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WEDNESDAY 16th MAY 2012 FIRST DAY IN LONDON Apparently there had been some awful weather last night in London, but the weather gods surely smiled on us when we touched down in London - a glorious sunny day! We were actually a few minutes early touching down and were quickly through the Immigration lines and Customs and then Taz led us into the …
MONDAY 21st MAY 2012 LET THE TOURING BEGIN!!!! Had an early brekky and got our cases packed up, then climbed into our taxi to head to Marble Arch to pick up our hire car from the Hertz depot. We pre booked a maxi taxi through the hotel and for about twenty five pounds the four of us and our luggage were deposited in Edgeware Road in about 10 …
SUNDAY 20th MAY 2012 LAST DAY IN LONDON! Spent a hour or so in the local launderette this morning getting our washing done! Quite an experience trying to find enough change for the machines, finding empty machines and then finding out how to use them! But a friendly old local bloke, who was doing his MONTHLY????? wash set us straight and we had a …
SATURDAY 19th MAY 2012 SATURDAY IN LONDON This morning we set off for more sightseeing, heading first up for Notting Hill where we spent an hour or so at the Portobello Road markets. Widely known over here for their great variety of things for sale, we were expecting a big crowd and we sure weren't disappointed! The trains were packed and we joined …
FRIDAY 18th MAY 2012 MORE SIGHTSEEING! Friday morning and still the weather is holding up for us, with promised rain not eventuating thank goodness, and we headed off for breakfast at a little cafe (I had sensational pancakes - correction - one pancake, as Sue swapped me for a piece of toast!) and then caught the train to Leicester Square and the …
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Historical Traveler Reviews NH Kensington London
Este hotel es una buena opción para los españoles que estamos acostumbrados a los hoteles urbanos de esta cadena o a los AC. Tiene ese estilo que los caracteriza. Habitaciones confortables, aseos modernos, un cierto toque minimalista, poca moqueta (tan tipica en el reino unido) y un servicio compuesto en buena parte por gente española.
I booked this hotel for business reasons: I had an evening function which was going to finish quite late so I decided to share a room with 2 of my colleagues .
I was disappointed by this hotel in terms of the level of service and the size of the rooms. When we arrived we were told we had been upgraded to a suite - how exciting! But this turned out to be two very small rooms on adjacent floors joined by a staircase. Because they were set up as two rooms it was difficult to regulate the temperature between them, with one room too hot, the other too cold. The room also smelt of cigarette smoke but when we asked to move to a non-smoking room we were told the room we were in was already non-smoking, despite the presence of a hotel ashtray, and weren't given an alternative room. Finally, when we tried to get a drink at the bar there were no staff available and the desk receiptionist had to serve us. When we finally did get a drink the server added a 10% tip to the bill without our permission, despite the fact that it wasn't him that served us.
I was a little hesitant about booking this hotel after reading some of the reviews on this site. However, the location in Kensington & Chelsea fitted in with my plans [the nearest Tube is Earl's Court - a five minute walk away] and the hotel seemed clean and modern from the pictures on the website - having only opened in September 2006.
This hotel should be avoided. My problems began as soon as tried to make an online reservation. Their server crashed and was then unavailable during the entire evening. The next day I did reserve the room but was later told that they will charge me because apparently I reserved twice even though I only got one confirmation. Then even though I called to cancel the first night they threatened to charge me for a no-show. The once I actually showed up, they had no record of my reservation.
Just a hop,skip and jump from Earls Court Road (exit that side of the Tube), this newly opened hotel was created out of a section of a row of Kensington mansion flats. The inside has been gutted and it's effectively a new-build so don't expect Victorian room -sizes. Very pleasant, efficient reception and the rooms are fresh and have a strong contemporary edge. Good bed, fresh crisp linen, fluffy white towels, very modern bathroom with good shower and upmarket toiletries. The bedside book of short stories is a nice touch. The plasma TV is a plus though if you were wanting a night in the channel selection is pretty limited. Would have been nice to be offered PPV. Rooms are wi-fied but £15 a day is the connection fee. Dodge the (buffet) breakfast unless you feel like the treat of having room service. The breakfast room faces onto the busy Cromwell Road and is not very inviting - someone took the bright, minimalism a step too far in the fitting out. At £16.99 a pop for a pretty standard spread you might prefer to pop across the road to the various coffee-shops or even the odd greasy spoon (try Benji's if you fancy a fry-up). A pleasant (small) bar comprises part of the reception area - more a stop for a drink or coffee on way out or when coming back in than a hunker down for the night place. If you are visiting for the Earls Court Exhibition centre or doing the South Ken museums this is an ideal spot. Bag a back room facing onto the gardens and ask for one not next to the very "whooshy" lifts. There is a Sainsbury's local on EC Road and a larger store a stroll along Cromwell Road for stocking up with supplies. As ever in London, the mini-bar is mini and expensive and leaves no other refrigerated space.
booked through a website for a king size suite £145 but as usual it was too good to be true - we had a small bedroom with a spiral staircase taking up a huge amount of room, leading to a seating / desk area upstairs - we would have much preferred a room on one level with more space. Very clean, everything brand new, lovely comfortable bed - bathroom very bright, clean and plenty of room - haridryer too short tho take your own. Had no room service so cant comment, even though our room was right at the front on the cromwell road, there was no noise at all with the windows closed, with them open though yes, the trafffic would have been noisy.
Stayed in this brand new hotel 6th & 7th Ocotober. It is modern and bright, the rooms are nicely decorated. The staff were very friendly and made a point of greeting you each time they saw you, but thats the best I can say about the hotel.
Stayed at this hotel for a short break. Up and back in the car, stop overnight and see a show - have dinner etc. The hotel has only just opened so would they be trying extra hard to please? No - we felt that they were so "relaxed" that everything took twice as long as it could.