Before I knew about how great London’s South Kensington neighborhood was, I wanted to stay at The Kensington. I saw such lovely photos in and around the hotel through social media. So when I had the chance to go to London, guess where one of the places I chose to stay at was?
Landing into London Heathrow Airport (where most flights from JFK fly into), you’re still about 40 minutes away from central London. You can either take the convenient Heathrow Express into the city or use a Visitor Oyster Card to take the tube (London’s subway system).
Once at The Kensington, you’ll be within walking distance to some of the world’s most famous museums and attractions. For example, it only took me around 20 minutes to walk to Kensington Palace, 15 minutes to Harrods and just around 5 minutes to the Natural History Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum.
My first day in London was a jetlagged day with my mom at ME London. So by the time I arrived at The Kensington the next morning, I was refreshed and ready to explore the neighborhood.
I took a taxi from ME London between Covent Garden and Temple to The Kensington in South Kensington.
It was too early to get to my room so I did the usual check in process but left my bag at the reception area. Immediately after, I left the hotel for my tour of Kensington Palace, an hour before it usually opens. Since it was a private tour I wanted to make sure I got there right on time.
However, I was really early so I opted to walk. I asked the helpful doorman (who helped me so much throughout the stay with directions and walking suggestions!). I’m so glad I walked because I fell in love with the South Kensington neighborhood and found out Kensington Palace is not far from the hotel.
By the time I got back from the palace it was about 2 pm and my room wasn’t ready yet. So I sat in the drawing room to relax my tired feet and was offered a drink.
It was my chance to admire the modern living room feel of the entire lobby, drawing room and restaurant areas.
Lobby Flowers and Decor
There were small bunches of flowers on every table and my favorite part of the entire ground floor was this small corner below a staircase and in front of the entrance of the restaurant.
Once I finally got my key, I was taken up to my room with the guidance of the same helpful doorman.
My room was a Deluxe King bed room which is slightly bigger (280 square feet) than the standard Superior Rooms (215 square feet). It was still a relatively small room but perfect for one person.
First off, the bed was huge. I found it to be comfortable, maybe even a little too comfortable, and was good to collapse on after waking all day.
Though small, there was space to put my luggage and also some closet space to hang and store some clothes.
And it was stocked with coffee and tea (of course!).
I found the room to be quiet and peaceful which was just what I needed after a full day out in London.
There wasn’t a desk in the room but there was a table with two chairs where you could get work done. I was happy with a sufficient amount of outlets, however it wasn’t in a spot where I could plug it in and use my laptop. But there was a USB port so no adapter necessary!
A marble bathroom with heated floors and sufficient counter space, I have no complaints.
The Kensington provides bathroom amenities from Aromatherapy Associates, products made with blends of essential oils.
I didn’t end up looking out the window too much when I was in my room. Because this was the view.
If I were planning on staying in the hotel for hours at a time (apart from sleeping) I would’ve requested a different room. But I spent so much time outside of the room that I didn’t think too much about it.
Around The Hotel
Town House Restaurant & Bar
Town House is the place to go for breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and the bar.
I especially enjoyed breakfast since the room is so bright and airy… just the right place you’d want to spend your morning before a full schedule ahead.
There’s an option for continental breakfast with a selection of fruits, meats, cheeses and cereals (which I got on my first day) or a la carte (like a free-range omelette on my second day!).
While walking around the hotel to see if I’d discover anything, I ran into the gym! To get there you need to take the elevator down from the ground floor. It looked like it didn’t get used very often. But there’s so much to do in London, I can see how you’d only want to get in a short workout (or none at all) and go exploring instead!
Of course, being in England, The Kensington serves afternoon tea! It’s a lovely occasion in their drawing room where I was totally pretending I lived in a London town house while having tea. One can dream… or at least have tea at The Kensington until then.
Read the full review of afternoon tea at The Kensington here.
WiFi is such a necessity. It gets weird when a hotel doesn’t have it for free. Don’t worry though, The Kensington has free, high speed WiFi that works great in your room and all over the hotel!
Social Media Aspect
The Kensington is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and are actively posting news, updates and reposting guests’ content. I especially love their Instagram account. The account is filled with beautiful pictures since everything about the hotel is basically Instagrammable. Their restaurant, Town House has a separate Instagram which is worth a follow, especially if you love food and pretty food pics.
If I spent more time in the room I’d love to have been in another room with a street view, but I’ll save that for another visit! Other than that, location, decor and afternoon tea were my highlights of The Kensington. Oh and Instagram. There were so many Instagram worthy moments to capture at the hotel.
Room Rate: Deluxe Room £249 GBP per night (check here for various room types and rates)
109 – 113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington
London SW7 5LR
Note: I was provided a media rate for my stay at The Kensington. As always, all views and opinions are my own.