Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington

4 stars
Scarsdale Place Kensington, Kensington, London, W8 5SR
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.7
out of 5
177 reviews
Perfect!

This hotel was amazing! The hotel staff went above and beyond. We happened to be staying during the... See full review

  • Jasmine2014
  • Jan 18, 2014
An excellent capital stay

We couldn't have wished for a better stay at the Copthorne Tara. The location is right in the heart... See full review

  • smartiemart
  • Nov 17, 2013
Popular 4-star hotel in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is tucked away in a quiet corner of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The hotel is one of the city's most well known 4-star properties and is equally suitable for both business and leisure travelers. The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts more than 800 rooms appointed with contemporary furnishings and amenities. The hotel also features two restaurants, a bar, café, 24-hour room service, high-speed Internet and a fitness center.

Highlights
  • Several on-site dining options
  • On-site coffee shop
  • Complimentary fitness center
Rooms

Rooms have been carefully designed to maximize natural daylight, with light wood and soothing shades that offer a quiet retreat at the end of the day. All rooms include private facilities and include satellite TV and pay-per-view, Internet (fees apply), hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, mini-fridge and direct dial telephone with voicemail. Club room guests enjoy complimentary access to the Copthorne Club Lounge, which offers free continental breakfast, newspaper, Internet access, tea and coffee throughout the day and drinks in the evening.

Features

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is located in a quiet area of Kensington, just a short walk to the shops and museums of Kensington and Knightsbridge. The hotel is a contemporary and stylish 4-star hotel and is the ideal base for both leisure and business pursuits.

Dining

The hotel boasts a variety of on-site dining and drinking options: Artist Corner offers a la carte dining options in a relaxed setting; Cafexpress serves coffee drinks and sandwiches; and Bugis Street serves a tantalizing array of Singaporean, Malaysian and Cantonese cuisine. Additionally, the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar serves a wide selection of drinks and an all-day menu featuring typical pub fare.

 

The hotel offers a fitness room with cross trainers, treadmills, dumbbells and a stretching area. On-site parking is available, too (fees apply).

Transportation
  • High Street Kensington tube stations (1 minute walking)
  • Heathrow Airport (24 minutes)
  • Gatwick Airport (1 hour, 6 minutes)
Attractions
  • Hyde Park (1.7 mi./2.86 km)
  • Kensington Palace (0.36 mi./0.59 km)
  • Portobello Road Market (1.47 mi./2.37 km)
  • Royal Albert Hall (0.61 mi./0.99 km)
Business
  • Business center
  • Computer stations with Internet (fee applies) and color printers
  • Meeting rooms for 2 to 280 people

Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington Rooms

Superior plus Double Room
This Room Type includes complimentary WIFI, complimentary full English breakfast served in the restaurant
Superior Room
The bedding option for the room is one double bed or one twin bed. Room offers Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Cable / Satellite TV, Disabled facilities, Hairdryer, Heating, Broadband Internet access, Modem / data port connection, Non-smoking rooms, Pay-per-view movies, Refrigerator, 24-hour Room service, Tea and coffee making facilities and Telephone.
Club Room
The bedding option for the room is one double bed. Room facilities include all those featured in the Superior rooms. In addition, Club guests benefit from complimentary access to the Copthorne Club Lounge, offering: Complimentary Continental breakfast, Newspapers, Tea & coffee throughout the day, Internet access and Evening drinks between 6.45pm - 8.15pm.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Fitness Center
Dining
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
Conference facilities
Doctor on call
Gift shop
Currency exchange
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Hotel Map

51.4989 -0.1912
Area served
London.
Nearby airports
London Heathrow International Airport.
Area description
Located in a residential area of Kensington within walking distance of the High Street- buses and underground station, close to Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres. Easy access by car or tube from Heathrow airport, minutes away from the shops and museums of Kensington and Knightsbridge/Harrods, 20 minutes to the West End/Oxford Street and Theatreland.

