We stayed for 4 nights over Easter. The hotel is very clean, comfortable and all the team we came in to contact with were polite and helpful. The hotel is in a great location for Knightsbridge shopping, V&A and Natural History Museum. South Kensington Tube Station is just outside as is a handy cab rank.
The rooms are small (or at least ours was and I had upgraded to a Deluxe so can't imagine what a Standard room is like) the plumbing is noisy and the doors bang constantly. You can also feel the tube passing under the building (vibration) which continues until around midnight. Obviously ( and no fault of the hotel) it can be noisy on the front with constant traffic well in to the early hours.
If the hotel was promoted as 4 star at £120 - 180 per night I would have given full marks however it was sold to me as a 5 star hotel charging £250 per night+, over £400 for a suite. There is no lounge as such to sit in and relax, (The Drawing Room is small and open to the public for tea / lunch etc and so is constantly busy and you feel very unwelcome unless you order food or drink).
The gym is small but adequate and the small library and games room a nice touch.
There does not appear to be a B&B rate available on their website that includes full breakfast only continental and whilst this was very nice with great choice the A la Carte menu is over priced - you could easily spend an additional £30 per couple to upgrade your breakfast to include hot items - I'm not mean but I refuse to pay £6 for an egg!!!
Overall comfortable, clean and well run but pricey for what they actually offer you.
- 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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