Thistle Kensington Gardens
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Heathrow without the Olympics was a picnic compared to last time. Customs and Immigration were almost empty the only about 40 people lined up, compared to the 300 companions during our 2010 visit. I said good morning to the Immigration officer, he grunted and kept his eyes sternly fixed on my document. I was worried, but he passed Melien and I …
We had a bit of a sleep in on the morning of the 27th, as Hudson had a horrible night sleep and had us up quite a bit. But we weren't slothing about for long, as we had to meet my cousin Kathy and my uncle Rodger in London at 1pm. I hadn't seen either of them for years so was quite looking forward to it.
We set off a little later than …
Royal Holloway is about a 40 minute trainride from central london.... needless to say I was in the city A LOT. It was where I stayed upon arriving to England, and I pretty much fell in love with it immediately. To me, it has all the coolness and vast diversity of New York, without the attitude.
I was lucky enough to see the majority of …
Ok, that's still not quite fair is it? Wow. What a whirlwind tour. This morning consisted of possibly the most humerous breakfast we have ever had here. After arriving late downstairs for breakfast - and once again having to wait a little while - we were ushered to the back room of the restaurant (theres a back room?!?), which appeared to be used …
You can tell when your almost ready to return home. You sleep in a little bit, take your time getting up in the morning. have a very lazy breakfast (that once again consisted of a lineup, and short wait), and just be slow, rather than trying to cram things in. After a slightly late start we headed off to the Getty Images Gallery. For those of you …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Thistle Kensington Gardens London
Good Location...easy access to London
I stayed from Oct 12th to Oct 15th, 2003.. I found the rooms nice in comparasion to what I heard about London.... You can spend more than $106.00 USD with breakfast but why..... I found the hotel staff helpful and pleasant...We had a nice view of Kensington Gardens... This was our 1st visit to London and I would definitely consider staying at Thistle Kensington Gardens again...
If you like them run down with poor service
If you like your hotels with peeling paint and wall paper, dirty carpets, creaking elevators and poor service in the resturant (you can finish breakfast while waiting for coffee) this is your hotel.
Also, I don't know how they got the pictures of the room-but they are far smaller than the picture would indicate. The desk staff is politely non-responsive or ignorant of London-they either refuse to or cannot answere questions-they send it all to the conceirge.
One redeeming feature, the conceirge staff at this hotel is truly outstanding and customer oriented. They have to be as the remaining staff knows nothing about the area.
Should the hotel owners want details, I will be happy to provide specifics.
Modern and comfortable.
The only drawback to the Thistle, in my view, is that is is quite far from Paddington Station and the Heathrow Express - definitely not walking distance. Still, a taxi was only 5 pounds. Rooms towards the back are quieter than those facing the street. There weren't many restaurants or shops around the immediate vicinity of the hotel, but the store next to the petrol station downstairs is like a mini-market and comes in handy.
Can't do better for your money. West end location is ideal with park right across the street. Bus to the city stops right outside the hotel.
Better than taking the tube as you can see everything. Staff is fabulous. They got us a room 3 hours before our check-in time as we were exhausted from the trip. Free breakfast is a bonus.
Stayed twice for 3 days in Oct 2003. Got a great rate of 67pounds for a triple including full breakfast from their website. They don't seem to appear on other discounted hotel sites. The second stay we got a similar triple for 84 pounds compared to posted rack rate of 213 pounds.I thought really an excellent value for the quality and the location. Bayswater Rd is busy and noisy, but the first room was silent, the second a bit of road noise. Looks recently updated, clean, and a pleasant staff. They have AC, personal safe, hairdryers, fridge.Needed a triple for traveling with our daughter. Triples did not appear in their on-line booking, but a call to their 800 number got us the same rate as a double.To me a perfect location across from the park/gardens, and two blocks from Queensway station on the Central tube line. Also about 4 blocks from two other stops. Queensway/Bayswater has many moderate priced restaurants and a shopping mall.This is very close to a couple other Thistles on Bayswater- I'm not sure how they compare, but Thistle seems to have bought a lot of properties at different levels. This one was great for an off-season trip!
Great Location & Nice hotel
Stayed at the hotel in June 2003. GREAT location, across from the Kensington palace & garden. Friendly & helpful staffs. Modern room with good size bathroom, central airl. The breakfast room was big & bright. Great buffe breakfast. You can catch a bus 2 minutes from the hotel to Knightsbridge & Marble Arch. The High Street tub station is 5 minutes away. The hotel is minutes from the Kensington shopping area, Royal Alber Hall, Alber Momerial, etc. You can book tours at the hotel & to be picked up from the hotel for the tours. I highly recomm this hotel for its location, value & service.
Excellent hotel, location
This hotel was excellent. Very clean air conditioned rooms, warm courteous staff, superior sunlit restaurant. Location, location, location. Tube stop and buses within 5 minute walking distance. I found super low rates at this hotel internet site and I am so glad I took advantage of them. The hotel is worth every dime spent.
I visited London in August 2002 duriing the Caribbean Carnival.
Hotel is in a great location near Bayswater & Queensway tube. Walking distance to restaurants and internet cafes. Great customer service. Hotel front desk staff are young. I was upgraded to an executive single without asking since there was availability. The single room is small like a dorm room, but spacious for one person. Bathroom is modernized with a great shower. I paid 37 pounds incl. VAT and full breakfast by emailing Thistle directly. Bargain price for what you get.The buffet breakfast is in a nice dining room. The attached lounge is open late every night and I saw many Americans sitting in there with beverages and snacks. Room service is prompt.Extremely safe neighborhood. After coming home each night, I would go to an internet cafe around midnight located around the corner and feel extremely safe. This hotel is down the street from Marble Arch and across the street from Hyde Park. Interesting observation is that Thistle has 2 more hotels on the same street not far further down: Lancaster Gate and Hyde Park.There is a petrol station (gas station) located under the hotel. There is a very convenient store in there. Inside the hotel, you have no idea of the petrol station.I have previously stayed at Hilton London Metropole and the Rembrandt. I am very picky about hotels. Although this hotel is a step down, it is in the same 4 star category. I will definitely stay at this property again.
Great place to stay for an average traveller.
We stayed at the TKP and really enjoyed it. I am not a luxury traveller, so it may not be top of the line, but compared to some of the other hotels we stayed at in London and Paris, this was by far the best. The room was large and the bathroom was modern and nice. There was a chain lock on the door (we didn't see this anywhere else) and a safe in the closet. Internet access and the little sitting area made this room stand out from the rest. It was convinient to shopping, restaraunts and the tube. It was very clean and quiet. I would definitely stay here again!
Very clean throughout and well appointed. We had a bright, clean, modern, upscale room with a nice view of the park. Quite comfortable, with a modern bath (best shower I've had in Britain), heating and air conditioning controlled via an electronic themostat, a safe, a fridge, remote controlled cable TV, phone. There was a usable desk and a small sofa/coffee table seating area. The hotel has ethernet internet access ports in rooms. There are key coded door locks, with security catches.