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Hotel Xenia Autograph Collection
Ranked #91 of 1,089 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Ontario
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23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Heavenly !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

After a long overnight flight we were welcomed into this boutique hotel with open arms ! The staff worked very hard to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Yes, our executive double was small but the amenities were absolutely the best. A special welcome is the drink and canapés served from 5 - 7:00 pm. We had a lovely, healthy dinner in the restaurant with excellent service. The location on Cromwell is perfect for sightseeing in the Kensington area. The room may have been small but the luxuries were immense and came with a very reasonable price ! An absolute delight !

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Swindon, England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Just did a 1 night stay at Hotel Xenia which is well located with 2 different tube stations in 5-10 min walking distance. I would love to rate this hotel very good but the rooms size makes that impossible. It is the smallest room I have ever stayed in was a classic double and there were 2 of us staying and we were falling over each other. Bed is pushed right up against the window so you can only access by 1 side and bathroom just has a shower and small sink no bath. Getting ready in the morning took co-ordination as both couldnt be out of bed and getting ready at the same time and then you have luggage as well. Apart from room size the hotel is faultless, good facilities in room, very modern and very nicely decorated, comfy beds, lovely bar, didnt eat in hotel so cannot comment on food and service was beyond what you would normally expect. Just such a shame on the room size I would go again for 1 night if not planning to spend any time in room apart from sleeping but if you want a room to chill and space to do stuff or you are travelling with a lot of luggage then really this is not the hotel for you.... dont know if they have bigger rooms which they charge more for which may be better might be worth checking .....

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

Staff were all really great, but the room was absolutely tiny with a tiny window that looked onto nothing.

Claustrophobic doesn't begin to describe it.

You expect to pay more for hotels in London but the price was crazy for the room we had.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

I was somewhat apprehensive about staying at Hotel Xenia after reading some of the reviews on TripAdivsor but thankfully my stay was excellent. Admittedly the room I had was small but as a single traveller it was more than adequate for my needs. One of the major pluses was that the price of the room was half that I was quoted for the nearby Holiday Inn where the rooms are larger but the ambiance not close to Hotel Xenia.

Although small, the room was very well appointed with very modern furnishings and nice touches like the tablet to order room service and a superb bathroom. Of particular note are the free toiletries and large, soft towels.

The staff were very welcoming and helpful.

The hotel is excellently located and is within close walking distance of the Natural History and Victoria & Albert museums in addition to two underground stations.

I will definitely chose to stay at Hotel Xenia the next time I visit London.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

I have always visited London at least three/four times a year, and always struggled to find an affordable hotel, in a great location. But this is what I got at this hotel when I stayed here. I only got home from London 3 hours ago and really wanted to write a review as I had such an amazing stay.

Location is amazing, 10minute walk to harrods, 5 minutes to the museum, 7 mins to Glouchester Road tube station.
The staff are so warm, friendly and enviting, a change from the usual London greeting that it made the trip different.
The turn down service was excellent, and the staff were more than welcome to assist myself and my friend with getting us a taxi, and bringing an iron upto the room.

The only slight downside is that the room was on the small side, but with the exceptional cleanliness, lovely decor, complimentary wifi via the Samsung tablet and comfortable beds.

I will certainly me making this my London Hotel, Amazing service, Amazing staff, Lovely and clean with great bedding making it a great find and setting an example to all other hotels.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

I'm a regular traveller to London for business and social reasons and over many years have seen too many hotels, always looking out for that special place that I can make a regular stop.
I believe I've found it!
Set back from the noisy roads in London, Hotel Xenia is pure bliss from the moment you touch the first step towards the front door. Staff is responsive, attentive, efficient and flexible to accommodate requirements. The service is by far the best I've had from any hotel in the UK.
The living wall bar is simply beautiful and serves the most delicious cocktails and snacks. The restaurant and private hire facilities is to a high standard and you'd find it hard to be disappointed. No detail has been over-looked.
The hotel smells lovely, the lighting creates a perfect ambiance and the decor is to a very high standard. L'Occitane products in the room, a chocolate dipped strawberry awaiting me on arrival and even an iPad to order room service.
My favourite part of the visit has to be the towels and the hairdryer! Or was it is the shower? Or the perfect pillows that ensure a glorious night's sleep?
It's hard to put it all into words. I can't recommend this hotel enough. You won't be disappointed. It's pure heaven.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Lancashire, UK
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

I stayed for 5 nights in early June. I was attending a course over the road in the Marriott which was fully booked.