Nearby points of interest

  • High Street Kensington: 0.2 mi
  • Kensington Palace: 0.4 mi
  • Gloucester Road: 0.4 mi
  • Baden-Powell House Exhibition: 0.6 mi
  • Royal Albert Hall: 0.6 mi
  • Royal College of Music Archives and Museum of Instruments: 0.6 mi
  • Albert Memorial : 0.6 mi
  • Earls Court Exhibition Centre: 0.6 mi
  • Natural History Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Imperial College London: 0.7 mi
  • Science Museum London: 0.7 mi
  • Kensington Gardens: 0.7 mi
  • Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum: 0.8 mi
  • National Art Library: 0.8 mi
  • Victoria and Albert Museum: 0.8 mi
  • High Street Kensington: 0.2 mi
  • Kensington Palace: 0.4 mi
  • Gloucester Road: 0.4 mi
  • Baden-Powell House Exhibition: 0.6 mi
  • Royal Albert Hall: 0.6 mi
  • Royal College of Music Archives and Museum of Instruments: 0.6 mi
  • Albert Memorial : 0.6 mi
  • Earls Court Exhibition Centre: 0.6 mi
  • Natural History Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Imperial College London: 0.7 mi
  • Science Museum London: 0.7 mi
  • Kensington Gardens: 0.7 mi
  • Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum: 0.8 mi
  • National Art Library: 0.8 mi
  • Victoria and Albert Museum: 0.8 mi
  • Queensway: 1 mi
  • Lancaster Gate: 1 mi
  • Whiteleys Shopping Centre : 1.1 mi
  • Harrods: 1.2 mi
  • Stamford Bridge: 1.2 mi
  • Knightsbridge: 1.2 mi
  • King's Road: 1.2 mi
  • Royal Institute of British Architects Collections: 1.3 mi
  • Paddington Station: 1.4 mi
  • Westfield Shopping Centre : 1.5 mi
  • City of Westminster: 1.5 mi
  • Cadogan Hall: 1.5 mi
  • Broadway Shopping Centre : 1.5 mi
  • Notting Hill: 1.5 mi
  • Saatchi Gallery: 1.5 mi
  • Sloane Square: 1.5 mi
  • Couper Collection: 1.6 mi
  • Hyde Park: 1.6 mi
  • Hammersmith Apollo: 1.7 mi
  • King's Mall Shopping Centre : 1.7 mi
  • Hyde Park Corner: 1.7 mi
  • Royal Hospital Chelsea Museum: 1.7 mi
  • Marble Arch: 1.7 mi
  • Portobello Market: 1.7 mi
  • Park Lane: 1.7 mi
  • Portobello Road: 1.7 mi
  • Wellington Arch: 1.8 mi
  • Showroom Gallery: 1.9 mi
  • Selfridges: 2 mi
  • Victoria Place Shopping Centre : 2 mi

Dining

Bugis Street
Offers a delightful selection of authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine.
Cafexpress
Serving a selection of coffees/ teas and a wide range of home-made sandwiches, salads and delicious snacks either to enjoy in or to take away.
The Brasserie
It (restaurant & bar) is located on the ground floor of the hotel and offers an informal and very relaxed atmosphere. The venue offers casual dining in the restaurant, serving an 'A la Carte' menu with predominantly British cuisine, and an 'all day' snack menu in the Bar area from 11am .

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (177)

Ratings and reviews for Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington

Overall score

3.7 / 5
5.01.0
177 out of 177
Amenities:
3.6
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3.9
Room comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.8

88% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mikechrsto
Business
New Hampshire
Dec 22, 2011

Singapore wedding rip

Excellent...we were laying over for two days returning from Singapore. Easy access from Heathrow on the Underground High St station in Kensington. Found a couple of good restaurants in the area. Loved the Club Room!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Chicago, IL, USA
Oct 30, 2011

Awesome location

Awesome location- easily accessible from airport and the westend. mmost of the oxford street shops are available on the highstreet. many nearby excellent restauirants plus a 24 hour grocery store. Rooms small by American standards but standard for London. Nice bar.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
miss ann
Business
Wash.D.C.
Sep 8, 2011

very pleasant, convenient; comfortable

I enjoyed the Copthorne/Tara the price was fair; food very good; I especially enjoyed breakfast; wish I could have had until 10:AM the onstruction across street was a distraction but overall I was satisfied w/accomodations, service/staff etc.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

High St. is over-priced exchange for currency (US dollars is very high

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Aug 29, 2011

Great Location compensates for other weaknesses

Hotel is in a nice part of Kensington and is a 2-3 minute walk from the tube. The room was clean, but tired and small. Their charges for wi-fi were ridiculously high; I'd recommend the ubiquitous Starbucks for free internet access. They are renovating some rooms. If they are able to keep prices low and refresh the property, it would be a great deal.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Visit neighborhood coffee shops for free wi-fi

