$110 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jan 9, 2015 Check-out: Jan 10, 2015

Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

4 stars
97 Cromwell Road, LONDON, London, SW7 4DN
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
55 reviews
My Home Away from Home

The hotel is nice and comfortable. The atmosphere is also welcoming, and friendly. The free Wifi... See full review

  • Dr. Nii
  • Dec 4, 2014
Excellent time and stay

They hotel was very nice, clean, and staff was very nice. I would stay at this hotel again. See full review

  • Traveling Man NES
  • Jun 26, 2013
The perfect option for business or leisure the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum sets the standard for hotels in Kensington. Stroll to Gloucester Road Tube Station, your gateway to the sights of the city. Enjoy the hotel's close proximity to Harrod's, the Royal Albert Hall, Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres, the Natural History, Science and V&A Museums and Kensington Palace. As the tallest Holiday Inn Hotel in Europe, our 27-floor and 906 bedroom hotel offers modern bedrooms with stunning views of London from our higher floors. The hotel also offers a choice of suites and accessible rooms (one with hoist). All rooms are equipped with high speed Internet and Wi-Fi connectivity is available in the public areas. The hotel's carpark has 76 spaces and there is a 24-hour fitness room. Holiday Inn Kensington Forum offers its guests a choice of three restaurant and bars whether you want to relax with dinner, grab a quick snack or enjoy a pint of traditional British beer. The Academy offers 13 meeting and event rooms for up to 300 people, all with natural daylight, high-speed Internet and unlimited Starbucks tea and coffee.

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Amenities

General
Executive level
Ice machine
Activities
Children's activities
Dining
Restaurant
Coffee maker in room
Room service
Services
Business center
Maid service
Concierge desk
ATM/Cash machine
Airline desk
In-Room Safe
Porters
FAX
Gift shop
Currency exchange
Overhead projector
White board
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Room
Satellite TV
DVD player
Desk with lamp
Hairdryer in room
Outlet adapters
Cribs available
In room movies
Temperature control
Bath tub

Nearby points of interest

  • Gloucester Road: 0.1 mi
  • Baden-Powell House Exhibition: 0.3 mi
  • Natural History Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Imperial College London: 0.5 mi
  • Royal College of Music Archives and Museum of Instruments: 0.5 mi
  • Science Museum London: 0.5 mi
  • High Street Kensington: 0.6 mi
  • Earls Court Exhibition Centre: 0.6 mi
  • Royal Albert Hall: 0.6 mi
  • National Art Library: 0.6 mi
  • Victoria and Albert Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Albert Memorial : 0.6 mi
  • Kensington Palace: 0.6 mi
  • Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum: 0.7 mi
  • King's Road: 0.9 mi
  • Gloucester Road: 0.1 mi
  • Baden-Powell House Exhibition: 0.3 mi
  • Natural History Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Imperial College London: 0.5 mi
  • Royal College of Music Archives and Museum of Instruments: 0.5 mi
  • Science Museum London: 0.5 mi
  • High Street Kensington: 0.6 mi
  • Earls Court Exhibition Centre: 0.6 mi
  • Royal Albert Hall: 0.6 mi
  • National Art Library: 0.6 mi
  • Victoria and Albert Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Albert Memorial : 0.6 mi
  • Kensington Palace: 0.6 mi
  • Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum: 0.7 mi
  • King's Road: 0.9 mi
  • Royal Institute of British Architects Collections: 0.9 mi
  • Kensington Gardens: 0.9 mi
  • Stamford Bridge: 0.9 mi
  • Harrods: 1 mi
  • Knightsbridge: 1 mi
  • Saatchi Gallery: 1.2 mi
  • Couper Collection: 1.2 mi
  • Lancaster Gate: 1.2 mi
  • Cadogan Hall: 1.2 mi
  • Sloane Square: 1.2 mi
  • Queensway: 1.3 mi
  • Royal Hospital Chelsea Museum: 1.3 mi
  • Whiteleys Shopping Centre : 1.4 mi
  • City of Westminster: 1.5 mi
  • Hyde Park Corner: 1.5 mi
  • Wellington Arch: 1.6 mi
  • Hyde Park: 1.6 mi
  • Paddington Station: 1.6 mi
  • Park Lane: 1.6 mi
  • Broadway Shopping Centre : 1.7 mi
  • Marble Arch: 1.7 mi
  • Victoria Place Shopping Centre : 1.7 mi
  • St. Ann's Shopping Centre : 1.7 mi
  • Royal Mews: 1.8 mi
  • Victoria station: 1.8 mi
  • Westfield Shopping Centre : 1.8 mi
  • Notting Hill: 1.9 mi
  • Victoria Palace Theatre: 1.9 mi
  • King's Mall Shopping Centre : 1.9 mi
  • Hammersmith Apollo: 1.9 mi

Dining

Forum Room Restaurant
This restaurant is bright, airy and spacious which can take large group of people. It is modern looking with two buffets and a small bar, where you can relax while having morning beverages, Continental or full English breakfast. It provides lunches for me

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
02:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

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 (55)

Ratings and reviews for Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
55 out of 55
Amenities:
3.8
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.2
Room comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.9

85% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ralph/Cary
Business
Sacramento, CA
Jan 1, 2011

Our non-trip

Actually, we never made it as our flight was repeatedly canceled into Heathrow due to snow! However, we have stayed at this hotel 3 times before and found it clean and well run. However, the hotel rooms are not as spacious as those in the U.S.

