I was so unsure that all the great reviews were true that I cancelled my first night here and chose another hotel. What a mistake! Ampersand has it done right: yes, the rooms are small (this is London, after all!) but they have everything you'd need or could want, the hotel decor is lovely, fresh, new and interesting, the food at the restaurant was surprisingly delicious. The location was terrific, just steps from the Underground. Hotel provided free tea/coffee/juice/water/soda in the room (minibar was complimentary, what a concept!) and I got a free, unexpected upgrade to larger room upon check in. Room (118) was on first floor but on side of building so very quiet. Modern and fresh, it still managed to feel 'English' (black and white striped wallpaper in bathroom, glossy black tiles in tub, wonderful detailing and killer high ceilings). I loved it. Great, convenient hotel in city of London with easy, free Wifi access and lovely amenities.
- 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