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long flight, but arrived in London early am feeling great. greeted by Tim at the airport (only 5 mins late). Long tube ride to Highbury, checked into luxury apartments at Wakelin House.
Armed with Oyster Cards and a packed lunch, took the Overground to Gospel Oak Stn to embark and explore Hampstead Heath. Learnt why Parliment Hill was so named by Cromwell just to annoy the Ruling Class, saw many mad dogs and owners out ...
... them. Soiled carpets, dirt, rust – not worth staying longer than a few minutes. We were getting very discouraged about the whole day. Due to the timing (right before a big bank holiday in the UK), there were not a lot of available places.
Our flat was the final flat we saw that day. We put in an offer in with a lower price and crossed our fingers. The offer was accepted the next ...
... I finished my meal with a lemon torte and sweet cream. Roisin abstained from a pudding in favour of afternoon tea.
We took afternoon tea (or in my case coffee) in a comfy area behind the bar. Our drinks arrived but no finger sandwiches or cream scones. Roisin queried this only to be advised that it was on its way.
Time for my 5:30 appointment. One wash and haircut later I returned to a less than happy Roisin.
“40 minutes!! 40 minutes ...
... and waited for a manager to come and sort it all out, an hour later success! They didn't get their seats changed! Never mind the restaurant was quick and the food was excellent, so we were back on track! The flight took 10 and a half hours and was a bit bumpy and the landing was ...
... more than a couple minutes really, and even when the crowds were enormous (after shows in the theatre district) people seemed to be processed and dispersed without too many problems. The lines are easy to make sense of and we got anywhere we needed so easily. I've just gotta hand it to London, the tube takes the prize when it comes to public transit. If only Calgary could take a lesson or ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kensington Rooms London
Our room was so-so---
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.
I'm a heavy sleeper so the traffic noise kind of hummed me to sleep.
The bathroom was super tiny and the shower was very odd. You had to step up to get into it. I'm not talking a small step either. If you are on the heavy side, then forget about it. There is no way you would be able to manuever yourself into this shower. (oh and the shower had peeling paint on the ceiling and mold on the tile grout.) Yuck. I asked if we could get a quieter room but the staff said they were fully booked.
The room was clean though. And the bed was big and comfortable. There is no air conditioning so you need to open the window (to the noisy traffic). The breakfast was OK - cereal, croissants, toast and coffee/tea.
I did use the internet computer in the basement and it was extremely expensive. I suggest going across the street to the internet cafe if you need to check your e-mail.
As far as location, it was a five minute walk to the Tube station. This was my first time in London and I would really rather be right in the center of the action.
I loved London and am definitely going back. But next time I would pick a hotel right in Soho or Picadilly. Then I wouldn't have to hop on the tube for everything. There were a few shops and restaurants in the area but nothing compared to Soho or Picadilly.
I did get a great rate at $81.00 dollars per night. So I really can't complain. You get what you pay for and we got our $80.00's worth.
A tale of two rooms - but good overall
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.
A bit noisy but...
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.
Two words to the wise: 1. Demand a room at the back because the traffic outside is terrible.
Windows are not double-glazed.
2. Avoid the email computer in the basement. It's highway robbery.
Do it again in a heartbeat!
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.