The Kensington Hotel
Greeted with a smile and the immediate offer of assistance with luggage always bodes well. Reception proved friendly and efficient; within minutes with a glass of champagne in hand, the luggage was en route to the room. The location is hard to beat. It is perfect for strolling around the leafy streets of Kensington, walking further afield towards the parks or hopping on to the tube to discover all the city has to offer. South Kensington tube station is literally a couple of minutes walk. The museums and the Royal Albert Hall are on the doorstep, with the attractions of Harrods and Knightsbridge a few minutes further.
We stayed in a studio suite complete with four poster bed, broad oak flooring, heavy drapes and spacious bathroom. A stunning light filled room crowned by a huge chandelier, I could not fault it for comfort or facilities. The luxurious interiors are entirely in keeping with the historic building's architecture and a palette of cream, gold and blue was entirely conducive to a relaxing stay. All the amenities consistent with a luxury hotel are present including nespresso machine, minibar, TV with Sky Sports as standard, docking station, DVD player, free wi-fi, water, hairdryer, robes and slippers. I always like to see a full length mirror and it didn't disappoint. In fact, I honestly can't think of anything that is missing. The piece de resistance has to be the bathroom. Spacious and flooded with light, the bathroom comprises a double vanity unit, freestanding bath with LCD TV and separate shower. The Aromatherapy Associates bathroom amenities were in plentiful supply. Thoughtful touches include a shaving kit and dental kit, particularly helpful when travelling with hand luggage. The heritage styled shower unit was definitely the surprise element of the room, providing one of the most powerful showers I have experienced, stunning! The air conditioning was welcomely unobtrusive yet extremely effective, something which is not always the case. The turndown service was consistent with the quality experienced elsewhere; the Butler's chocolate on the pillows was a welcome treat. Another thoughtful touch was in the form of herbal tea delivered to your room in the evening.
A lively atmosphere greeted us at breakfast. The continental option offers a good selection of cereals, fruit, yoghurt, bread, meat, cheese and pastries. The a la carte menu was equally impressive. I can recommend the full English breakfast, the perfect way to start a hectic day of sightseeing in the capital.
The atmosphere in the Townhouse Restaurant is both intimate and relaxed allowing for a pleasant dining experience. The menu is sufficiently eclectic to meet all tastes. I opted for the Butternut Squash soup, followed by the fillet steak both of which I would recommend and my husband chose the Dublin Bay prawn cocktail followed by the fish and chips. On reflection, it was deemed my selection was the better choice!
All staff were cheerful and attentive throughout our stay. A particular thank you to Cillian in the restaurant who looked after us extremely well.
The public areas of this hotel are delightful and a calming atmosphere pervades throughout. The mix of contemporary and traditional interiors, sweeping staircases and fireplaces throughout, combine to create a convivial ambience. The K Bar is perfect for pre dinner cocktails and we sampled Rhub Awakening and The Kensington champagne cocktail, both of which did not disappoint.
The elegant exterior and the stylish interior of this Town House hotel, located in a desirable setting, is well matched by the quality and warmth of the staff. A stay at the Kensington Hotel would be high on my recommendation list for a luxury sojourn in London.