The Gainsborough Hotel
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Gainsborough Hotel London
4 stars -- that's overrated
We've spent 3 nights in that hotel in march 2004. The rooms were small, but clean, quite cold, the bathrooms are really tiny. BUT beware of the rooms on the ground floor -- there's a club located right under the hotel. from friday on you definately will have problems to find some sleep until 2, 3 o'clock in the morning. it seems that the hotel had seen better days. the staff was very friendly but after all we won't choose the gainsborough again.
Not 4 star
Have just returned after spending one night at this hotel-that was enough! I had been upgraded to a double, I dread to think how big the single was. My room was freezing and I was told the heating for the hotel had not been switched on yet. I was offered an extra blanket or a convector heater, problem was the heater was touching the bed because that was the only plug flex would reach to. I was even offered the single room- it did not have heating but I was told as it was smaller (couldn't be surely) I would get warmer quicker! The decor had really seen better days and the net curtains could do with a good wash. The smell of stale smoke was off puttting. Warning to those expecting a lie in, this hotel backs on to a school. A good thing was the cooked breakfast, although no cereals. I often stay in 4 star hotels and The Gainsborough is really not up to the standard I have been used to.
Seen better days
The air conditioning units' intake was through an open window! But it worked well enough when we were there in Aug. 3 - 9, 2004. THe elevator had just enough room for two people. The breakfast was not included and the dining room was small and crowded. But the location is great. The staff was most helpful. I could feel the springs in my mattress!
Cosy very English htoel
The Gainsborough Hotel in South Kensignton London is the quintessential cosy typically English hotel you would immagine in your thoughts.
Really lovely , excellent service and superb location to visit the sites and museums of London. In fact it is located just a couple of blocks form the famous Victoria & Albert Museum, the National History Museum and also Harrod 's is close by.
The rates are very affordable, considering the steep prices practiced by London hotels.
Beautiful Room, Great Location
My husband and I stayed here during our honeymoon. We found the hotel by accident as we hated the place we were originally. The Gainborough had a friendly staff, very pretty (but small) rooms, and a lovely lobby. Additionally, they have another hotel across the street, The Gallery, that you can use as well (library, internet, bar, etc.) We would stay there again.
Thumbs Up for the Gainsborough
My husband and I stayed at the Gainsborough in March 2004, and we enjoyed our stay. The room was tidy and nicely decorated, if a bit small, and the bathroom was a decent size, very clean and included a tub, not just a shower as you often find in lower-priced hotels. My only advice is that if you like to sleep late like we do, you might not want a room at the back; our room overlooked the schoolyard of the nearby Lycee Francais, and we woke up to children shouting at gym or recess or whatever. Anyway, the street side doesn't seem that busy, so it's probably quieter. For the price (about $125 a night) and the location (South Ken tube is nearby), I thought it was a good value.
Gainsborough is a great place to stay
I think the poor reviews for this hotel are unfair. I travel nearly 100K miles on business each year and I found the Gainsborough excellent for location, cleanliness, and value.
Yes, the hotel is small, but unless you stay at an American chain (like Hilton), almost every English hotel is small.
My room was small by U.S. standards, but open enough to walk around, the hotel was quiet, the staff was very nice, my room was very clean, and best of all (for Europe), the bathroom had abundant hot water, good towels, and it was very clean. I also stayed with a female colleague from work who said that her room was very nice as well.
I would recommend staying at the Gainsborough to anyone who wants a centrally located hotel in London that's doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
My husband and I stayed at this small hotel in November. And I do mean small. The room was so small that you could barely open the bathroom door without hitting the edge of the bed. Only one of us could walk around the room at one time. It really was not as funny as it sounds.
The nearest tube stop (S. Kensington) is about 3 good blocks away which makes travel easy. The staff was ambivalent. The only good thing was the price -- around $150 on an internet special. I guess you do get what you pay for and in London, it doesn't come an cheaper.