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Historical Traveler Reviews 54 Boutique Hotel London
I stayed in a single room on 20 May - it was really quiet and I slept like a log. Room was beautifully kitted out and the staff were all really friendly. A lovely hotel which I would love to stay in again.
A Great Find
Got a good last minute deal on a single room (£79/ night) for this hotel on lastminute web site. Very well located, courteous staff and the complimentary coffee (brewed to your taste) in the bar/lounge area adds a great welcoming touch. The hotel is a lovely old London townhouse but beware, not all rooms are accessible via the lift so you may have to negotiate a couple of flights of stairs with your luggage.My only criticism was the cost of the phone which was extremely overpriced (almost the cost of the room for one night for a 15-20 minute conversation!). Use your mobile!Having said this, it wouldn't put me off returning as hotels like this in London (certainly at the price I paid) are few and far between.
Wonderful stay -
Lovely hotel. Read the reviews before deciding to book and they were spot on. Clean linen, lovely high ceilings, very friendly staff and good breakfasts. Ambience excellent and unusual for a central London hotel - the staff genuinely care about whether you are having a good time and what you think of their hotel. I would have given this 5 stars except for one thing. The steam in someones shower room set the fire alarm off rather early waking us all up at 6:30am! This needs to be sorted - there are warnings in the bathrooms about this.However, I liked the hotel so much I would definitely stay there again, in spite of that problem!!!
So very relaxing!
I booked a single room at The Queensgate through the VisitLondon site, and I got a very good rate of £400 for a total of four nights. It was unfortunate that I hadn't more time to spend there, as the hotel was just what I needed (and still need!) - small, intimate, quiet and extremely relaxing. In a city like London the best hotel deals are usually to be had with big chain hotels, which are usually quite well-appointed, but lack the charm that a place such as The Queensgate has in spades. As other reviewers said before me, the hotel is not 100% perfect, but then who cares when your overall stay is so agreeable?
It's true, on the first night (I don't know why) the heating in my room was off, so it was a bit chilly inside. The next morning, however, I told the staff about the problem, which was immediately solved. The bathroom was not heated though, but the shower worked so wonderfully well that you didn't really feel any discomfort after that. And I absolutely loved the waffle bathrobe! Continental breakfast was more than OK with me - fresh fruit is something I cannot do without in the morning, and they even had kiwifruit, which I love. The bar is a lovely room at the front of the hotel, even though the seating. However, it was very nice to be able to have breakfast in a room which was not crowded as it happens in big hotels. The staff were consistently friendly and helpful as well. Other minor snags might be the location of the room (on a landing between two floors, so a bit awkward to manage with a suitcase) and the scarcity of storage space for my belongings. However, the advantages of the place vastly exceed any such minor complaints. I have to admit I'm looking forward to going back to The Queensgate very soon!
Nice if a little small
Stayed in this hotel for 3 nights in March 2004. Very good location, close to the tube and the very nice kensington area. Room was booked via lastminute.com and the rate was half the hotel standard rate.
However I think this was reflected in the size / style of room we had.
One curiuos thing was that the wardrobe was located outside of the locked bedroom door in a small corridor with another door leading on to the landing, strange as anyone coming through the first door would have access to all you clothes, was OK once you got used to it. Otherwise the staff we excellant and very helpful / rooms were of good quality with large comfortable beds. Continental breakfast was fine, if a little repetitive after 2 days. Would go back but prefer a better room.
I guess the old addage of you get what you pay for applies..
One from the Niche Hotel group. 1 weeks stay was all I expected and more. Located in a great part of london, I felt more like I was coming home, instead of a hotel. The staff was friendly and catered to every need within reason. Continental breakfast was wonderful, have to say the best croissants I have had in years. The room was a surprise, as I had read that they were quite modest and small. I was in a deluxe twin, and the room was huge with balcony overlooking the Natural History Museum, the bathroom was larger that I had expected. The Frette sheets were very soft, though the beds were a tad hard. We had a couple incidents with missing soap and loo paper, but the staff was very apologetic. With there being only 1-3 staff at a time, they had to wear many hats. Felt that that the rate was well worth it, call them directly, you get better rates, than online. Would stay there again, or at any other Niche hotel...
Our home in London
We spent about 3 weeks in Europe and booked into 2 different centrally located hotels in London (the other was at High Street Kensington). The Queensgate was our last stop and our absolute favourite of all the good hotels we stayed in. It is centrally located, clean and contemporary in design with a high ceiling. Our absolute favourite part of the stay was the people. Annabelle and her team...we felt so at home throughout the stay.
The full service bar and free coffee and tea flow was a big plus because of the cold weather. The big wide smiles that come with it made it feel so homely after a busy day. Many friends who visited us were totally impressed with the level of service and the contemporary simplicity of the room design.
Our children 6 & 8 wanted to help at the bar and the staff kindly taught them how to make cappuchino and espresso and served them...it made their trip so memorable.
We left one of our bag packs behind and Annabelle personally went to the post office and arranged to have it sent back to us.
We have made it our home in London and would highly recommend it to anyone contemplating a child-friendly place to stay in London. A great secret that is almost too good to share.
A gem in the making
The Queensgate is not perfect, but it's very good. We got a good rate, making the value-for-money hard to beat. The hotel is small, spare and simply furbished. Our room was cozy, quiet, nicely lit, with high ceilings and a lovely view of the Natural history museum. A little wear-n-tear was evident, but nothing bad at all. The staff were uniformly friendly and helpful, and that seems to set the congenial tone among the guests. Highly recommended.
Charming, Quaint, Friendly Hotel
The Queensgate Hotel is a quaint, boutique hotel located near (just across the street or down the block from The Natural History Museum and the Albert and Victoria Museum) main attractions in a quieter but happening part of the city. The rooms are relatively spacious for London hotels, and they are decorated in a pristine, minimalistic style. The bathroom was topnotch with marble and granite, and the shower could be adjusted to the strength of a fireman's hose. No problem with water pressure or losing hot water here. The only problem is that the shield needs to be extended so that water wouldn't spray onto the floor. Expect bleach white, clean linens and the best croissants and coffee every morning. The continental breakfast is very good. They just need to add one or two more different items. The price of the hotel was good through an online service. I wouldn't have paid more than what I did. But the best part of this hotel is the professional staff. They are a young bunch who were so friendly and hospitable and knowledgeable about where to go, what to see, and how to get there. And they thoroughly catered to my wife and I, even after we had changed our reservations three or four times. They are the best, and we will certainly return to the Queensgate.
Best place in London, if you can book online with a discount
Great service, great staff, great clean, modern rooms. The sheet and bedding are all white, so you know they are clean, unlike hotels that use dark bedding to hide dirt. Common room has a full-service bar and free tea and coffee for hotel guests all day and all night. This was a plus on those chilly days spent wandering London. Natural History Museum directly across the street. Location a definite plus - upscale residential neighborhood. Not touristy at all! We booked online with travelocity for half the posted rate at the hotel, otherwise there is no way we would have been able to afford it. So, if you can book online, wonderful value for the $! Tube about a 7 minute walk away. We had reservations at a different hotel for part of our stay in London and I cancelled so we could be at the queensgate the entire time. I will definitely stay there again on my next trip!
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