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
kvet
Business
Atlanta, Georgia
Aug 27, 2011

great hotel but

When I booked with Orbitz and prepayed I got an excellent rate. Upon arrival I was pushed to go for an upgrade at additional expense. I did the upgrade but felt the overall value was not as good as the earlier price. In other words the additions I got with the upgrade (breakfast and internet) were not quite worth the cost. The hotel and room were very nice, staff was sometimes helpful sometimes not, very nice location near an underground station.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Qbrik
Business
Springdale, AR, USA
Aug 24, 2011

Where is the King's English?

Price and location is probably the best recommendation for staying at the Copthorne Tara. It's just around the corner from the High Street Underground with lots of nice shops in the vicinity. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Otherwise, there's absolutely nothing special about the Copthorne Tara. And you will pay for everything. My biggest complaint is hotels that advertise High Speed internet but fail to mention that they charge for it. This hotel does so and it is expensive (to me, 8LBS an hour is pricey). Other oddities: if you want ice you have to request it from the bar. The lowest rating is reserved for the staff. They were helpful at Registration but the heady mix of thick foreign accents made for some difficult conversations. Does anyone in London speak the King's English anymore? If I could give the bar staff their own rating, I would award them ONE STAR. Absolutely, the worst I've encountered anywhere. Even when I tipped, the service never improved.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

If you're staying at the Copthorne and don't want to pay 8 pounds per hour for internet, walk down the street to Nero's. It's a Starbucks-inspired coffee shop with Free Wi-Fi.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MSS1
Business
California, USA
Aug 14, 2011

Central and quiet

We stayed here for two nights on an extended transit between Europe and home in USA. Getting a decent hotel in London for an acceptable rate is always a challenge. This turned out to be a really good choice. We liked this hotel a lot. It is a bit shabby (peeling wall covering in bedroom, toilet flush handle a bit balky, e.g.). But it is really quiet, despite our room overlooking the tracks that lead to the High Street Kensington station. I am very noise sensitive, so if I say a room is quiet, it is! The location can't be beat. Tube and bus lines nearby, short walk to a Marks Spencer and other stores and restaurants, yet back on a side street away from traffic. The room had a mini-fridge, which is very nice. Chairs in the room were very uncomfortable, but the bed was good. The "guest services" man was rude when we had a simple question about check-out times, but the reception staff were very nice and helpful. On balance, I would definitely stay here again, without hesitation.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Washington DC
Jul 20, 2011

Hidden problems

The hotel is in a great location, and very accessible to the tube, buses, shopping and other amenities of the Kensington area. However, be prepared to take a big gulp when you first see the hotel. It is terribly dingy on the outside. The good news is that the lobby and reception areas are nice. The living areas of the rooms are also clean but the tub not so much. Good for showers, not baths. WiFi is not free as expected, but in fact £15 per day. There are computers where you can get 10 minutes of access for £1 but half were not working. Also, although all rooms are supposed to be non-smoking, our first room noticeably had recent smokers. Staff found us another room, but were not pleased and offered no assistance in moving. Temperature in the room is controlled so if you don't have the fan on full all the time it gets very stuffy. For a London hotel this was a good spot. In comparison to other hotels it needs work. Would recommend for location.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Mark's and Spencer's has a food store very near to the Kensington tube. You can purchase reasonably priced and tasty food, and then store it in the hotel refrigerator, which is a great asset.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Holland
Jun 30, 2011

Visit the the Olympia exhibition

The hotel was very comfortable and the offered me an upgrade that included everything I needed for a very reasonable price. I had some trouble with the key thogh as they gave me an upgraded room too and forgot to tell me the new room number. That was solved quickly

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Short walk from the Olymia exhibition centre. Great for business travel.

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Review of Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Cleveland, OH
Jun 28, 2011

Good Value

This hotel has a nice location near an Underground stop on the very useful Central line. The rooms are small but clean, the beds were ok -not great but not uncomfortable. The furniture and bathroom is dated. The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to help with things like directions. Wireless internet is only available in the lobby; there is an ethernet cable in each room for a wired connection. It is expensive - about $24 US for 24 hours and it is not real fast. Nice bar in hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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