort of the updates facilities. We missed having a fridge in our room, but hey, London is always cold and we could put our Champs or any chocolates by the window. We are surely going back there.

Room Tip: We had the corner room and was great!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Grange Strathmore Hotel
Address: 41 Queen's Gate Gardens, London SW7 5NB, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > South Kensington , Kensington and Hyde Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#325 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grange Strathmore Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 70
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