$138 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Oct 19, 2014 Check-out: Oct 20, 2014

Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

4 stars
97 Cromwell Road, LONDON, London, SW7 4DN
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
54 reviews
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
Great London Stay

Wonderful. The room was always spotless when we got back from our day in the city. The restaurant... See full review

  • Diane tennis player runne
  • Jun 25, 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.

Hotel Map

51.4948 -0.1854
Nearby airports
London Gatwick North and South Terminal, (LGW), 30.00, KM, NW; London Heathrow Airport All Terminals, (LHR), 14.00, KM, E; Stansted Airport, (STN), 42.00, KM, SW;
Area description
Downtown, downtown

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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
Sofa bed
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
  • Chelsea: 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

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 (54)

Ratings and reviews for Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
54 out of 54
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.2
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.9

85% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Traveling Man NES
Nashville, Tennessee
Jun 26, 2013

Excellent time and stay

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

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Get a London Pass to cover the subway and buses. You can get almost anywhere.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
North Palm Beach, FL.
Jun 25, 2009

Terrific venue

convenient South Kensington location to great shopping, Harrod's, Royal Albert Hall, Science museum. hotel personnel were very helpful and pleasant would recoomend to anyone traveling to London

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

Restaurant named Ollin's withi short walk of hotel.Great service, tremendous staff

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Made In Brookln
Brooklyn, NY
Dec 13, 2012

Long weekend

I was very happy with the hotel which is located in an excellent area with a short hop and a skip to the tube, pubs, and shops.

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

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
LONDON
May 14, 2011

NICE HOTEL GOOD SERVICE BED UNCOMFORTABL

TOOK TOURS

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

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
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

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
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room 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

4
5.01.0
Sesh
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
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Samir A. K
Riyadh Saudi Arabia
Sep 15, 2011

Met my expectation

I arrived London sept 11, 2011 flying from Portland, Oregon to Chicago. Staying at the holiday inn forum based reading several hotels reviews and checking for rates. The holiday inn forum just met my expectation with regard to the convience of its location to the Gloucster subway station and tesco supermarket and sevral restaurants, fast food restaurants, cafe's including star bucks coffee where you can obtain a UK starbucks user name and pass word for 5 pounds = $8 to use free wifi in any starbucks in london. Still much cheaper then hotel rate. Nothing is free in London. Forget holiday inn hotels in the u.s when it comes to free wifi Or prices. Tow weeks before I was in holiday inn Redding California stayed in a much larger executive room with 2 queen size beds that takes 3 people for the rate of less than $140/night comparing $500/night in London inclusive tax and breakfast All in all the quality of services, breakfast, cleanliness was fair. Windows were double glazed and isolated the out side noise. But the wall between the rooms not the same. Also the hall way carpet is wary and should be changed. The hotel concierge was helpful in directions and arranging a shuttle to the airport. It's half the price of a taxi and more convenient than the underground with all your luggage. But for theater tickets got cheaper ones from theater tickets in Piccadilly ticket shops or online or even walking to the theater itself like I did for the phantom of the opera

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

The mousetrap a play - whodunit An Agatha Christi story This has been showing in the same theater ST Martin's on west st WC2 for 52 years making it the longest in history of theaters Also don't miss mamma mia if you like ABBA songs

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Travelin Steve
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
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

4
5.01.0
Annuliina
Järvenpää, Finland
Mar 20, 2013

Perfect location

Easy to get to from Gatwick Airport by train to Victoria and underground to Gloucester Road station, which is just around the corner from the hotel. The area is beautiful. Nice museums just nearby. Portobello Market, Kensington Gardens and South Kensington´s shopping streets also quite near. We really enjoyed our holiday and will use this hotel also during our next visit. The staff was friendly and the breakfast delicious. Thank You!

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

Visit the Victoria and Albert museum Friday night (open until 22 pm). The atmosphere was lovely with nice music and a glass of wine before strolling through the exhibitions.

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