$111 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 1, 2014 Check-out: Aug 2, 2014

Gainsborough Hotel London

4 stars
7-11 Queensberry Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 2EA
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.2
out of 5
20 reviews
Location can't be beat

Overall my experience was mixed but in the end I'd recommend this hotel. On the plus side -- 2... See full review

  • Izzy's parents
  • Jul 17, 2014
Good value

Charming lobby. Staff could use a lesson in smiling See full review

  • Chascona
  • May 14, 2013
A 4 star boutique hotel with 48 bedrooms all ensuite. All rooms are traditionally designed and are equipped with all modern amenities. The hotel depects the art of the Victorian era. The hotel provides 24 hour room service and a bar/Lounge. There are butlers to take care of your every need. All standard rooms are ensuite with shower only/ Deluxe rooms have bath and shower and airconditioning. The hotel is a very charming Victorian property bringing you the times of an era gone by.

Hotel Map

51.4948 -0.1775
Area served
London.
Nearby airports
London Heathrow International Airport.
Area description
The hotel is very centrally located, opposite the Natural History Museum. There is the Piccadilly Line and the District and Circle Line tubes running from the South Kensington Tube station which is a 3 minute walk away from the hotel. Knightsbridge, Royal Albert Hall, V&A Musuem are all a short walk away.

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Gainsborough Hotel London Rooms

STANDARD - ROOM
Standard room offers Std double bed/ 2 single beds. It Includes Heating, Alarm clock, Internet access, Room service, Safe in room, Bathroom amenities, Kettle, Cable / Satellite TV, Tea and coffee making facilities, Telephone, Color TV, Non-smoking rooms, Pay TV, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Pay-per-view movies and Hairdryer.
DELUXE - ROOM
Deluxe room offers std double or 2 single beds with Heating, Alarm clock, Internet access, Room service, Safe in room, Bathroom amenities, Kettle, Cable / Satellite TV, Tea and coffee making facilities, Telephone, Color TV, Non-smoking rooms, Pay TV, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Pay-per-view movies and Hairdryer.

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Non Smoking
General
Non Smoking
Concierge
Dining
Room service
Services
Business center
Conference facilities
Internet
High-speed internet

Nearby points of interest

  • Natural History Museum: 0.1 mi
  • Baden-Powell House Exhibition: 0.1 mi
  • Science Museum London: 0.2 mi
  • Gloucester Road: 0.2 mi
  • Imperial College London: 0.2 mi
  • National Art Library: 0.3 mi
  • Victoria and Albert Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Royal College of Music Archives and Museum of Instruments: 0.3 mi
  • Royal Albert Hall: 0.5 mi
  • Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Albert Memorial : 0.5 mi
  • Royal Institute of British Architects Collections: 0.6 mi
  • King's Road: 0.6 mi
  • Harrods: 0.7 mi
  • Knightsbridge: 0.7 mi
  • Natural History Museum: 0.1 mi
  • Baden-Powell House Exhibition: 0.1 mi
  • Science Museum London: 0.2 mi
  • Gloucester Road: 0.2 mi
  • Imperial College London: 0.2 mi
  • National Art Library: 0.3 mi
  • Victoria and Albert Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Royal College of Music Archives and Museum of Instruments: 0.3 mi
  • Royal Albert Hall: 0.5 mi
  • Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Albert Memorial : 0.5 mi
  • Royal Institute of British Architects Collections: 0.6 mi
  • King's Road: 0.6 mi
  • Harrods: 0.7 mi
  • Knightsbridge: 0.7 mi
  • Chelsea: 0.7 mi
  • Kensington Palace: 0.8 mi
  • High Street Kensington: 0.8 mi
  • Saatchi Gallery: 0.9 mi
  • Cadogan Hall: 0.9 mi
  • Earls Court Exhibition Centre: 0.9 mi
  • Kensington Gardens: 0.9 mi
  • Sloane Square: 0.9 mi
  • Couper Collection: 1 mi
  • Royal Hospital Chelsea Museum: 1 mi
  • Stamford Bridge: 1.1 mi
  • Lancaster Gate: 1.1 mi
  • Hyde Park Corner: 1.2 mi
  • Wellington Arch: 1.3 mi
  • City of Westminster: 1.3 mi
  • Queensway: 1.3 mi
  • Victoria Place Shopping Centre : 1.4 mi
  • St. Ann's Shopping Centre : 1.4 mi
  • Park Lane: 1.4 mi
  • Hyde Park: 1.4 mi
  • Royal Mews: 1.4 mi
  • Victoria station: 1.5 mi
  • Whiteleys Shopping Centre : 1.5 mi
  • Marble Arch: 1.5 mi
  • Victoria Palace Theatre: 1.5 mi
  • Buckingham Palace: 1.6 mi
  • Green Park: 1.6 mi
  • Paddington Station: 1.6 mi
  • Lambeth Palace: 1.6 mi
  • Cardinal Place : 1.6 mi

Dining

Restaurant
The hotel has a breakfast room serving full English and continental breakfast. There is a bar/lounge for in house guests.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
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. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (20)

Ratings and reviews for Gainsborough Hotel London

Overall score

3.2 / 5
5.01.0
20 out of 20
Amenities:
2.9
Room cleanliness:
3.3
Hotel staff:
3.6
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.5

75% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Gainsborough Hotel London

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Izzy's parents
Business
Costa Mesa, CA
Jul 17, 2014

Location can't be beat

Overall my experience was mixed but in the end I'd recommend this hotel. On the plus side -- 2 blocks to the South Kensington tube station, perfectly nice continental breakfast or english breakfast, outstanding and very deep bath tub. On the negative, the wireless service is £10 a day and it's really for 1 device only so I had to get them to give me duplicate accounts (at no extra cost). And, they were not keen on honoring the upgrade offered this site to free continental breakfast and a better room - though after arguing they did. For the first night the room was in the basement with a bright light shining in the room and very little natural light but they moved me after that. Some of the staff are super friendly and helpful. Others are less so but it's a great deal for that neighborhood.

