Hilton London Kensington
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Stayed here in April 2003 for 6 nights. Great location- easy to get anywhere from Tube Station, or nice walk to parks. Rooms and bath were nice, although one day we came back to our non-smoking room and it smelled like a smokey pub. We called the front desk and someone came up to spray a horrible deodorizer. Also, make sure you don't get a room near the linen closet, or elevator- very noisy. And something should be done about how the doors close to the rooms- I just about fell out of bed each time someone closed their door. Beware of the refrigerator policy: if you put anything personal in it, a sensor will be activated and you may be charged. I accidently knocked over a water bottle when I opened it, and was afraid I'd be charged for it. As long as you notify the front desk quickly, they won't charge you.
Very happy with my stay.
Stayed in this hotel just before christmas after finding an excellent rate on the internet. I found the room to be very reasonable for the price that I paid-£70 a night. The room was immaculate and had everything you needed. The bathroom was a little on the small side but I did have a opening door-not a sliding door as described in previous reviews. The bathroom too was very clean and the water pressure was amazing! Having a shower felt like one of those spa treatments! However maybe I should point out I am a student, so seasoned hotel goers may not be so pleased by the hotel as I was-especially as the contrast to my student accomodation I had left behind probably made the hotel more appealing. But considering I paid the same price as a room in a travel lodge I was very pleased and would definitely stay there again.
Exec. Floor is great
After being forced to leave the (NOT SO) Quality Hotel Paddington (DO NOT STAY THERE) we ended up at the Hilton Kensington. We were given a Jr. Suite in the Exec Floor (7th floor?) at a great rate.. I just called the Hilton 1-800 number (or equivalent in London) and the lady gave me several Hilton options in town and recommended this over the Paddington Hilton. Anyway, our free breakfast and nightly free cocktail hour in the exec. floor lounge more than made up for the extra room cost. The room was very very clean and nice. We had noise from the street below, but otherwise were very happy to have arrived at the Hilton Kensington. I do not know about the regular rooms. There is a Safeway grocery, excellent pubs, and movie theater very near this hotel. 5 min. walk to the tube stop. The neighborhood gets a bit more rough, however, to the west of this hotel.. very very very nice towards Nob Hill though (15 min. walk). The bus stops RIGHT outside this hotel and is a great way to get to the center of London.
I have just returned from a two night stay at the Kensington Hilton. To say that the rooms are small is an understatement - you even had a sliding door into the shower room. The room felt tatty and tired and the soundproofing was appalling. A very expensive hotel - that I shall never return to.
Having looked forward to a special w'end away for my girlfriend and I, we were delighted to arrive at the Hilton Kensington where we expected the "Hilton" brand to greet us in all it's glory. First impressions were good, the lobby and reception areas looked adequate. However, on entrance to our room I was appauled at the condition we found it in. It featured a sliding door to the bathroom (as an in/out opening door wouldn't fit in the room), filthy plastic furniture and a yellow net curtain that was possibly white twenty or so years ago. My dog would have turned away. We asked to be shown to another room which was identical in features and condition... I then demanded to see the duty manager and he showed us to his best available room in the house - this was slightly bigger (still sliding door though!) and featured three cigarette burns on the bed cover. We left the hotel immediately in shock and went to stay in Jury's Islington where we received a very friendly, clean and great value for money welcome. An appauling and disappointing start to the weekend and wouldn't wish the hotel on anyone.
Exec floor was great, regular floor rooms not so good
1st 2 nights we stayed on the 2nd floor. A/C was not so good. Next 7 nights on exec floor (6th) was awesome. Breakfast was typical english (yuck). If you are Hilton Gold stay here, if not try another Hilton.
BTW, the tube stop is only a 5 min walk...nice tree lined streets.
The hotel is very standard. The rooms are very small. I hade a suit which was more like a cabin on a ship than in a hotel. The view was of the lower roof or the hotel and the noise from the near by lift/elevator was clear when trying to sleep. From the hotel, it took me around 1.5 hours to get to central London by foot but it is a nice walk through parks and leafy streets. The hotel was not very expensive but was not deserving of the 4 stars that Hilton recon it is.
