$113 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Mar 15, 2015 Check-out: Mar 16, 2015

Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

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

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
56 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
A nice American touch

I am an American who stayed here on business. The hotel was nice, with more American sized rooms... See full review

  • Daniel E.
  • Jan 25, 2015
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 (56)

Ratings and reviews for Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
56 out of 56
Amenities:
3.8
Cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.3
Comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.9

86% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Boulder, CO
Jun 9, 2009

Mostly good

The hotel gives the impression it may be going a bit downhill. While everything was adequate, nothing really stood out as being great. On checkout, staff asked if we had a chance to try the exercise room (we had), and commented that they just put in all new machines the previous week (early June, 2009). I found this peculiar, as one of the stationary bikes was out of order already. The internet connection in our first room did not work, so they gave us the option to change rooms. A very helpful man at the front desk noticed the room next door to ours was open, and let me try the connection there before moving our luggage over. You will pay 15 pounds per day or 75 for a week of internet connection. This was a surprise to me, having had free wireless in our previous London hotel. The location is great, a block west of Gloucester Road tube station, on the Circle, District and Picadilly lines, so it's an easy trip to Westminster, SoHo, or just about any of the tourist destinations. We were on the 4th floor, and did experience some vehicle noise from the street and music, possibly from within the hotel, because I didn't notice any dance clubs on the street outside.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

La Liaison, on the way to the tube station, has wonderful and reasonable breakfast and lunch fare. They have a loyal clientele, including local businessmen, flight crews on layovers, construction crews, taxi drivers, and us, just about every day we were there. You can get a proper English breakfast, or scrambled eggs, cheese and tomato on a baguette. Yum!

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Orlando, FL
Jul 6, 2009

Great location

I would highly recommend the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum. Though the room was quite small and rather spartan, it was perfect for our purposes. It was air-conditioned, which was indispensable for the hottest days in London in three years. It is only a block from the Gloucester Road tube station and easy walking distance to several museums and the Royal Albert Hall. Best of all, it is located next to a mini-mall with several restaurants, a grocery store and a pharmacy.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Hotel is located next to a mini-mall with a full-service grocery store. We saved a lot of money by buying breakfast and snack items and keeping them in the free mini-fridge in our room.

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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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
foodshopper
Business
Tokyo
Jul 9, 2014

Expensive, but good location

The hotel is within 5 minutes walk of Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsburys, perfect for buying 20kg of much-missed food to take back to Japan the next day. But the room is about the same size as a Japanese business hotel (ie tiny), yet 5 times the price. That's London, far more expensive than Tokyo.

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Perfect access to supermarkets

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Daniel E.
Business
Los Angeles
Jan 25, 2015

A nice American touch

I am an American who stayed here on business. The hotel was nice, with more American sized rooms than the typical British miniatures. The truly appreciated touch was that I had to spend Thanksgiving here away from family, and they actually offered a full Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings, which I took advantage of and truly appreciated.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

There is a decent laundrette a short walk away, Bobo's Bubbles, 154 Cromwell Road. They will do it for you until a certain hour, or you can do it yourself until late.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Fish and ships
Business
Israel
Dec 29, 2012

Ok but...

Room ok, outrageous Wifi costs. . bad pub service.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Not Applicable

Boxing day offers starts earlier in some shops

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Kensington
Business
NYC
Feb 26, 2014

Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

for the price, a good deal if you are just looking for a generic rooml. They need to update and put back small fridges in the rooms - a disappointment.

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

Business

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Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Oct 17, 2008

My review of Holiday Inn LONDON KENSINGTON FORUM

Location was fine and people were cooperative.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

There were a few restaurants around the hotel. A Thai restaurant about a block from the hotel going at Gloucester Road. Supermarkets as well and a short walk to the underground.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Hollywoood, Florida
Sep 15, 2009

First Time in London

The location is very good. The Underground is close, as are resturants, grocery stores and nice neighborhoods. The Concerige was very helpful. Rooms were small even though I booked an larger room. They did upgrade me to a Suite for only 75 quid for the 4 nights. This room was fine. Ask them about this, it was worth it.

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

Business

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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
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
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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