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The Gainsborough Hotel
Ranked #788 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Reviewed 24 May 2013

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.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 May 2013 via mobile

Such a value for $85 a night! S. Kensington is my favorite London neighborhood because of ease of transportation, excellent restaurants, and proximity to museums and excellent shopping.

Breakfast was excellent. The coffee was fresh and strong. The wait staff superior. One young lady went so far as to make me fresh lemonade.

The front desk staff was perfunctory. A smile would go a long way.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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1  Thank Petruchka
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

I would definitely not rate this hotel as a four star. The decoration is definitely tired and I would call it "cheap English country style." The room did not seem very clean and the bed was very hard. Also, rooms facing the street are very noisy. Room rates are quite high so for this price, I think you can find better in London. On a positive note, it is well located, not far from South Kensington tube station.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank londonmlle
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

We got a pokey room for three. Old fashioned decor, a tv that came from the ark. The room clean but the poor decor made it look grim. The beds were just the most uncomfy ever but good if you have back problems!

Total lack of management, if you wish to complain, but don't worry the receptionist will kindly call the manager at home to arrange discount to make the cost bearable. Apparently we were paying a high rate so discount made it the usual rate which was ironic. To be fair the receptionist was lovely and very appologetic and I suspect is used to complaints. There are plenty of hotels in London far better. We stayed at the Ibis the following night which is 2 star and it was fantastic in comparison. Not sure how it gets a 4 star rating the inspector must have been having an off day!

I think the lack of replies on trip advisor from the management says it all.................

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Meme102
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

Just around the corner from V&A Museum, South Kensington Stations, a taxi rank, walking distance to Hyde Park etc etc. it's a great location with great access to London sights.

Yes, as other have said, the rooms are very small and the place is dated (though not without a certain character it has to be said), the television is old and the room was a little cold, but its clean and I slept well.

If you're looking for a cheap room to access London, perfect. If you're looking for somewhere to spend any amount of time in, possibly not the best.

Has to be said, night staff were very helpful when I took unwell.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

This hotel is in a perfect location for touring London. Was very worried after reading some bad reviews but for the price we paid (£89 for a twin room) in this location we couldn't complain. Yes, the rooms and en suites are a little tired, but ours was spotless and the beds were very comfortable. To be honest I could have done with another blanket as it was snowing while we visited and I was a little cold, but I could have asked for one if I was that bothered!
Our room was an average size, with a small en suite and faced the back of the hotel so didn't have a view, but since we only wanted to crash for the night this didn't matter as we spent very little time there.
If you want luxury, this isn't it. However, if you want a clean and comfy room in a perfect location then this hotel is ideal.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank cityt0urist
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

Good value for location (twin room £89 for 1 night) right next to Royal Albert Hall. Room clean and beds were really comfy. No tea or coffee making facilities and no iron were the only let down. Breakfast wasn't included but was £10 (we went to Chelsea Kitchen instead for a lovely 5er brekkaz). Staff also very friendly. Will definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Address: 7-11 Queensberry Place | South Kensington, London SW7 2DW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > South Kensington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#396 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range: $144 - $278 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Gainsborough Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 49
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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