Hilton Kensington 2022So as part of my 2 weeks in London, chasing the best rates on the best days, I had a 6 day stay at the Hilton in Kensington. Having stayed here before, I had a good idea what was going to be up with the property.
ArrivalI took a bus which was only £1.88, quite a bargain, and here is the real bonus, no stairs to go up and down with a heavy bag. The only caveat? If you are in the handicapped area with your bags and a person in need comes on, you're kinda in a bind.
Having scheduled my time well, I arrived at 3pm and my room was ready.
The RoomA fairly tight but functional business-type room. It can work for 2, but the space is limited between the bed, walls and dresser. I brought stuff for over a week and it was a challenge.
There is a good-sized refrigerator and a working tea pot (Hey, it's England).
Food and DrinkThe onsite restaurant and bar, Avenue Bar and Grill, is a fairly standard looking affair, but the people working it are the ones that make it special. The drinks were very well prepared. Also there is WestEleven restaurant, named for the postal code of the hotel, which is open right now only for breakfast, with a pretty large buffet.
Event SpacesThere are several event rooms which were all taken by some business networking convention for the area, so I wasn't able to sneak into them, sorry.
SummaryA very 1980s urban renewal feel hotel. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this place, it just feels a little tight when compared to properties in the US, but it has all the services and more than you would expect. It was a great value for the money and well located by Shepards Bush underground station.
As always, select a rate that includes breakfast. Tip, unpack all your stuff into the closet and dresser and then just have the bellhop hold the bags during your visit. Also book the room for 2, because you can get twice the drink vouchers if you have status.