The Villa Kensington
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Villa Kensington London
Typical London Hotel
Location is fine, rooms are tiny. (according the hotel details: richly appointed.... has to be a joke)
Staff is rude. All in all a typical London Hotel
Very honest staff--Left jewelry in room, they mailed it to me in USA
I found this hotel on the Internet and it turned out to be a good value. Strong points are proximity to Gloucester station, quiet street, cleanliness, low rate, and an honest staff. My wife left a pouch full of jewelry in our room. When we called the hotel the next day from NY, they already had it placed away in their safe. A week later we had it all back. Weak point was only the size of our room-very small--but most of our time was spent walking London anyway. Desk staff could have been a little more outgoing and welcoming, but were helpful nonetheless.
It was ok and the price was nice.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The double room was very small, but it was great to have a private bath. The water took a while to warm up.
It's a good idea to take your shower early since after sleeping in the water didn't ever warm up. From what I understand this is typical of London hotels.The only complaint we had was that every afternoon between 3:30 and 6 someone goes aroudn to all the rooms to check the mini fridge. For some reason the maids that made the beds couldn't do it. That was usually when we were trying to have a bit of a siesta before going out for the evening.
Nice place to stay.
Stayed 3 nights at the end of September. Hotel is on a quiet street, two blocks from the tube station. The room was very small compared to US standards but clean and comfortable. No air conditioning, in my case it didn't matter, but something to think about in mid-summer. Friendly staff, shower had a problem, water temp was HOT or VERY HOT. Would stay there again.
Dont Stay Here!!
Do NOT stay at this hotel! We had NO HOT WATER on any of the days of stay and were told that this was too bad. Management were rude and staff uncaring. The room was tiny - we couldnt open our suitcases properly in the room - and the bed was small and basically a sponge mattress. Breakfast was surprisingly ok - variety of cereals on offer. Overall DONT STAY HERE if you want someone to listen to you when a problem goes wrong. We were told that "Ive heard this complaint many times before - its an old building, what do you expect?". Well, for one we expected hot water in our room....what more can we say?!
Great place to stay
May family and I stayed at the Abcone hotel at the end of June 2003.
The hotel is facing a quiet park in a wonderful location in Kensington.
It's only a few blocks from the tube and a walk away from Harrods. It's very clean and beautifully decorated. The continental breakfast was included. It was vey satisfactory, if a little basic. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We will definetely stay there again.
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... drink tea. While we were there a large group were hurried along to view the bridge (from below....no time for climbing) while their guide joined us drinking tea! Faise asked if we'd like to stay there for our lunch so we must have been there at least 2 hours which was fantastic. As we prepared to leave another small group strived and once again the guide sat drinking tea as his clients wandered off to take photos. We have been so fortunate to have had the chance to get a ...
... for a performance of Handel's "Messiah" - absolutely superb, wonderful setting. Back to the hotel and bed.
I have decided, as Jen and Terry really are struggling to make it on just her salary, I will get them a Thank you and Christmas gift combined - a good piece of meat, and hopefully a nice bottle of Australian red wine - can't think of anything else they would appreciate as much.
6 December : Was going to ring home this morning but Victoria Post Office was ...
... it was due to stress leave from that class. Naturally I declined the job offer as it was my 3rd day teaching and still want to be able to enjoy London! One more horror story before I get the good parts. I got called up to a school in North East London. Walking from the tube to the school, I thought the area seemed alright so I thought sweet, nice easy day with angelic children. Oh no, again I had year 1s first then year 2s the second half of the day. I was ...
... very good as was the 2000 years of London's history where we boarded carriages that were like the black London cabs and they took us round the eras eg the plague, great fire of London, the Monarchy, wars etc. loads of photos, not many of Molly but she has heaps on her own camera so will share when we are home. One again we are very tired but we are going to the local for a pie and pint for ...
... to Columbia road flower market. Crushed by people but excellent flowers. All colours of rainbow wafts if scent and all languages. Watching some show men " twenty for a fiver" and " Trevor skiving off" and great experience. Pick to canal and coffee along way dodging joggers and cyclists. Angel to Vodafone and got SIM cards. Took a while and no SIM for iPad. Lunch at Winchester with roast two for one ...