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Kensington House Hotel
Ranked #492 of 1,088 Hotels in London
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Chester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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“Nothing special!”
Reviewed 25 March 2012

Stayed in room 209! Very small, no curtains, blinds wouldn't close, bathroom like a broom cupboard! Breakfast is free as no one in their right mind would pay for it! Better value and quality elsewhere!

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 March 2012 via mobile

Nice modern conversion of a traditional Kensington terrace. Located just off Ken High Street opposite the park. Shops and restaurants are a couple of minutes walk. High st Kensington tube is about a 10 minute walk. In the other direction the Albert Hall was a 10 minute walk and Harrods about 30 mins. If going to Harrods meander through the back streets to see the real Kensington rather than along the High Street.


Room was small but well kitted out and with clean modern decoration. Despite being at the front it was quiet and had a good night sleep. Rate included a nice buffet breakfast - not a massive choice but it was all fresh and good quality. Cooked options are available as a paid for option and were freshly cooked and worth it.

Breakfast is the only meal served and the bar is soulless but as there are at least a dozen eating options within a 5 minute stroll then it really wasn't an issue

There is a lift to all 4 floors and all in all, for London prices, this was a really good value comfortable option in a perfect location.

Stayed March 2012
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Valencia, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2012

After many years and hotels in London, including 5 stars there is a small charming hotel that will suit everyone, at a great price. Located off Kensington High street . Other reviews have complained about the construction noise but dont be afraid, it minimum and only during the day when your out. We noticed nothing even walking by site. The rooms are small but very clean, free WIFI, nice little bar with a small but complete breakfast buffet. The staff are as good as any 5 star hotel. You are 15 minutes walking to Museum of Natural History, VA Museum and Harrods. Very upscale neighbor shops. If you like to exercise, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are just across the road. Book early there are only 41 rooms but worth exploring

Room Tip: rooms in back have better view than front
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

We stayed for three nights in January as part of a business trip with three colleagues. We had chosen this hotel because, having stayed before, we knew it was comfortable and the breakfasts were good. Indeed, the rooms are small but they are fully functional and clean. More importantly the beds are comfortable. Initially we had been put into the junior suite (room 114) facing the enormous building site opposite but having stayed in the junior suite next door before we asked to change. The noise from the building site was very loud and there was a draft from the windows. Thankfully we were able to change rooms. Room 115 was much much quieter and we were unable to hear any noise. Three nights of excellent sleep and three great breakfasts. No major complaints at all. Only one gripe, individual wifi codes are given but they only last 48 hours so you have to reapply for another code if you are staying longer. However, speed was excellent audit was easy to access. Also, the bathrooms are very very small. You can practically do everything a the same time!! I would however, stay here again as you can not fault the location. I would recommend you ask for room not facing the building site. It is huge and won't be completed for some years yet.

Room Tip: Choose room 115 if booking the junior suite.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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Northamptonshire
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

My husband and I stayed at Kensington house hotel in mid January in order to go to the Royal Albert Hall to watch the Cirque de Soleil.This hotel is in such a good location for the RAH and for the museums, shops and restaurants. It is well served by the underground and local buses to take you all over London. The rooms are small, but clean and with plenty of storage. Although there is major building work going on across the road it did not trouble us as we were out during the day. The building site was well organised too with street cleaning machines keeping the area clean. Staff at the hotel are friendly and helpful. We asked for non feather pillows and they arrived in seconds. brekfast was plentiful with a good choice of cereals, fruit and pastries. Cooked breakfast was available at an extra charge.This was our 2nd stay here and I am sure we shall stay here again when we next go to London

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

This was my third stay at the K-House and I just think it is a great, little hotel. I was traveling with my husband and our daughter/son-in-law and we booked 2 standard rooms. The rooms are small, but are clean and have comfy beds and decent bathrooms. The breakfast is great and the fact that it is included helps contribute to the overall value. (you do pay extra for any hot/prepared items like eggs/meat etc., but the continental is free and includes several breads, cereals, juice, cured meats/cheese....). As mentioned in other reviews, the lift is quite small, but we just sent all the bags with one person and the rest of us used the stairs.

There is currently construction going on right across the street (i suspect London is scrambling to prepare for the Olympics) - so there was noise pretty early in the morning. This was not true the other times I stayed, so once it is complete I would imagine things will become far more peaceful.

The location is great - 2 underground stations w/in a 10 minute walk and lots of shopping/dining opportunities close by.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2012

I stayed in a single room here for a couple of nights, and was really happy with my stay. Yes, it's not the flashest hotel in town, but considering the price you pay, and the location - it's a winnner. Positives are... very friendly and obliging staff, walking distance to a couple of tubes stations, over the road from Hyde Park in a lovely upmarket London street, and at the end of High Street Ken. Also, free wi-fi, nice continental breakfast (or cooked breakfast for a reasonable price) and free welcome drink. My room was very clean, and looked like it had recently been refurbished, as it was in a far better state than most other more expensive hotels I've stayed in in London. The staff were very obliging with free (very) late checkout, as my flight from Heathrow was not until the evening. If you're looking for a very spacious room, lots of hotel facilities (or require a large hotel reception to make you happy like the author of the previous comment!) etc. then this might not be the place for you, but if you are in London to be out and about enjoying what the city has to offer, and want a clean, friendly base to come back to in a great location, then I'd recommend Kensington House Hotel.

Room Tip: Lower floors are better if you don't like stairs. There is a lift, but it's easier to just...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Kensington House Hotel
Address: 15-16 Prince of Wales Terrace, London W8 5PQ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > South Kensington , Earls Court
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#322 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kensington House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Contemporary Hotel with classic designs, tasteful decor, restaurant; situated near Kensington Gardens & Albert Hall. ... more   less 
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