Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHoliday Inn London Kensington Forum
Spending quite a bit of time here due t project "Hercules"
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum
Nov 12-15, 2003 I had the pleasure of staying in the this Holiday Inn on Cromwell. This is the high rise Forum and not to be mistaken with the other Holiday Inn across the street.It is wonderful access to everything. I took the Piccadilly Line straight from Heathrow to Glouster Road (about 10 dollars w/return), walked out of the tube, took a left and the hotel was there.The staff were very attentive and helpful. I stayed 3 nights and was supposed to have a single for the first 2 nights and a triple for the last night and they offered me the triple room for the same price all three nights so I would not have to change rooms.The room was clean and the maid left extra pillows and towels on my request within 15 minutes.The concierge I met was the best. He helped me with all my arrangements and great directions which is important when traveling alone.The area is beautiful and safe. Good location for taking nice walks.The only disagreeable I can say is sometimes when coming in from outside the lobby smelled of smoke, but otherwise I would recommend this to both singles and families.
Great Hotel - In an Excellent area.
Within one block is a tube station, a currency exchange, Starbucks, 24-hour store and bank. The rooms are small but well suited.... all in all a very nice hotel.
Stayed at the Kensington Forum in August 2003 and was very, very impressed. It's a big hotel, and feels recently renovated. Through Expedia, I got a room for $120 Canadian/night. It turned out to be very spacious, clean, and everything felt quite new and well maintained. Even the bathroom was huge, with a soaker tub and shower. Two twin beds in the room had nice duvets rather than scratchy hotel blankets on them. The location was fabulous. It's right around the corner from Gloucester Road tube station which is on the Piccadilly line and very convenient if you like to go to theatre in the West End. There are quite a few shops near Gloucester Road station, including a big Waitrose supermarket. The neighbourhood felt safe too. Holiday Inn K-F also has an all-day baggage check room, so the day you arrive or leave, you are free to store your bags in there, and get them at your convenience. Very handy for early arrivals before check-in time or late departures. Can't say enough about how pleased I was with this hotel!
London, we miss you!
My daughter and I stayed during the latter part of June for 7 nights.
We loved the clean rooms (although small, but hey! it's Europe). The Continental breakfast was included in our rate and it was quite satisfying; the service was great, everyone was friendly. The hotel is in the great Kensington area of London, quiet, safe and conveniently located a block from the Gloucester Underground station. Very busy hotel, lobby usually packed with people arriving or departing, but all very organized. We wouldn't mind staying there again!!
Went mid April, special rate 60 pounds and very good value, rooms small but well designed and very comfortable, window opens too, bathroom excellent , few staff are english born so this is no "little england", all want to help and the concierge desk was good, apart from a close Waitrose supermarket(excellent) and some other few shops the area is residential and cafes/restaurants mediocre at best, breakfast in the hotel is satisfying but too expensive, very convenient to Gloucester road tube and buses(much improved), if you spend much time in central London I suggest finding a hotel closer in, remember London's infrastructure is creaking badly, it's dirty/scruffy and the division between rich and poor growing too fast, if you want to feel the real britain get well out of the London area/influence. If staying/based in town do not rent a car, parking is rare and viciously expensive and now there is an add on "congestion" charge for driving in the core areas, this was a good hotel for 6 nights, if you neeed a good step up try Millenium Goucester, or Baileys (too chintsy ?) close by.....take lots of money and pace ypurself, you won't begin to uncover the city or understand its history in a week!
My experience with the Holiday Inn London Forum was wonderful. My cousin and I arrived late on a Saturday night and were very dissapointed by the hotel that we had booked our room with. We walked six blocks to the Holiday Inn and explained our situation. They graciously put us into an executive suite room for the night and then offered us a special rate for the week that included breakfast. The room was clean, modern and we mostly importantly felt safe. I would stay there again and would recommend it to anyone.
Brown water out of the bathroom tap...15 pounds for a less than average breakfast buffet. No hot water in my shower for well over 24 hours after 2 calls to maintenance. A missed wake up call because the person at the front desk didn't speak English enough to understand me. Smaller than normal room. All these things are what is leading me to write this review. After reading the ones already on the web site I thought we had found an oasis in the storm that is London. We decided to go with the Holiday Inn because of their good reputation world wide and we ended up being rather disappointed. Stay away from the buffet and go to the local bakery down the street..save yourself the money. The service was horrible and the food was average at best. No where near worth the ridiculous price that they charge. What a rip off!!The room was nicely remodeled with a very good bed and pillows but it felt like a closet. I have stayed in B and B rooms for the same price that were 3 times the size. All this being said...the neighborhood is convient and homey feeling. There is a grocery store right around the corner and the tube station is not much further. The hotel does feel very safe if the service is a bit lacking. I wouldn't go back to the hotel but I definitely stay in that neighborhood again. Save yourself the trouble and go to a local b and b...the street the Holiday Inn is on is littered with them. This would be an ok hotel if you are not looking for the personal touch that a b and b can give. It was overpriced and impersonal. But if you like that..sign up.
My wife and I stayed here in March of 2003. The hotel is going through renovation and we were lucky enough to get a new room. The room itself was wonderful and big for London standards. It had a modern comfortable look. We got into London at 8am and they let us check-in at 9am. It has over 900 rooms so for us early check-in was no problem. I paid about $100 U.S. for the room. I booked it 2 weeks before we left on the Holiday Inn web site which I found was the cheapest. The hotel is 2 blocks(3 minute walk) from the Gloucester Tube Station. For me it was a great hotel at a good value
Me and my girlfriend visited London last October and stayed at the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum. We were supposed to stay at another hotel, but for some reason (no rooms available or whatever) the travel agency ended up taking us to the Holiday Inn.I must say we had a very pleasant stay. The rooms were very nice, comfortable, quiet, and extremely clean. The buffet breakfast was incredible, with an included continental one (the english one was a little bit expensive, but worth it). I would definitely stay again at this hotel, and I find it highly recomendable for anyone. I think the little expensiveness of the english breakfast had something to do with the pound thing (the pound itself is extremely, I would say stupidly, expensive, and that's all the secret of it). The deposit you are bound to leave when you arrive is also outrageous, but that's not a problem, as they give it back to you when you check out.
Very Comfortable and Convenient
I stayed at the Hiday Inn/Forum last November and found it quite comfortable and very convenient. The room was perfectly adequate although certainly not luxurious. The clientele was mostly business with a lot of airline and Japanese groups. They even have a Japanese breakfast buffet. It is about a 30 second walk to the Gloucester Road tube station which is on 3 lines so you can get anywhere in London pretty quickly. However, Kensingon is pretty quiet so if you are looking for a lot of exciting night life you should go elsewhere.