The Kensington Hotel in London, England
The Kensington Hotel in South Kensington, London, United Kingdom has been repeatedly voted the best urban luxury hotel in the United Kingdom. From its gorgeous interior and exterior, to the impeccable service and fine dining, it’s easy to see why The Kensington Hotel is a favorite of luxury travelers from around the world.
Location: London, England
Address: 109-113 Queen’s Gate
London, SW7 5LP
Staff Helpfulness & Friendliness: 5/5
Room size: 4/5
Room Amenities: 5/5
Room and Bed Comfort: 5/5
View from Room: 3/5
Food Variety: 4/5
Food Quality: 5/5
Internet Service Quality: 5/5
Proximity to Other Points of Interest: 5/5
Valet Parking: Yes
Recently Awarded “Best Urban Hotel UK” by Condé Naste Johansens Awards for Excellence 2019, The Kensington Hotel in South Kensington, London, England, is a beautiful luxury hotel in one of the nicest areas of London. From the moment we walked up to the hotel, the hotel’s staff were very happy to carry our bags, give us cold beverages and freshly pressed, organic raw juices, and they were happy to give us recommendation of things to do near the hotel. We spent our week in London here at The Kensington Hotel, and we loved every moment of our visit.
Located just a block back from South Kensington Station, the hotel’s location makes traversing London convenient and enjoyable via the tube, taxis, or even walking. Just a few minutes from Central London attractions such as Big Ben, the Tower Bridge, Westminster Abby, The London Eye, and so many more, The Kensington Hotel is a fantastic spot to set up camp to explore the city. It was even close to a few of our favorite cafés in London!
We never felt unsafe, even walking around at night. I will say that we hardly saw any other people on the streets nearby after dark, which was very strange in such a large city, and everyone else who returned to the hotel after dark was delivered by taxi. I’m not sure why this was, but it’s something to keep in mind, that perhaps people simply don’t go for strolls after dark here as we did.
We loved the decor of the hotel, which was a beautiful mixture of marble, gold accents, and shades of green and blue. There were several fireplaces around the hotel, and no shortage of plush armchairs to relax in, read a book, or sit and talk with loved ones. Our room was a bit smaller than a standard suite, but the hotel itself was originally a condominium, so the rooms are, overall, a bit smaller than average.
This turned out to be no trouble for us, as we spent most of our time exploring the city and enjoying the other amenities of the hotel. The bathroom was spacious enough for us to spread out our things for the duration of our stay, and the water pressure was phenomenal from the rain shower. The décor made the room feel very much like home, with a gentle botanical motif that lent a sense of tranquility to our peaceful room.
The hotel’s restaurant, Town House, is also where we enjoyed Afternoon Tea, and an incredible dinner. I was so thankful that they happily accommodated my gluten free, pescatarian diet. I’ve been to some places (none of which I’d ever waste my time writing about) that have been cruel when I asked for help selecting suitable meals, but the staff of Town House were so kind and helpful, and I was able to enjoy a wonderful meal with peace of mind. They even have an entire menu for vegetarians, and can make nearly everything on the menu gluten free.
Overall, we loved our stay here, and we would highly recommend this hotel!
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