London is one of the larger cities in the world, and as such, travelers have a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to accommodations. On my last trip to London, we spent a night at The Kensington Hotel in leafy Kensington. Part of the Doyle Collection, this property is made up of 8 historic townhomes dating to the Victorian era. The property evokes the sense of staying in a friend’s posh home in London – with cozy fireplaces, an open and inviting lounge area and friendly staff.
Kensington is the perfect neighborhood for visitors looking for a local flavor. A bit removed from the more touristy areas like Piccadilly Circus, the hotel is still conveniently within walking distance to many museums, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, making it a quiet yet agreeable home base in London.
Though it hardly feels like it, the hotel has 146 rooms and suites. As with many older properties, the room lay-outs and color schemes vary from room to room, with some featuring more traditional British decor and others a more modern, refreshed design. While some rooms have balconies, others have floor to ceiling windows, and some of the newer rooms even have clawfoot tubs right in the bedroom – perfect for a romantic escape!
Those looking for a more unique accommodation will love the signature suites. The Knightsbridge Suite is a stunner with a more modern design, large balcony and two fireplaces, but I actually slightly prefer The Brompton Suite with its more ornate decor and subtle safari theme. Of course, there is the option to combine both suites to create a small apartment style dwelling – ideal for families or groups.
Notably, the hotel also offers several “family suites” – a rarity in many European cities! These are slightly larger rooms with a bit more living space and 2 King sized beds, offering a comfortable and more economical option for a family of 4.
The main lobby area of the hotel is an open lounge that feels like an intimate living room, with a variety of plush and cozy seating areas, several fireplaces and the option to stop at any time of day for a cup of coffee/tea or even a light bite. In Town House restaurant you can enjoy a lovely breakfast with both buffet and a la carte options. In the later hours you can dine here for lunch or dinner, but the true stunner is their afternoon tea, which currently features pastry molded into the famous landmarks of London – a real treat!
In the evening, when you return from exploring the city, pop in to the famous K Bar, reminiscent of a private members club, for some excellent craft cocktails.
Aside from the warm and inviting atmosphere, the well-appointed rooms and plethora of dining and lounging options, what really sets this hotel apart is the service. The staff is incredibly friendly and welcoming. They left some unbelievably thoughtful and unique touches and amenities in our room that made us feel right at home. I was so pleasantly surprised and appreciative to see this sweet photo they left for me of my puppy Deacon!!
I highly recommend staying at The Kensington during your next trip to London and would love to help you plan! Please contact me to get started.