Hotels in Kensington
The insiders guide to staying in Kensington
This area can be found in the western part of central London and is an enclave of upmarket residentiality.
Within walking distance of Kensington are Hyde Park, Chelsea, Earls Court, and Knightsbridge.
Major attractions within walking distance include Harrods, Royal Albert Hall, Museums, Kensington Palace and the many restaurants of Kings Road, Old Brompton Road and Fulham Road.
Hotels in SW7 and W8
Hotels in Kensington are generally between 3 and 4 star with a sprinking of luxury 5 star.
The "hot spot" hotel area is around Cromwell Road in South Kensington, close to both Gloucester Road tube and South Kensington tube. Both stations have a direct tube connection (approx 45 mins) into Heathrow Airport Terminals and also, in an eastern direction, into the City of London.
Notable Kensington hotels:
The Ampersand Hotel - a 4 star boutique style hotel where the rooms have a design based on the local museum themes of botany, music, geometry, ornithology or astronomy.
The NH Harrington Hall - a 4 star hotel where comfort is the name of the game. Lovely well appointed bedrooms. Very close to the tube and on a fairly quiet road.
The Milestone has an amazing reputation for both comfort and service. Located right opposite Hyde Park with views across to Kensington palace. Very handy for the Royal Albert Hall.
Value for money:
Without a doubt the Kensington Close Hotel offers a fair price. Just 2 minutes from High Street Kensington tube station. Very quiet yet central location. With a normal budget to spend, this would be our choice.
Another choice of a cheap but good Kensington hotel would be 1 Lexham Gardens. This 3 star is situated on the border of South Kensington and Earls Court. It is on the corner of Cromwell Road and thefeore there can be road noise if you are at the front. However the location is superb and the prices very good.
Big and characterless but good:
The Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is huge and towers above the landscape (and the traffic noise). This hotel offers the usual corporate type bedroom but has superb public areas. One tip here - dont bother with breakfast, there are so many cheaper options within a couple of minutes walk.
Very tight budget:
It is possible to stay in Kensington "on the cheap". So long as student at the nearby Imperial College London are on vacation. You can book a pretty good room on the camous cheaply. Check it out at Beit Hall Campus. The ensuite rooms are of a quite good 3 star standard. There is a 25m swimming pool and, no road noise!
Advice about which Kensington hotel to pick
If road noise is an issue then beware of hotels on Cromwell Road or Gloucester Road and request a room at the rear. Specific hotels include The Montana, Rydges, Crowne Plaza Kensington, The Vanderbilt and the Kensington Rooms. Cromwell Road is a main arterial road into central London and is busy 24x7.
If you are travelling in from Heathrow, then South Kensington is a direct no-change easy journey on the tube from inside the airport. Far quicker and cheaper than by taxi.
All Kensington tube stations (High Street, Gloucester and South) are on the Circle and District tube line which travels all around Zone 1 and out to the Tower of London.