$124 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: May 10, 2015 Check-out: May 11, 2015

Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

4 stars
View map of 97 Cromwell Road, LONDON, London, SW7 4DN

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Ratings and reviews for Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
60 out of 60
Amenities:
3.8
Cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.3
Comfort:
4
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.9

87% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Tuar Beag
Minnesota
Dec 29, 2012

Great Location

If you want to be within walking distance of Kensington Palace/Garden, Hyde Park, the V&A and Natural History Museums, and the Royal Albert Hall, this is as good a location as it gets. The Gloucester Road tube station is right around the corner from the hotel on the Piccadilly, Circle, and District Lines so you can get anywhere very easily, including the cheapest way to and from Heathrow (taxi = 60 GBP vs. 7 GBP tube fare). There are numerous restaurants, pubs, bakeries, grocery stores, and shops in the neighborhood. Also, Kensington High Street shopping (e.g., Harrods) just a tube stop away (or a bit further walk). Hotel internet access is not included and is expensive. Also, no breakfast included and no frig in the room.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Eating out in London is very expensive. Pick one meal out (full English breakfast, fish 'n chips lunch, or dinner) and use the grocery store to cover the rest of your meals.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Pomona, NY
Jan 2, 2010

Unbeatable location for the price.

The hotel is located only one block from the Goucester Street metro station, in a quiet neighborhood. Near the station are small shops, a Starbucks and a grocery where one can get fruits, juice and snacks. The hotel provides a small cooler. Breakfast, if not included in the package, costs 12 pounds per person. Coffee in the lobby costs $3.50 a cup. Most tourists have their breakfast outside, and there are many places where one can get a full English breakfast (egg, sausage, bacon, mushroom, baked bean, toast and coffee) for five pounds. The only thing we did not like about the hotel is their high price of internet access. It costs 15 pounds per day. Across the street on Cromwell Road is an internet cafe, which charges 1.80 pounds per hour. Near Leicester Square the cost is only one pound per hour. The hotel is within walking distance to Harrod's and to several museums, including the Vistoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful. We had a wonderful stay and I recommend it to any family.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the Science Museum are only 10 minutes away by walking. Harrod's is 20 minutes away.

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Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Dr. Nii
Business
Harlem, New York City
Dec 4, 2014

My Home Away from Home

The hotel is nice and comfortable. The atmosphere is also welcoming, and friendly. The free Wifi was a plus for me. Nice pub, and delicious breakfast. The location, and access to transportation makes this hotel my favorite.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Niciv
Business
Singapore
Mar 2, 2014

Comfortable and clean room

Hotel was clean and simple, with good amenities. No safe however. Good location.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Boca Raton, FL
Nov 8, 2010

Posh-ing for less

We are boutique-hotel lovers, and for our first time in London (Dec. 2008) we wanted to do the best which means it's all about the location. S.Kensington is the most upscale residential neighborhood in London, very similar to the Upper East Side in NYC. Naturally, the only difference is that you are in London and you don't expect to see a high rise hotel around the corner. But there is one.. and it was ridiculously cheap in a vac.package during Christmas. i was hesitant at first but we took a chance, and after all it payed back big time. We loved the room (small but cozy), 5 star level quietness and cleanness of it was a surprising bonus. Gloucester Street is such a quaint place with a few pubs, cafes, restaurants spread on and around it. If you are fine with a high rise it is a great hotel for you! IF not, then still it serves you right in many ways except for the regular crowd at the lobby. (mostly pilots and hostesses) Bright and updated looks all over, though.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

TIPS: 1) Every morning you can get a free croissant by ordering either a coffee or tea at Caffe Forum which is less than a block of walk from the tube station. Simple but friendly seating available inside and outside that will give you that local feeling. 2) There is an INTERNET CAFE right across the street from this place for your info!! 3) Other places of interest: A few banks around the area, Tesco (super market), Paul, even a Starbucks & Burger King (for emergency only!), newspaper/magazine stand, dry cleaner are all in this short stretch of walk. 4) Historical BOOKSHOP: Gloucester Road Bookshop is an old but beautiful bookstore with lots of history-old stuff, if you are a bookworm , you will love this place.

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Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Sara the Swiss girl
Business
Switzerland
Jan 2, 2011

good& efficient holiday spot

* great room service * clean * friendly staff * good location (next to shopping center+underground station) * room may be a bit small for large families * breakfast expensive

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Garfunkels restaurant in the Waitrose shopping center.

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Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Sesh
Business
San Diego, CA
Dec 27, 2011

Small but well designed

The standard room is on the small side. We had to change the room when we checked in to get a better arranged room that gives some space (or the illusion of!). But I think this is comparable to any London hotels though. The room was well furnished and had great beds and pillows. It also had heated tiles in the bathroom, that was a first for me. It's close to the South Kensington tube station, but in cold weather you'd wish it's closer. I stayed at the Millennium next to Gloucester on my previous trip and missed the convenience of staying right next to the underground station. The bar is good and the staff is friendly. It's nice that the lobby has a bunch of fireplaces to sit next to. Overall I'm satisfied with this hotel, but if you have a lot of luggage and 2 people are staying, it feels cramped.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
JSX007
Business
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Apr 8, 2012

Holiday inn kensington forum

Excellent location! Room was fine, nothing special, but very clean. Staff was fine, very professional. Skip the hotel breakfast - way too expensive and watch out for VERY expensive internet connection.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Excellent Indian & Thai right across the street, and a little breakfast place right next to Gloucester rd tube station.

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Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
amster65
Business
Detroit, MI
Oct 10, 2012

Excellent location - 4 1/2 stars

Friendly staff. Excellent location near the Gloucester Road tube station. In a nice neighborhood with plenty of restaurants nearby. We had a twin room, it was small but very clean. The bed was very comfy. We had a problem with our drain. It was taken care of right away. I dropped 1/2 star, because the cooler/ex-mini bar should be replaced with a refridgerator. Also, I didn't care for the blow dryer that you had to hold the button down to keep it running. Not easy when you're trying to style your hair. And the shower ran lukewarm most mornings. It was cold the last morning. These are all minor things and I would still return because of the location. PS Breakfast is not inclued unless you book as a B & B package.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Little DD
Business
Germany
Nov 13, 2012

Good hotel and lcation

The hotel location is very good. you can access to London city by tube in no time. My husband and I love the hotel, we will stay at this hotel again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Amber's Tourist Parents
Business
Greenville, WI
Dec 1, 2012

Clean and comfortable!

Very clean and comfortable. We booked through a hotel/flight package and it was a great value! We loved or stay. Hotel was close to the underground station and was very easy to get wherever we wanted to go.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

Taking the undergournd to Picadilly Circus is amazing and a great place to buy souvenirs.

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