The Gore Hotel
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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.
The Gore is a little bit different and the old newspapers and pictures etc, are great, but I would not pay the exorbitant prices for what really was only mediocre service and not such a great room.
Nice, but not that Nice.
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.
Third, and last, trip to the Gore
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!
Beautiful Hotel but has some issues!!!!!
The hotel is lovely. It is beautifully decorated, and has a great atmosphere. The staff was friendly. However, it has it's issues.
1. Our original room had NO SHOWER. The only option was to take a bath. I have not attempted to take a bath and wash my hair in a bathtub since I was 5 years old. If they even had a shower head you could hold, that would have been OK, but there was nothing. You would have had to lay flat in the tub and stick your head under a faucet that was only probably a foot and a half from the bottom of the tub.
2. Our original room was on the top floor. The elevator ends, and you have to climb steps to get there. Plus there was a set up in the room. We can handle this, but if you are elderly, it would be a nightmare
3. If you take the subway, it is about a 15 min walk to the closest tube. We would recommend a Hotel closer and more convenient.
The good news about the original room, is that they said there was no way to move us, but after 2 complaints from us, the did move us. The room they moved us to again was decorated beautifully, but the bed was really hard and uncomfortable.
Based on the uncomfortable bed and the location, I would not stay in this Hotel again.
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.
I had a very small single room which was quite dark. There was no bedside lamp (i.e. had to turn the light off before getting into bed) the TV was a very small one with appalling reception and if one wanted to use the in-room safe one would need either to be 7 ft. tall or carry a portable stepladder. In addition there were no in-room tea or coffee making facilities - especially important when you are travelling alone and generally expected in Hotels in the UK nowadays - especially at the price charged. The Continental Breakfast was very limited and extra items very highly priced.
On the plus side the Hotel decor is interesting and my room was very clean. However, overall I think it was poor value for money and I would not use the hotel again.
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.
The Gore: acceptable, but four stars?
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.
Note that we had obtained a great rate of 139 pounds/night for two, including all taxes, through the web. That sum also included anything on the breakfast menu; for two, the full breakfast would amount to about 35 pounds per day, or about $60 at the current exchange rate! The walls are covered with old prints and you'll enjoy the old news clippings in the tiny lift. The bathroom in our room was small but the shower was nice, with copious hot water. The bed linens were lovely.On the down side: most things looked tired or frayed and in need of paint (in the case of the rug, of cleaning). Every single slat of the bed in our room was loose, making a sleep-jarring racket every time one so much as stretched a limb (the handyman finally screwed every slat into the frame, fixing the problem). The English tradition of a separate tap for hot and cold water in the sink is still honored. There was no facial tissue, clock or radio; complimentary toiletries are limited to shampoo and bath gel. There was one bathrobe in a room for two.The service at the front desk varied widely, depending on who was working.
Service was always polite but ranged from useless (conflicting answers about nearby restaurants open on Boxing Day) to helpful (making reservations when we provided a business card for the establishment in question). As we left and headed to Victoria Station, we asked that the concierge call a cab; what arrived was a shady, apparently non-licensed cab, whose driver tried to charge us 25 pounds for what had been a 9-pound ride when we took a legitimate cab upon our arrival. I bargained down to 15, but certainly learned the lesson not to accept such 'service' again.These shortcomings in a hotel claiming 4 stars, coupled with a location relatively far from the nearest tube (the hotel is about equidistant from the Kensington High St., Knightsbridge, and South Kensington stops; it's much more convenient to take a bus, which stops very near) mean I would probably look elsewhere next time. It was not that The Gore was bad. For the price we paid, very off-season, it was acceptable. But, in my experience, it did not live up to the rave reviews on this website, nor to its claimed star rating.
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.
Nothing wrong, but nothing right either.
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.
My biggest problem was that the room was just not comfortable. The tiny desk was impossible to work at, and I had to stand on my head to plug the computer into the -- very slow -- data port. The light was so terrible there was no way to read - and what little light there was from the bedside lamp was blocked by the stupid half-teastor, while the dark green walls absorbed what little light did emerge. There was no place to sit in the room other than on the bed. My ordered newspaper showed up after I had already read the free copy in the breakfast room.
The breakfast buffet was bleak. The location is good for everything, wonderful for nothing - about equidistant from three tube stops and a long walk from all of them. But, there wasn't exactly anything wrong with the hotel either. Just nothing special - you can do much better for the price.
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.
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