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The Villa Kensington
Ranked #491 of 1,068 Hotels in London
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Central, Compact and Comfortable”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

I stayed at the Villa in Kensington on the Bank holiday in May and found it a really great place to stay. The staff were super helpful and nothing was too much bother. My sister and I were leaving early in the morning and they provided us with breakfast to take away which was great and really appreciated.
The hotel is spotless! and although compact it was great value in a really central location.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Ferdinand P, General Manager at The Villa Kensington, responded to this review, June 4, 2014
Dear Guest, thank you very much for staying with us and for your review. Take care and we hope to see you soon. Best regards. Ferdinand. GM
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2014

we stayed at the villa kensington last week as we were visiting the chelsea flower show, because of this the price more of less doubled to £174 for one night, The room was very small a large ugly side table and wardrobe taking up most of the space, there was about 6/7 inch foot space to walk around base of bed, The shower was crap no water pressure, tiles loose on wall, two tiny bottles of shower gel/shampoo
Breafast was nothing special cheap coissant with a builders mug of coffee i asked for a cup but the waitress didnt understand
i know only three stars it was the thought of being riped off

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Ferdinand P, General Manager at The Villa Kensington, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
Dear Guest, I am really sorry you did not enjoyed your stay with us. I understand you expected so much more. I respect your opinion if you believe that the rate you paid to stay in London south Kensington, during Chelsea Flower Show, one of the busiest period of the calendar, was too high. I am particularly disappointed you only awarded us one star for cleanliness...this is an area where we normally excel. I also find it hard to believe that you could not get a cup of tea.....really..? Thank you for staying with us. Regards. Ferdinand. GM
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Bodmin, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

I stayed overnight last week on business and could not fault it. The room was comfortable and large for a London single. Good TV with plenty of channels, tea making facilities, free WiFi, comfy bed, air conditioning and decent sized bathroom with dual action shower (rather slow but I was on the 4th floor).

It was spotlessly clean and the staff were very, very nice.

Breakfast was included and quite adequate.

Overall a very good hotel and one I would recommend to anyone.

Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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Ferdinand P, General Manager at The Villa Kensington, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
Dear Guest, thank you very much for your nice review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best regards. Ferdinand. GM
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Fishers, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2014

We chose this hotel because it had three single beds in the room, so our son could could stay with us. We arrived early from the Harwich seaport . We left our luggage until 3 p.m. (1500) when we could check in to our room. We had an electric teapot in our room, along with Twinings Tea, Nescafe instant coffee, and some cookies/biscuits. We had a bath towel to dry our hands with and then one bath towel for each of us. The shower could be hand held or a big rain forest type in the ceiling. The water pressure was good and warm. Breakfast was free 7:30-9:30. A hot English breakfast could be purchased. There was plenty of cereal, meat, cheese, yogurt, bread, drinks for us. We walked to the Big Bus area for a HOHO tour. Plenty of pubs and eateries were within walking distance. Our room was clean, It was larger than I expected. The people at the desk were friendly. The staff called a cab for us when we went to the airport. Although we told them we had 5 people and 5 large bags, we should have told them about our carry ons. The van was really too small, but we made it work. They gave us each a sack of breakfast take away, fruit, yogurt, juice box, muffin, apple, which was very nice. It was less than a half hour to the airport and traffic was good.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Ferdinand P, General Manager at The Villa Kensington, responded to this review, June 4, 2014
Dear Guest, thank you so much for choosing to stay at The Villa Kensington. I would also like to thank you for taking the time to write this very comprehensive review. Take care and we hope to see you soon. Best regards. Ferdinand. GM
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights in a twin room, which for London was rather spacious. The hotel itself is very clean, modern and is nicely furnished. It was rather warm when we stayed, so the air conditioning in the room was a huge Godsend! The bathroom is small, but adequate - the flow of the shower is a little slower than I like but not sure what can be done about that!

The room comes equipped with tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer, safe and small flatscreen TV. The beds were very comfortable and the pillows just right! Breakfast was served in the basement of the hotel from 7.30-9.30 and was adequate - we would've liked to see a few more cereals and a better selection of fresh fruit. They could perhaps do with a few more tables, as there were several solo travellers, and I saw a few people ask to table-share.

One disappointment was that where we booked online mentioned that it had a bar - there are soft drinks and water available to purchase from reception but unfortunately no licensed bar. However, you're so close to lots of restaurants and bars that there are plenty of other places for drinks nearby! It's a 2 min walk to Gloucester Road tube station which is served by the Piccadilly and Circle lines.

We didn't have much dealings with reception, but they did offer us an umbrella when there was a short downpour. All in all, a really pleasant stay and we will be happy to return in the future!

Room Tip: Room 405 was a great twin room.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Ferdinand P, General Manager at The Villa Kensington, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
Dear Guest, thank you so much for your honest and very comprehensive review! We hope to see you soon. Take care. Ferdinand. GM
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Galway, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights and the hotel was a great choice.

The room was in the basement and was very big - nice and spacious for 3 of us. It was in the front of the building near the street but it is a quiet area and we didn't hear any noise.

The staff were very friendly and the continental breakfast was good.

The location was great - very close to the tube.

Room Tip: Room 83 was a great triple room
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Ferdinand P, General Manager at The Villa Kensington, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us. I am glad you really liked the room. Take care and we hope to see you soon. Regards. Ferdinand. GM
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2014 via mobile

I stayed there for 3 nights with my mum and sister in a triple room which was surprisingly spacious. We were visiting London for a special birthday and were delighted with the location, the super friendly, helpful staff and also,the gift that was left in the room for us.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting London. Thank you for a lovely experience.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Ferdinand P, General Manager at The Villa Kensington, responded to this review, May 13, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much indeed. This review made our day! Best regards. Ferdinand. GM
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Property: The Villa Kensington
Address: 10 - 11 Ashburn Gardens, London SW7 4DG, England (Formerly Abcone Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > South Kensington , Earls Court
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Free Breakfast Airport Transportation
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Ranked #491 of 1,068 Hotels in London
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Villa Kensington 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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