The reception / bar / restaurant and rooms are all very stylish and the Xenia is a very nice place to be for a few nights.

The staff are eager to please which is just as well since there are still some new hotel teething problems.

When checking in, I asked about the possibility of having a room with a bath. This invoked a manual process with lots of paperwork which seemed surprising but did indeed yield a twin room with a bath. The receptionist actually took me to see the room before committing which was unusual but welcomed.

My room was one of the smallest I have ever stayed in but this was not unexpected for London. My view was of an adjacent wall but I could see a bit of Sainsbury's if I stood right by the window. It was OK for a few nights but would not be so great for a longer stay.

The much vaunted tablet was very stylish but within a few minutes I'd turned it off and put it in a drawer to gain some extra space on the table. Be aware that the tablet is locked down to a limited set of hotel specific pages and general web use is not supported. So, it’s a nice idea but not very useful. I was glad that I had taken my own laptop.

The table and chair were stylish but the vertical gap between the seat of the chair and the base of the table was ridiculously small. I'm small but could not put my legs under the table. So, I had to sit sideways to the table. This was OK for checking a few emails but anything else would quickly become uncomfortable. So, this is definitely not a hotel to use if staying on business and needing to work at night.

There was a nice large (32”) Samsung Freeview TV with an accessible HDMI socket if you want to connect a media streamer or laptop. Bring an extension lead though since there were no power sockets close to the TV.

The kettle and tea/coffee making items were on a tray inside the wardrobe but there was no power socket there, so I had to plug the kettle in near the bed and take the kettle back to the wardrobe to make the tea. Not ideal.

The clock/radio/speaker supports 3.5mm stereo aux in and bluetooth (it has a USB port but I think that’s just for charging). It looked good but was tricky to operate. I had to download the instruction manual and still had to cycle the power to get it to set the time correctly. It has some firmware issues apparently.

The bathroom was stylish but the bath was short and very shallow. I'm small but struggled to get the water to cover me. Also, the shelf above the sink was very small. There's plenty of room for a bigger shelf so its a shame this was not provided.(Do the people who design hotel rooms ever stay in them?)

Service was very good. I had a problem with one of the electrical sockets (it fell off the wall!) but it was replaced the next day. One evening I found that housekeeping had not left any milk sachets. I called reception and some were delivered in less than 5 minutes. Also every evening there was a turn-down service (don’t really like them but not enough to stop it) and they also delivered a very nice little cake (I really do like them so definitely didn't complain).

One of the security guys on the front entrance was a bit over-keen at first and chased me through reception to the lifts. Now this is Kensington (hardly a dodgy area) and the lift can only be operated with a room key. I've stayed in some hotels around the world with armed guards and have never been chased through reception before. Still, they are taking security seriously I suppose.

I didn't use the restaurant as there are plenty of much cheaper options within walking distance and I like to get out in the evening. I also declined the £30 breakfast on principle.

So, cheaper than the Marriott and very convenient for functions taking place there. It is all nice and new and stylish but some things haven’t been thought through. Once the novelty and newness wears off, some of the impracticalities may tip the balance against it. Still, I enjoyed my time at the Xenia and would stay there again if I were on another course at the Marriott.

Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Hotel Xenia Autograph Collection
Address: 160 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0TL, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > South Kensington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#83 Luxury Hotel in London
#86 Family Hotel in London
#118 Romantic Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Xenia Autograph Collection 4.5*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Learning from history. Leaving a legacy. ‘Xenia’ expresses the ancient Greek concept of hospitality. It harks back to a time when people believed the Gods lived among them. So an encounter with a stranger was characterised by kindness and those far from home were warmly welcomed as friends - it was an extraordinary level of courtesy we're proud to prolong today. Defined by courtesy, refined by culture is our living motto; from the front desk staff who greets guests with a friendly smile, a Concierge team who are always on hand to help, at Xenia we offer a distinctive level of luxury. The hotel comprises 99 rooms individually appointed, two contemporary bars, a private dining room, meeting rooms and Evoluzione, a fine dining Italian restaurant that is in a class of its own. ... more   less 
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