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.
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.
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.
Who stays there
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.
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Breakfast included
- Close to a park
- No restaurant
- Conservative ambience