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... our guide, had a loud voice so at least we were able to hear him throughout the walk.
Chancery Lane is on the western edge of the city of London and our walk, although 2 hours long, stayed in this area. The title of the walk was Secrets of London. Well, I don't know about secrets but there were some pretty interesting sights and stories revealed.
Dr Samuel Johnson is a most revered figure in London, although we ...
... headed back to Trafalgar Square as it was near the train station we wanted, on the way through we stopped to watch a street entertainer, well soon he had selected Geoff & then Maurice to assist him. This was hilarious as they helped hold a rope with some other guys while the entertainer walked the rope & juggled knives. By the time we got home it was really late and every one was pretty tired with another big day in London scheduled for ...
... 7 stories! I walk through it to see what it was like and in my opinion I think it would have to be every parents worst nightmare. We then walked along Oxford st. to see the marble arch, which is just a really large arch beside the road....don't understand why they didn't incorporate it in to the road.....really strange! Next we caught the Underground through to the Monument, which was built to commemorate the great fire of London. Anyway is a ...
... 10.00. So off the next day wee bit more sightseeing and to top it off I saw the Queen (tick) she passed us in the street with her husband and entourage of security, I did wave but she chose to ignore me :(( Did I mention we got kicked out of Harrods (tick), well they wouldn't let us in with our ruck sacs can you imagine two Irish folk with ruc sacs what did they think we had in them ...
... you described to me. The weather is cold! I'm taking lots of pictures and trying new foods!
Shae-Lynn: I'm in London now! The weather is kind of cold, but there's no snow! I've bought so much stuff already and I've only been here for a day! Make sure my cat is doing alright, and isn't too lonely.
Austin: Seeing all of the old buildings and architecture is great, although the crowded streets are annoying. Taking the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kensington Rooms London
I stayed at Kensington Rooms for three nights (Aug 1-4, 2003). Our room was small - on the 1st Floor on the noisy street side. People were not kidding in the other reviews when they said the street side is noisy.
Our family of five stayed here for three nights during our visit to London mid-July 2003. It was a tale of two rooms. The triple was huge, with a beautiful bath. The twins bath was tiny (it looked like a converted closet), too small for a large person to negotiate. The hotel was spotless and stark with modern furnishings. Bedding was comfortable, with great large pillows for sitting up in bed. The triples windows opened on a centre airshaft; that didnt provide enough circulation- the room was warm through the night (outside daily high 25C). Location is fine, 3 blocks from the tube. Many restaurants are nearby. Staff was young and very responsive. The continental breakfast was a disappointment, with few choices. It was a pleasant stay, but not so terrific that we'd automatically return here.
Nice, Clean Hotel. Not Stellar.
This hotel was very clean. The decor was very wannabe "W" style, but still nice. The best things about the hotel were: (A) Comfortable, clean beds, and (B) The Sainsburry supermarket across the street. The rooms are quite small, and the bathrooms even smaller. You have to travel at least 10 doors to get to your room, so don't bring too much luggage! The location is good and the price fair for a pricey town like London. Don't expect anything too grand and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
My first impression was very bad. I was put in a tiny room with a bathroom about as big as a closet (not walk-in) with peeling paint, water-stained ceiling and chipping plaster. The noise from the street was so loud I would never have been able to sleep. Fortunately a girl in reception moved me to a larger quieter room toward the back, which was much better, even though the bathroom was still microscopic. The breakfast was very good and the staff friendly but was composed of students with no hotel training, dressed like students and not as part of a 4 star hotel staff. There was no AC. After the first initial shock I can say my stay was pleasant.
My wife and I spent 5 days here in late May. We booked an incredible deal on ..., and got a king-bedded room for $100.00 per night, including VAT and continental breakfast. At this price, I was skeptical that the pictures on the website weren't going to be what we would find once we got there. I was wrong. This place was probably the cleanest, most immaculate hotel I've ever stayed in anywhere in the world. It appeared that everything was brand new. And the bed...without a doubt the most comfortable king-sized slice of heaven we have ever slept on. The room was a little snug, but not cramped, and part of that was the huge bed sitting in the middle of it. As hotels go in London, we should have paid three times what we paid for the Kensington Rooms. The decor of the hotel is very contemporary and very hip. The staff is friendly and available, without hovering. The continental breakfast was basic, but very good; tasty croissants, yogurt, cereal, juice, coffee, etc. Other nice features included a Sainsbury's grocery store directly across the street, and a small shopping area at the tube station. Oh yes, the tube station is only 2-1/2 blocks, and it is on the Picadilly Line which brings you directly in from Heathrow.Bottom line: I would recommend this hotel very highly. We would stay here again in a heartbeat!
A European W
They don't have any W Hotels in Europe, but the Kensington Rooms are about the closet thing to a W Hotel. The rooms were first rate, the bar was real cool. Stayed there twice in a one week period. The first room was a large suite on the top floor, the second room was smaller on the first floor. Both rooms were great. If you like the W you'll love the Kensington Rooms.
Very modern, cool hotel. Friendly staff, very helpful. I got sick on my trip and had to stay in the hotel most of the time. The room we were in was right next to construction, but the staff was very accomodating and moved us to a wonderful, quieter room without charging more or being burdened. I was very grateful to be staying at such a helpful place. Great location, great neighborhood. Comfy beds and awesome extra-big pillows. Clean, nicely decorated, felt very at home and welcome. Would recommend this hotel highly and would stay there again without hesitation.
Nice for the price
We stayed at Kensington Rooms for a week in mid-May/03 and found it quite nice. While the room was a little chilly, a huge comforter on the bed kept us warm at night. The room, towels, bathroom were all neat and clean; staff was friendly and helpful. Wonderful location (quiet, lovely hotel district; near tube station, stores, restaurants). Would recommend this hotel as our stay was a smooth and relatively comfortable one. Only one complaint: they advertised in-room coffee-maker yet we didn't receive one and was told that they weren't available ... but that's okay I guess ... forced us to get out early in the morn for a hot cup of java and onto our sightseeing adventures. Would stay there again (perhaps in warmer weather). Have a great trip ... London is brilliant!
Hip, sparkly clean hotel
Kensington Rooms is an ultra-modern, ultra-hip hotel decked out with pop art, soft earthy colors and designer furniture. The young and beautiful staff was very accommodating and charming. Our room was pearly, white and clean, with the same stylish decor found elsewhere in the hotel. The bed was incredibly comfortable. Smallish room, but not by European standards. The bathroom was a bit cramped, but again, not for Europe. Nice little touches like magazines, bottled water and oversized pillows add to the already pleasant experience. A top notch hotel that's a great value.Would stay there again without hesitation.
Kensington Europe Hotel
Small hotel nice room plumbing is a little quirky but overall nice. Staff a bit young and inexperienced.