Just got back from a weeklong stay at this fantastic hotel in SouthKen, London. We had a deluxe room, and were able to secure a great deal on-line; book two nights, get the third night free. Came out to around L165/night. This is an outstanding value for the location and quality of the property.
We arrived very early after a night flight from Brazil, and the staff had a room ready for us almost immediately. The reception area is small and modern with a pair of rooms off the reception area that are used for both light breakfast and afternoon tea. (There is a full restaurant downstairs that is quite good as well).
Our room was spacious by London standards, with an extremely comfortable bed, linens and pillows. The bathroom is modern, rainshower head, black tile, impeccably clean and neat. Nice soft towels, robes and slippers. My wife thought the shampoo, soaps, etc. left a bit to be desired, but I found them to be perfectly adequate. There is a big flat screen TV that I think we turned on twice in the week we were there. The free wi-fi is accessible throughout the hotel and quite fast. In addition, they have a couple of iMacs down in the basement that can be accessed for free and there was never anyone using them.
It was freezing in London during the last week in March, beginning of April, and the Ampersand was just such a warm and inviting place to come home to at the end of a busy day. It is about 50 meters from the SouthKen tube stop, with the District/Circle lines and Picadilly line. The V&A and Natural History Museums are both less than 500 meters away. There are several great eateries in the vicinity, namely Muriel's Kitchen next to the tube stop. No really decent pubs close by, but this is SouthKen, people.
The staff is young, energetic, casually dressed (no hokey Beefeater doorman costumes) and eager to help.
Literally the ONLY drawback was that our room, nº 308, overlooked Harrington, which is a fairly busy street with regular bus, car and foot traffic. It can get a bit noisy, so I would suggest either bringing ear-plugs or asking for a room facing the rear of the hotel. Obviously, the hotel is not to blame for street noise, so I give this property a solid 5 star rating. I have stayed at 4 different hotels in London, and I will never stay anywyere else from now on.
- 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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