The Ampersand hotel is a recently developed/renovated boutique hotel just a stones throw from South Kensington tube station. As far as the location goes its perfect, less than 5 minutes walk from the tube station and right on the number 14 bus route that takes you into the heart of tourist London. The surrounding area has everything you could want with an array of restaurants, pubs, bars, the fabulous hummingbird bakery, museums (V&A and Natural History), the Albert Hall and even a Lamborghini showroom if you're looking for a new car!
The building and decor are beautiful and spotlessly clean, with sumptuous and gorgeous rooms that are both stylish and cozy, a very hard balance to strike for many modern hotels.
The hotel was booked as a romantic getaway and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. The staff were friendly and attentive, service was swift and the hotel had a general feeling of relaxed luxury and class.
The bathrooms have huge monsoon showers, fluffy towels and complimentary robes/slippers, and they even have little Ampersand rubber ducks for bath time!
The only negatives I could highlight to make this a fair and balanced review are that we were on the second floor at the front of the hotel and road noise was quite noticeable, with the bus stop and club opposite providing noise until late into the night. That said it did not cause too much disruption or detract from the enjoyment of our stay. Also I ordered room service, which provided very difficult due to an apparent problem with the phone line. Once I managed to order however, the food was delivered quickly.
I will certainly return to The Ampersand hotel on my next trip to London and recommend anyone else to do likewise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With some of the most stylish hotel rooms in Kensington, The Ampersand is a privately-owned luxury London hotel that combines contemporary excellence in design, service, food and technology in an 1888 building at the capital's heart. We have been inspired by those great Victorian values of discovery and wonder - and given them a modern, whimsical twist. The result: a cosmopolitan, 111-room luxury boutique hotel, bar, restaurant and drawing rooms, delivering 21st-century warmth, humour and total comfort.The Ampersand Hotel is situated just a minute's walk from South Kensington tube station, and is well connected to Heathrow airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ampersand Hotel London, England