The Gore Hotel
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... and also got to see the engine room as well. Was a lovely view from up there. Fourth Stop we had to jump back onto the on and off bus and rode it all the way to Kensington Palace. We were allowed to take photos in here which was awesome. I did look out for Prince Will, Princess Kate and baby Prince George but wasn't able to fine them. We also went on the Carousel in Hyde Park as well, it we t a little ...
... to the study center, and connected via the basement. A dizzying array of stairs lead up to Flat 11 where I was staying. It must have been around the third story, but as the building is over 300 years old, and the stairs leant no distinguishable pattern, I could not tell. The flat is very nice. Two rooms, one bedroom with three beds, and a common area with a full kitchen, bathroom, couches, and a modern flat screen. The flat could even be called luxurious in ...
... The Church has a claim of having the Tradition of Welcome. You are just not welcome to take any photos. That made it just a little more challenging. It does help when one has a camera hanging around her neck…it did make for some good videos….and the pics were pretty good too!!!
We went to Westminster Arms for lunch – a little pub along the way to Hyde Park. Wine and rum n’ coke with lunch. My ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Gore Hotel London
Stayed at the Gore between Christmas and New Year for one night. As it was part of a surprise for my partner I paid for an upgrade to the Dame Nellie Room. Although the room was original and unusual, it was a lot smaller than the website indicates and very hot. The bathroom was also a bit tatty and yes, they are stingy with toiletries and I didn't feel that it was worth paying the extra for. The restaurant was nice and the food and the service good, although not exceptional. However, the biggest gripe must be that the bar closed at 10.15pm "because they weren't busy". I have to say that I was absolutely furious. When I insisted that they stay open until at least regular closing time, they grudgingly and I mean grudgingly, agreed to stay open until 11pm. On paying the bill the next day I complained and they removed the cost of the drinks from the bill.
Stayed at the Gore for four or five days in January 2004 and their service could not have been nicer. However, there are some problems that should be addressed for the price paid. The excellent restaurant should lighten up on the salt used by the kitchen. Everything was too oversalted, but very original cuisine. While the hotel was once an embassy, it does need a facelift in the rooms which seem alittle worn. Small TV set is rediculous and the cable or satellite was not working, so only 8 stations were accessible and no movie stations. The building is historic with some lovely features and my room was high ceilings, high Victorian/Edwardian bed, and lumpy loveseat. The small closet was fine, but minibar stuffed in closet made my dresses unable to hang. Good bathroom, very light and well arranged, but stingy with the bathroom amenities. Excellent and fast room service and staff were very helpful with most all my odd requests since I could not get around due to injury. The street is used by horseback riders going to the park and it's a nice sound to hear hooves clopping down the street. Nice neighborhood, very residential. Great housekeeping staff! Overpriced on things like food and wines, but atmosphere is good.
Over the past 4 years, we have stayed at the Gore 3 times, for 6 nights each, so we have some substantial experience at the place. We enjoyed our stay the first time, except for some of my wife's cigarettes being taken from a suitcase under the bed. The second trip was delightful: we had one of the largest rooms. We have just returned from our third trip, and have decided to stay elsewhere in South Kensington next time. Why? The $400 a night room was smallish, and had three problems: a missing bedside lamp, a burned out light bulb in the ceiling, and a screaming bathroom fan (sounded like metal on metal). The room faced Queen's Gate, which was okay except with the windows open, which was necessary because of the excessive heat otherwise. I can tell you that LOTS of emergency vehicles use Queen's Gate all night long. The hotel fixed the above-mentioned problems, but there were other issues. The toilet only flushed if the lever was pushed so hard that the top of the tank moved off center a few inches. The second bathrobe (reduced quality from our previous visits) disappeared, and didn't reappear. But the real reason I am writing this is the rogue taxi. We asked for a taxi to Heathrow, and got an unmarked van, i.e. a rogue taxi. Of course, we didn't HAVE to use the van, but we didn't expect to be ripped off at the Gore. Unsurprisingly, the rogue van cost 55 pounds, whereas the metered taxi to the Gore from Heathrow cost 33 pounds. So did the Gore staffperson get a kickback? You decide. The Gore has nice statuary and paintings and furniture, but that doesn't mitigate the shortcomings. You would do a lot better at No. 16 on Sumer Place!
The hotel is lovely. It is beautifully decorated, and has a great atmosphere. The staff was friendly. However, it has it's issues.
I booked a night at this Hotel because of its proximity to the Royal Albert Hall. In this respect it is excellent, but in other respects I felt it to be a let-down.
The Gore Hotel was just 'OK' in my opinion - certainly nothing to rave about. If you are visiting the Royal Albert Hall then the location is fabulous, just a 1 minute walk away.
However the hotel is overpriced for what it is. The room was very small (I know rooms in London are not spacious, but this was small!) and for the money they are charging, does not offer even the basic room facilities you would expect.
The staff were helpful and friendly.
I wouldn't bother staying at the Gore Hotel again.
I just returned from a 7-night stay (Boxing Day to New Year's) at The Gore. My review and comments are closely tied to the Gore's claim to four stars. Having traveled professionally more in Italy, Germany and Switzerland than in England (though having lived in London for most of 1982), I found the Gore did not live up to what I would expect, in those three countries, for four stars. (And I never stay at modern, cookie-cutter hotels, but at older, 'romantic' ones). The room was smallish, but about the size I expected, and the ground floor common rooms were charming. One of the best features is the hotel's restaurant, where I ate breakfast each morning: the food (waffles, fruit, eggs Benedict, fresh-squeezed juices, etc.) was excellent, fresh flowers sat on each table, and the service was prompt and friendly.
It was wonderful!
We have just returned from Christmas in London. We stayed at the Gore in the Tudor Suite and it was great. The location is perfect for walking in Kennsington Gardens. Someone said it was too far from the metro stations, but I disagree. It was a 15 minute walk along some lovely streets. Even with the cold winter weather the walk made us feel part of London. The only problem we had was the desk staff. They were inexperienced when it came to helping us with resturant information, but they did try. So many things were closed on 12/25 and 26. Overall however it was great and we would stay there again.
I booked this hotel on the basis of existing TripAdvisor reviews, and found myself thinking that maybe I hadn't stayed in the same hotel! I found the staff to be young, untrained, and singularly unhelpful. My single room (I had booked "run of the house") was tiny beyond belief.
Understated and Classy in Kensington
This is NOT a grand hotel or a ritzy place or a palace. It is, however, a converted 19th-century embassy with beautiful rooms and a lovely staff. You will find no pool or fitness center, but a charming parlor and antiques all over the place. The breakfast (not included) is great. This hotel made my visit to London extra-special, and I highly recommend it.