Citadines South Kensington review
I think I've just found my new favourite hotel. The Citadines South Kensington is great -- it's almost like renting a flat! You get a bedroom, bathroom, and even a little ensuite kitchen.
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 and a freezer for your food.
The ensuite bathroom comes with a bath, shower, hairdryer, and even a little string washing line to hang up your socks.
The rest of the room has got an 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). They supply a big menu of meals and drinks which you can have delivered to your room, if you want, and there are plenty of pubs and restaurants in the surrounding streets. Kensington High Street is only a short walk away.
You also 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 tiny little bit farther out than where I'd normally like 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 chopping and changing routes at the bus stop.
But do you know what? The room is so great that I think I'll still recommend it anyway. Check their website before you book, because Citadines have got some other hotels in other locations.
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