Citadines, South Kensington

Location and facilities

Citadines South Kensington Hotel
Address:
Citadines South Kensington (4), 35a Gloucester Road, South Kensington, London
Website:
citadines.com
Telephone:
Work 0207 543 7878
Price range:
£100 to £160 (1 person for 1 night)
Facilities:
Car park, laundry, fitness centre, i-Fi, TV, telephone, hairdryer, ensuite bathroom, ensuite kitchen with hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and kitchen utensils, iron, air-conditioning, safe
Buses:
9, 10, 49, 52, 70, 74, 360, 452
Trains:
Gloucester Road CRC DSC PCL

Citadines South Kensington review

Citadines South Kensington Centrally located? Nice rooms? Value for money? Worth a stay? 303

Craig’s review… This place is great – it’s almost like renting a flat. All of the rooms have bedrooms, bathrooms and a little ensuite kitchen attached. Here’s all the stuff you get in the kitchen: 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 proper fridge-freezer for your food.

Kitchen at the Citadines South Kensington

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.

Bedroom at the Citadines South Kensington

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 advertised as being a 3-star, and whilst I still think it’s a perfectly nice hotel to stay at, I don’t see it as being a four.]

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