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The Kensington Hotel offers sumptuous designer rooms in an elegant townhouse on a quiet part of Queen’s Gate South Kensington. With designer furniture by George Smith and Julian Chichester in all rooms, light installations in the communal areas and personal touches like milk and cookies left by your bed and a complimentary bottle of water to take on your flight, this hotel is the last word in luxurious accommodation.
Rooms at the hotel range from Superior or Deluxe, to a variety of suites and are very well appointed with rich fabrics in muted colours and a guarantee of at least 18 square metres of space. Amenities include 300-count bed linen, free Wi-fi, a media hub and 37 inch TVs. In the suites, added specialities include a Nespresso Machine and tile vision TV so you can watch TV whilst you soak in the free-standing designer bath.
The Kensington Hotel's Aubrey Restaurant and Bar (named after a dignitary of Kensington's past, Aubrey De Vere, who was granted the estate of Kensington by William the Conqueror), boasts a Michelin starred chef and an eclectic menu of modern British Cuisine. As with the bedrooms, the bar and restaurant are decorated in a lavishly ornate, yet contemporary style and provide the perfect surroundings for a relaxing meal, or a cocktail provided by The Kensington Hotel's talented mixologists. Guests also have access to The Brompton Club, an exclusive members club where you can drink in style and rub shoulders with some of London's elite. However if this isn't to your taste, there are clubs and bars in the surrounding area, such as The Queen's Arms for a cheeky traditional pint, or Bar 190 for something a little more sophisticated.
The hotel's amenities include a concierge service, gym and treatments room and conference and meeting rooms are available if needed. The hotel caters for both business and leisure but the decor tends towards a boutique hotel so it doesn't feel too corporate and will undoubtedly impress any potential clients. Across the board, the staff have been reported to be exceedingly friendly and helpful, and are always willing to go that extra mile to ensure guests have a fantastic stay. The detail of the service is astounding, from waiting cups of coffee for guests who have a wake up call to mixing a special cocktail in the bar, the staff seem to anticipate guests needs to an almost psychic degree.
The hotel is very well placed in between Gloucester Road and South Kensington tube stations, which have direct links to King's Cross St Pancras, Paddington and Victoria stations; so if you are arriving by air, National Rail or Eurostar you will reach the hotel with ease. From these tube stations you also have a fast and convenient way of reaching other parts of London.
The hotel's location means that London's museum district is just a five minute walk away so you can learn about British arts and crafts at the Victoria & Albert Museum, see science in a different light at the Science Museum's IMAX or take in some of the earth's wonders at the Natural History Museum. One of London's biggest green spaces offers horse and solar shuttle rides if London's notorious weather is good, but if this isn't the case you can take in a show at the Royal Albert Hall.
The hotel may be a pricier option if you are on a budget, but the level of service you receive and the Rococo nature of your surroundings reflects the extra damage to your wallet, making this a worthwhile splurge. The hotel would be perfect for a romantic break, family holiday or business trip and will ensure that every aspect of your stay is stylish and sophisticated.