Rooms not up to Hilton Standard
This Hilton is on the far outskirts of London, and the nearest tube line was broken when we visited. We scored a great package rate that included 2 nights hotel with breakfast and one dinner for about $288 with taxes. We added up the prices of these if you paid for them separately and the cost came out to be almost $900! The hotel is pretty nice on the outside and service was decent but the rooms were awful. Very cramped (even for London standards) and our thermostat wasn't working so it was an oven in there all the time. Furthermore, they only gave us 2 flat pillows for a double bed. The room and amenities were more like a Super 8 motel than a luxurious hilton. We also stayed at the Hilton Hyde Park down the road and it was fantastic! If you have your choice, stay there instead !
Good standard hotel
Nice staff, good accommodation, well kept. In a nice, quiet location, but close to tube. Good underground car park outside the iniquitous congestion charge area. Plenty of space, good Japanese restaurant, but boring carvery. Recommended.
Big Enough to Cope - Small enough to care
Travelling around London with a suitcase, wedding present and 10-month old baby Josh in a pushcair can, believe me, be a traumatic experience! I'd booked the Kensington Hilton for an overnight stay since Josh's Godparents were getting married at the Chelsea and Kensington registry office. Convenient, I thought. A bit further out of town than I'd planned, as it happens! That said, the location would certainly suit most people - it's by Holland Park and the local street is delightful, rather like a village within London, with charming shops and an attractive pub nearby; perfect for a stroll if you've got the time. When the underground system works, it's very good but - for the time being - forget it and use taxis. We did; it made much more sense. Less encumbered without an infant, you'd find this a most convenient base from which to explore London by tube. Just avoid the circle line!
We arrived, anyway, and enjoyed a totally hassle-free, early check-in. We had to be in Chelsea by noon and had thus arranged to check in ridiculously early at 11am. We'd been told that this shouldn't be a problem and that - if our room were not ready - our bags would be stored for us and taken up later. As it happens, the room was indeed ready and we were able to "take possession" almost instantly of our 6th floor executive room (a complimentary Hhonors upgrade for a Gold member). It was all a bit of a rush, but that was only of our making, and the hotel staff co-operated in a friendly and efficient manner.
Our nicely air-conditioned room felt a little small at first (but then our last hotel stay, the week before, had been at the Conrad Brussels in a huge duplex suite) - not uncommon in London, but it was very comfortably and smartly furnished. A personal welcome message was displayed on the screen of the television; a common Hilton touch, but a nice one. We later found the bed to be extremely comfortable and enjoyed a perfect night's sleep. The minibar was very well-stocked and, had the wedding not been such a good one, I am sure that we would have enjoyed exploring all it had to offer! A comfortable chair was next to the occasional table with complimentary fruit basket. We'd ordered a cot (or crib) for Josh and this was provided. He's too young to make comment but he slept like a log in it, much to our relief!
The bathroom was well-furnished and the toiletries were superb - Amanda loved the moisturiser! The famous Hilton fluffy bathrobes added that extra bit of luxury.
I enjoyed a late night drink in the comfortable and welcoming "am / pm bar". Very pleasant, but why DO hotels insist in charging so much for bar drinks? UKP 7.00 for a large whisky is not exactly unusual in an hotel - but it is still rather more than one would pay elsewhere! It's about the price of half-a-bottle!
Breakfast, included in the extraordinarily reasonable room rate, was superb. Josh was provided with a high chair and enjoyed chewing a croissant whilst I took a fairly minimalist cereal, tea, OJ and toast approach. Amanda enjoyed the full English cooked breakfast. And the waitresses obviously enjoyed Josh! He got lots of attention!
Checkout was efficient and effortless. This is the most efficient and friendly member of the Hilton family I've stayed in so far. Highly recommended. If only the transport system were more child-friendly. The hotel most certainly was!