Kensington House Hotel
15-16 Prince of Wales Terrace, London, England, W8 5PQ
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Mature travellers, Singles, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Kensington House Hotel
If your travel plans take you to Kensington, this handsome 39 room townhouse hotel is a reliable option. The rates can be good for such a posh neighbourhood and I like the location - check in here and you can easily mix shopping and cultural thrills with a stroll in the delightful parkland of Kensington Gardens just a few minutes' walk away. Built in the 1860s as part of an aristocratic ensemble of Italianate stuccoed terrace houses, what was once a grand residence is now a well-appointed hotel in an area of charm and character.
Want to hit the shops of High Street Kensington? Catch a concert at the Albert Hall? Dine out in the cosy restaurants around Gloucester Road? Visit the mighty museums of South Kensington? Book a room here and you won't have to walk far to enjoy all this and a lot more...
Decorated in inoffensive creams and browns, the rooms here are homely and come well-equipped with amenities that include bathrobes, air conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, mineral water and a safe and iron. Being a historic building, there is a great variety of room configurations, including 10 with single beds, three that allow smoking and a few with balconies. Those on the top fourth floor have lower ceilings.
Steep steps lead up from the street to the front door. Reception is an office to the right, and there is a small porter's desk in the hall. Period fittings include original staircases, balustrades and ceiling mouldings. Corridors have blue carpets and are enlivened by paintings and black-and-white photographs.
You can get a drink in the small Tiger Bar but it doesn't exactly roar. Breakfast is taken in the same venue - an unexceptional Continental buffet served to a backing track of Magic FM radio. This is a good area for restaurants, or if it's been a tough day you can get a takeaway meal delivered within 45 minutes.
None on site but you can easily walk or jog in nearby Kensington Gardens.
The staff are polite and restrained. There is a turndown service.
The split of guests is 50-50 business and leisure travellers, sometimes families.
Rates generally exclude VAT but do include Continental breakfast. WiFi is free and guests are also given a voucher for a complimentary cocktail or drink in the Tiger Bar.
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- 15-16 Prince of Wales Terrace, London, England, W8 5PQ
- High-Speed Internet
- High Street Kensington