Craig’s review… This place is great – it’s almost like renting a flat. All of the rooms have a bedroom, bathroom and a little ensuite kitchen. You get a microwave and hob, saucepan, toaster, plates, bowls, cups, saucers, sieve, tin opener, bottle opener, knives, forks, spoons, sponge, tea towels, and a bottle of washing up liquid (totally wasted on me), plus a fridge-freezer for your food.
The bathroom comes with a bath, shower, hairdryer, and even a little string washing line to hang up your socks. The bedroom has a TV, iron, ironing board and safe.
The only downside is the lack of restaurant and bar, but seeing as you’ve got your own kitchen in the room it’s no big deal (you can just eat Pot Noodles all week). If you can’t be bothered to do any cooking then they provide a big menu of meals and drinks that you can have delivered to your room, and there are plenty of pubs and restaurants in the surrounding streets. Kensington High Street is only a short walk away.
Another thing to bear in mind is that you need to pay a supplement if you’d like a maid to come in and make your bed everyday, which means your soap and teabags will rapidly run out if you stay beyond a couple of days. Obviously I’m a bloke, so I wasn’t bothered in the slightest that my bed remained unmade every day, and I just bought some extra teabags and stuck them in the cupboard in the kitchen. I bought a bottle of milk and stuck it in the fridge as well. You need to think of it as a flat, rather than a hotel room.
The surrounding area is nice enough, but it’s a slightly farther out than where I’d normally choose to be.
It’s within easy walking distance of the Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace, but that’s about it. You could have a walk up to Harrods as well, but there are only a couple of buses that run between Trafalgar Square and South Kensington, so if you want to go anywhere else then you’re going to be using the tube all the time, or jumping on and off different buses. But do you know what? The room is so great that I think I’ll still recommend it anyway.
Note: When I stayed here it was still advertised as being a 3-star, and whilst I think it’s a perfectly nice hotel to stay in, I don’t really think it deserves being called a four.