Recently I had the chance to stay at one of IHG’s latest additions to their London hotel portfolio, the Holiday Inn London – Kensington High Street. This property, previously known as the Kensington Close Hotel, was rebranded to Holiday Inn at the beginning of 2017.
The property is located steps away from the Kensington tube station and Kensington High Street,still in central London: close enough and at the same time away enough from the most popular touristic areas of the city. The location together with its price (around GBP 120/night) makes this property a good choice when looking for mid-range hotels in such an expensive city as London.
You can access the hotel website here.
Upon check-in, as a Platinum member I was upgraded to an “Executive Room” on the top floor of the property. The room was big enough (for London standards) and had all the usual amenities offered by the brand.
The executive room had a queen bed with the usual two choices of pilllows (soft and hard), flat screen TV, work desk and a seating area with two chairs and a small table. The decoration was in line with chain standards.
Room amenities included a mini-bar, hair dryer (next to the work desk, which I found kind of weird), safe box, and a closet with an iron and ironing board. Slippers and a bath robe were also available.
A kettle and some choices of tea and instant coffee were also available in the room.
Complimentary still and sparkling water was also available in the room.
The toilet was roomy and correct. I liked the toiletries offered as they were one step above what you usually get at Holiday Inn properties.
Room Service Menu
The lobby area of the hotel on the ground floor consists of the front desk, a concierge desk, a Starbucks Coffee (managed by the property so you can charge consumptions to your room bill), a lobby bar and a restaurant.
The Starbucks Coffee was small and basic, but it does the trick if you need caffeine. It is open 24 hours so it was very convenient for late night snacks or hydration.
The lobby bar was spacious and it had a good selection of adult beverages. It was quite full and happening all the evenings of my stay.
The restaurant on the ground floor is where Breakfast is served. I did not try the breakfast so I can not comment about it.
The hotel also offers a health/fitness center, spa and pool, free of charge for Platinum members.
I enjoyed my stay at this property. The price was correct and the hotel is in good condition as it was recently reflagged as a Holiday Inn. It was a fresh change from the overpriced and almost-falling-apart properties IHG has in central London (like the HI Mayfair or HI Regents Park, which need renovation works asap). I wouldn’t mind staying at this property again on my next trip to london.