It was Chelsea Flower Show week so most hotels wee fully booked and we were lucky to get a room.
The Gainsborough is apparently a 4 star hotel but felt like a tired 3 star hotel. The hallway room number signs had seen better days (as had some of the electrical points) and were held together with cellotape in places. Our room (number 118) had tall ceilings that probably measured more than the rooms width or length - so the very small double bed only just fitted. The side table, desk also showing signs of wear and tear. The tv was a vintage model - enough said. The bathroom tiled floor was cracked, the lavatory seat broken and only just hanging on. On the plus side the bath/shower attachment gave out strong flow of good hot water.
Luckily we were only there for one night but breakfast the next day offered a choice of the usual cereals and rolls but only some cheese slices and some processed ham slices as the "Continental" selection. No choice of a variety of cold meats or smoked salmon that we would expect from a 4 star hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imagine an English country home magically whisked to the most exclusive London borough, and you have The Gainsborough. Named after the celebrated artist, The Gainsborough combines the attractive style of bygone days with an easy informality. To stay here is to enjoy London of fashionable South Kensington, Harrods, the restaurants and antique markets, pubs and delightful backwaters of Chelsea and Knightsbridge. You are at the heart of the capital's culture too with great museums - Science, Natural History, the Victoria & Albert - nearby; and for music lovers, the glorious Royal Albert Hall is just minutes away. The well-stocked lounge bar is the spot for a leisurely drink or a snack from the light menu. With 24-hour room service, butlers on immediate call and a reception ever ready to meet your needs, nothing is too much for our attentive staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gainsborough Hotel London