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... half a mile along the edge of Hyde Park before I finally reached the nearest tube station. I had intended to go see the Princess Diana Memorial but I was so physically exhausted that the furthest into the park I could make myself go was just along the edge. I took the tube to Leicester Square, which is an open square in the area of London famous for it's theaters. I had meant to buy a ticket for Les Mis, but it was too expensive, so instead I decided to go to "Mamma Mia!".
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCrowne Plaza London Kensington
Great service, clean. Great amenities, well positioned, right downstairs is supermarket - Waitrose, and underground (tube station). Lovely area. Recommended.
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Yes, the rooms are clean and comfortable. Yes, the rooms are quiet (always a plus when the hotel is on a busy London road). But, the best feature of this hotel is it's location. Being just down the street from some very good restaurants is one plus. But, being across the street from the Gloucester Street tube station is the real selling point. Having a tube station almost at your door makes it very easy to use this hotel as a "base" to explore London or engage in day-trips into the outlying countryside and towns. Overall, it's a very solid choice when one is looking for London accommodations.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Crowne Plaza London Kensington
A southern girl's prospective!
I totally enjoyed my stay at this Holiday Inn, during December of 2003.
I traveled to London from Paris with 2 other females and we stayed in a room with 2 double beds, which is practically unheard of in Europe.The staff was very friendly and accomodating, to my surprise they even had a concierge, which is not typical in the usa for a holiday inn. The area surrounding the hotel is absolutely beautiful and convienent to the tube which is directly across the street. I you are interested in walking in the area the natural history museum is nearby and you may even want to stroll to Harrod's and the surrounding shops. If you are able to purchase the breakfast with your room for a discounted rate do so because it provides a nice variety! Overall, I loved London and the location and cleanliness of the hotel especially compared to Parisian hotels in the similiar price range. Additionally, the bathroom was very spacious and offered modern amenities and if you are staying for an extended period of time there is a burger king and starbucks a block away which was great for me considering i had been in europe for over 2 weeks by the time i reached London.
Nice Winter Visit
Checked in on 02/06/04 for 5 nights.Large hotel,room a bit small but very clean,temp in room worked fine.Nice Lobby with free newspapers to read.Staff was friendly,no surprises with bill.Pub is nice,more Yanks than Brits.Food is expensive,many restuarants in neighborhood though and supermarket 3 minute walk next to tube,and another one a 3 minute to the west.Mini bar in room but you have your own private space that will hold 4 cans of soda.Starbucks across from tube,5 minute walk.Felt safe all the time.Tube has 3 lines,District,Picadily,and Circle.No. 74 bus stops in front of hotel,avoid using during rush hour.Will be my first choice for hotel on my next visit
I've stayed here twice, both times in April, and it seems they don't shut off their heating system until May, so I was like an oven in the room. You can play with the thermostat of the supposedly "individually controlled" climate-control system, but it does not control the hot-water radiator heater; nor is there any valve which would allow you to shut it off. And the safety bolts in the window basically prevent you from opening the window. When I checked out a customer before me was complaining about it also. A previous review said that the place was too cold in winter, so maybe they save the heat for April! I wouldn't recommend it. There's another Holiday Inn across the street, which, if they've finally finished with all the renovation construction, would be a better choice.
Great Room, BUT COLD!
I've stayed at this hotel from Feb 18-22... The room was quite comfortable and spacious - King Executive Room. The Location was great - close to many restaurants, tube station, Harrods, museums. Actually, this area has loads of hotels, that's all you see walking while walking around. The are a few supermarkets around that cater to your every need. I've also stayed at the Holiday Inn across the road from this hotel - TINY TINY ROOM and the King Bed was two singles joined together and you felt the division in your back while sleeping, so you end up sleeping on a single bed for a King bed price!!!! But back to this hotel, the location and room was nice, BUT there was NO HEAT and it was FREEZING!!! I had to call up for a portable heater which barely warmed the room up a bit. Everytime they cleaned the room they left the window wiiiiddddeeee open, so I always come back to a FREEZING room, it was nuts! The staff did little to help with this. I would stay here again, just because it's quiet and the location is good.... the staff and cold room are the only cons... Oh, one more thing... the bath tub is like a foot off the ground and you had to climb to get in, and don't even try to raise your hand while showering - you'll hit the ceiling! :-)
I stayed there for 3 nights in late Oct 2003. Location was convenient.
Early in the morning of my check-out date, I was waken up by knocks on the door for "mini-bar stock check"!!! The hotel staff who handled my check-out was very rude. She was chatting with her colleague all along and even forgot to give me the payment receipt; and when I asked her for it, she literally threw it on the desk for me to pick up. Maybe I expect too much after reading the high ratings for this hotel in this website.
This hotel is excellent. Excellent rooms and the staff were very friendly. You must try the hotel's restaurant, as well. We ordered their 4-cheese pizza from the room service menu. It was late in the evening and didn't expect much for 11pm. It was truly the best pizza I've ever had. Stay here. This hotel will not let you down.
We moved to this hotel from a disastrous room at the Marble ARch Inn (not recommended!) at 10 p.m. at night. What a relief! The room was a decent size, good size bathroom, clean, etc. The breakfast buffet was one of the best we've ever had and you can eat outside in a lovely garden facing an old stone church. Plus the kids could run around a bit while we finished eating! Great location - across from tube station, plus nice area to walk around in. Walked from hotel to hyde park - about a 30 min. walk, to catch tour buses. Can't wait to go back again - would highly recommend this hotel.
Great hotel.Large facility near Gloucester Station that has trains going everywhere. We actually took a direct train from Heathrow to hotel.Go for the Executive rooms for a little bigger room. Business Center has internet access (no laptop hook ups) and there is dial up from the rooms.Would stay here again.
Ideally located for independent travellers. Just a few steps from Gloucester tube station, which is on the Picadilly line that ends at the Heathrow airport. The hotel is on the smaller size which makes it have a comfy feel. The breakfast buffet which may or may not be included in the room price is great. I have stayed there twice, but the second time my room was not ready even though I arrived after the official check in time. The staff had a bad attitude about it too. Ask for a room facing the little stone church in the backyard for a pretty view.
Holiday Inn to the rescue
After being terrorized by a holiday apartment rental gone bad, we took refuge at the Holiday Inn Kensington in one of their "executive rooms".
There are two HIK right next door to eachother. After undergoing a full resoration, the hotel is lovely. The room was large as was the bathroom. The airconditioning was fully functioning as was the hot water. Our room was clean and very pleasant. The staff was friendly and accomodating. The breakfast was very good. The hotel's garden was large, beautifully maintained and great for the kids to burn of some steam. The Glouchester tube station is just across the street so that makes it easy access on the Piccadilly & Circle lines. We would not hesitate to stay there again.