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The Kensington Rooms Hotel is in the heart of one of London's most picturesque districts. Located centrally on Cromwell Road, named after one of England's greatest military and political leaders who used to reside in Kensington; the hotel's Victorian facade reflects the grandeur of the surroundings and the hotel's funky, colourful interiors offer style as well as comfort.
Rooms available range from basic Town Rooms and plush City Rooms, to luxurious Urban Studios and include satellite TVs, Egyptian cotton sheets and a direct-dial telephone to ensure you have a comfortable stay. As the hotel is in a side street, rooms are quiet and allow guests a peaceful night's sleep. They also offer a high standard of comfort, but can be small and basic for the price, and not as glossy as the website pictures suggest; so if you are looking for lavish opulence you may wish to stay elsewhere.
The hotel does offer snacks and cocktails in their trendy, mood-lit cafe bar Room 9 and the hotel's restaurant can cater for groups of up to 20 diners. Breakfast is available at an additional cost, although there are a range of cafes, including Benugo Cafe and the Waterhouse Cafe in the Natural History Museum nearby, which may offer more choice.
Hotel amenities are standard, including a 24 hour reception, luggage storage, free wireless internet access, fax and photocopying facilities and a creche or babysitting service so parents can have a worry free night on the town. There have been reports that the wireless is unreliable, so it may be worth finding an internet cafe or using the free internet at the Victoria & Albert Museum nearby.
The hotel is well appointed for business guests and corporate hospitality is a speciality. Four conference and meeting rooms are available with various capacities. These rooms can be adjusted to banquet, theatre, classroom or U-shaped styles and conference facilities and award winning catering services are also available. The hotel largely caters for media functions and seems to be geared more towards business guests than tourists; however, the hotel is very well situated for tourist attractions. The Royal Albert Hall; the Natural, Science and Victoria & Albert Museum are all within walking distance. Hyde Park, one of London's largest green spaces is also nearby, where you can ride a horse at Hyde Park stables, ride the solar-powered shuttle boat or simply stroll around The Serpentine Gallery's extensive modern art collection, or through their Pavilion, which a renowned artist is asked to update every year. If you are attending an event at Earl's Court or Olympia's exhibition centres, these are also nearby.
The hotel also has excellent travel links. Gloucester Road and Earl's Court tube stations are both a short walk away, with direct links to Victoria station (if transferring from Gatwick); Paddington (if transferring from Heathrow); and King's Cross St Pancras (if travelling by Eurostar), so your journey will be fast, easy and convenient.
If you are attending or holding a conference and need a comfortable, quiet place to stay this hotel may be right for you, but anyone celebrating a special event or looking for a lively atmosphere should look elsewhere.