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

Business

Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

Don't take your luggage on the tube. Take the train to the center of london and then take a taxi. Way to many stairs to negotiate.

Review of Gainsborough Hotel London

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Chascona
The Villages Fl
May 14, 2013

Good value

Charming lobby. Staff could use a lesson in smiling

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Gainsborough Hotel London

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mkaps71
L.A., CA
Dec 19, 2012

Perfect location, exactly what you expect

This hotel is exactly what you expect from a boutique hotel. Yes the rooms are very small, yet very charming. The whole hotel is quaint. Staff was polite and helpful. Room was clean and warm for our December stay. The location is excellent! A couple blocks from train, walking distance from shopping, museums and many sights. Other sights and shopping a few short train stops away. Would definitely recommend and choose to stay again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Walk to many sights, Kensington Palace, Museums, Knightsbridge Shopping & Harrod's Buy the train pass to get around to different areas, no need for cabs the tube system is excellent.

Review of Gainsborough Hotel London

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
CARMEL IRELAND
IRELAND
Nov 28, 2012

WORST HOTEL EXPERIENCE

THIS WAS THE WORST PLACE THAT I HAVE EVER STAYED AT, ON ARRIVAL WE WERE SHOWN TO OUR ROOM IT WAS IN THE BASEMENT COLD DARK DAMP AND FREZZING .ASKED TO BE MOVED NO WAS THE REPLY NXT MORNING NO ELECTRICITY NO HOT WATER HAD TO POINT OUT HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES ..THEN WE WERE MOVED....THE STAFF WERE DEPLORABLE.....NEVER AGAIN

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
1
Review of Gainsborough Hotel London

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Marsali
North West England
Nov 23, 2012

Welcoming, comfy hotel

Ideally located for V&A ,Science and Natural History Museums. Helpful staff. Room was a good size, warm, comfortable and nicely decorated.En suite was very small but clean.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Gainsborough Hotel London

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
another travelholic
new york
Nov 1, 2012

Better than expected

I stayed at this hotel for more than a week in September. Overall speaking, it was better than expected as I had read some bad reviews about the hotel before the booking. I decided to choose this hotel because of its location. The hotel is close to the tube station south kensington that connects to the piccadilly, circle and district lines. There are bus stops right around the corner and by the station as well. Very close to V&A which is a can't miss in London in my opinion. And there are many other attractions near by: national history museum, science museum, royal albert hall, hyde park, serpentine gallery, harrods all within walking distance. Complimentary tea bags, coffee and sugar refilled daily in the room which is ultra nice especially after a long walking, rainy and cold day and intensive sightseeing. The hotel offers wifi service at a rate of GBP 15 for 24 hours. ButIi was able to pick up another wifi service provider's signal at the hotel and paid GBP 15 for 5 day access. It was stable and fast. My room was facing the street, so I can hear cars passing and people talking. I can also hear door slamming, elevator coming and going and people in rooms next to me. Light sleepers would probably find this annoying. I didn't try the hotel's breakfast as there are many other restaurants by the tube station.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Gainsborough Hotel London

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Tom1313
Rochester, New York USA
Oct 6, 2012

typical European

Not bad but not sure it was exceptional. Excellent staff helps a lot. Location is amazing for touring London. Very small hotel with an elevator that will only hold 1 or 2 people - some might be clausterphobic. Some may find the post war style to be quaint and attractive, but seemed to need remodeling to me. Attractive lobby makes leaves you expecting more from the room.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

two major museums are within one block and Hyde Park is 2 blocks away. Also, underground is 1.5 blocks away. All MOST convenient.

Review of Gainsborough Hotel London

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
talbot
Business
Seattle
Sep 11, 2012

great value

Gainsborough Hotel London is a very good location to stay. The local shops and restaurants are great and a good value. The room cost is a real value. My room was clean and nice small with 2 single beds, typical london. The room could use a little updating but was good place to sleep in a safe cool neighborhood. Some rooms on the first floor were a little nicer that the ones upstairs.

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

Business

Review of Gainsborough Hotel London

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Dan2012
Buffalo NY
Sep 3, 2012

Convenient Safe and comfortable

Close to the South Kensington tube entrance that has a small courtyard to start your day with breakfast or wind down your day at the local pub. Very reasonable rates when I went. Clean and comfortable.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Review of Gainsborough Hotel London

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Ga Girl17
Bergen Norway
Sep 3, 2012

Okay place but good location

The hotel was in a good location near a metro stop and the room were a good size for London. The room was clean but the bed and shower were low quality.

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