My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights in April. South Kensington is always a good base from which to explore London, and the Ampersand is really conveniently located, being just a couple of hundred yards from South Kensington tube station, giving you access to 3 of the capital's principal underground train lines. In addition, it's just a 5-10 minute walk from London's best museums, and a 15-20 minute walk to sites such as Kensington Gardens, the Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, and Harrod's. The staff at the Ampersand really do strive to deliver great customer service. The hotel is relatively new, having taken over from a former hotel last year. In fact, our London cabby (taxi driver) who drove us there from St. Pancras station had not heard of it before - and it takes some doing to fox a London cabby! It's worth taking the buffet breakfast deal at the hotel; you can pay 10 pounds (about $15) extra for a cooked breakfast, but there is plenty from which to select on the buffet. Another reviewer mentioned " a massive shower," and it would be good to ask for a bathroom with a walk-in shower, if you prefer that over a bath; I did (several months ahead of arrival) but the hotel could not accommodate that request. The room (a Superior) was comfortable, but (a point made by the same reviewer) "a bit on the small side." But this is usually to be expected with many London hotels. All in all, we enjoyed our stay and would use the hotel again if staying in that part of London in the future.
- 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