Kensington House Hotel

15-16 Prince of Wales Terrace, London, England, W8 5PQ

Price from: £73

Kensington House Hotel - Executive room

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#69 of 80
expert-rated hotels in London
Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
Location:
4.3
4.3
Bedrooms:
4
4.0
Eating/drinking:
3.2
3.2
Public areas:
3.4
3.4
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
3.4
3.4
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Mature travellers, Singles, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Kensington House Hotel

Quiet and comfortable base in a well-heeled part of town.

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.

Location: 

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...

Bedrooms: 

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.

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Public areas: 

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.

Eating and drinking: 

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.

Leisure facilities: 

None on site but you can easily walk or jog in nearby Kensington Gardens.

Service: 

The staff are polite and restrained. There is a turndown service.

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Who stays there: 

The split of guests is 50-50 business and leisure travellers, sometimes families.

Price advice: 

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.

Pros: 
Close to a park
Breakfast included
Cons: 
No restaurant
Conservative ambience

More information on Kensington House Hotel:

Price from:
£73
Type:
Hotel
Address:
15-16 Prince of Wales Terrace, London, England, W8 5PQ
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet
Neighbourhood:
High Street Kensington

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