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Waitrose market right around the corner to pick up stuff for your room.

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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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room 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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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Green Bay, WI
Aug 15, 2010

Only OK

We only stayed at this location for one night of our two week trip, but it was the least favored of all our places. The TV and refrigerator were both broke, but the staff was timely and friendly with repairs. Our room was located next to the tube and was very noisy until the tube shut down, then we had noisy people at three in the morning. Friends we were with stayed at this hotel for a week and did not have a similar experience. Perhaps it was because of our one night stay. Location was great, but I preferred the flat we rented three blocks away earlier in the week.

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Not Applicable

Grab the tube to Picadilly Circle and see Les Miz at the Queen's Theater. Best production of it I have seen. Note that there are no plays on Sunday evening.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
buffalo , ny
Jun 3, 2010

great location... good price

Experience with hotel was absolutely fine. Room was plenty big enough. Room service timely. Cleaning very good. Previous traveler had complained about step down out of tub,...but had no problem with that. When traveling little things like that can be expected. Bathroom very clean and well stocked. Overall had a very good experience with this hotel. Would definetely stay here again. One big plus.......quiet rooms... did not hear anything..:)

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Many small quaint restaurants in the area. Plus 3 markets with in a quarter of a mile. One is open all night I believe.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Travelin Steve
Business
North Carolina
May 16, 2010

A diamond in the rough

Overall it was great but there were problems...with the room. The room was a bit shabby. Wallpaper was peeling. Some lights didn't work and although reported, they were not fixed. Heater-air conditioner didn't work well either. The heat was unbearable. Staff night manager was helpful and tried her best. Housekeeping and maintenance didn't respond to our/her pleas until she tried a number of times. We were offered a free breakfast on the last day since we had to stay up late waiting for the repairs which came...but during the night the heat went up again. They're trying hard but it needs work. Concierge was great plus night manager but overall maintenance wasn't good enough for our expectations..which were reasonable.

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

Business

Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

Take a taxi to Paddington and the catch the Heathrow Express rather than a taxi all the way to Heathrow which was more expensive and had the risk of being trapped in London traffic.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Retired Reg
Business
Saratoga , California
Mar 29, 2010

Modern, American, but a mixed blessing

Wanted something close to Picadilly line-which we took to Heathrow. That was great. Large 20+story hotel. Close in in Kensington a plus, but at a price. Waited 8 minutes for elevator, walked down on surgically repaired knee. Room not cleaned after first night, had to request twice and wait an hour. Temperature control worked fine. Found wonderful restaurant across the street: Bellavista Restaurant at 132 Cromwell was outstanding for dinner. Desk staff was very helpful, friendly, as was the outside concierge. Rooms small, but very clean, everything worked, and whole floor was NON SMOKING, which we really appreciated.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Across the street, the Bellavista restaurant at 132 Cromwell had outstanding food at modest prices, and was open by 5:30 pm--a rarity for England.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Toledo, Ohio
Jan 7, 2010

Great hotel.

This is a very nice hotel, with nice rooms and a nice pub, about 3 minutes from a Tube stop. The staff was very nice, and the concierge guys were great (particularly Gladstone). The only fault was that there was no free WiFi, but there are free WiFi hotspots in nearby cafes, and in various other spots around London.

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

Business

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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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room 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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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Augusta, Maine
Oct 30, 2009

The grand $250 disappointment

The location was good to get to the tube. [...] I travel the world and would not stay here again.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Pick another hotel

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
MN, USA
Sep 29, 2009

Great location!

I was in London for about a week as a tourist. I really liked the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum. It's billed as a four star hotel, but is probably really a 3 1/2 star hotel, so it's less expensive than most of the other 4 star hotels. I had a room with 2 single beds. It was small, but obviously renovated recently and very nice. Very clean, small but very nice bathroom. I was on the 16th floor, which was very quiet. The elevators are wonderfully fast. The best thing about the hotel is its location, in Kensington, near a number of museums, and only 1 block from the Gloucester Road tube station, so very convenient for getting to many other tourist attractions. The staff was friendly, especially the young woman at the registration desk when I arrived. The only thing about the room that was less than satisfactory was the mini-refrigerator, which didn't keep my food quite as cold as I would have liked. I contacted housekeeping, but they either didn't check on it (I was out of the room most of the time) or weren't able to adjust the temperature any lower. My food didn't spoil though, so it all worked out just fine. I would definitely stay at this hotel again!

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

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

The Gloucester Road tube station is only one block away from the hotel. It's a great station with connections to the Piccadilly, Circle, and District underground lines. These lines will take you to almost all the major tourist sites. The tube station is in the same building as a Waitrose supermarket and a Boots pharmacy. All very convenient. Buy some food at the Waitrose and store it in the mini-refrigerator in the hotel room to save money on eating out.

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