$124 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Aug 10, 2014 Check-out: Aug 11, 2014

Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

4 stars
97 CROMWELL ROAD, LONDON, LONDON, SW7 4DN
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
84 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 Heathrow Airport All Terminals, (LHR), 14.00, KM; London Gatwick North and South Terminal, (LGW), 30.00, KM; Stansted Airport, (STN), 42.00, KM;
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
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 (84)

Ratings and reviews for Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
84 out of 84
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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Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

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
Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

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

Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Student Saver
Boston, MA
Apr 22, 2009

Good room, good service, a little pricey

I was only there for one night, and a short one at that, but my stay was very good. I had a late check-in which wasn't a problem at all, I just called ahead and let them know. And when I checked out the next morning I was able to leave me luggage at the hotel for the day while I walked the city. Very accommodating staff; great experience!

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

Starting at the Holiday Inn in Kensington you can do one long walk (around 6 hours without stopping) all the way through London seeing every site! It's a great beginning location to explore the city!

Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
astroboy
Business
new york
Sep 20, 2011

nice location

It was some busy event week in London and we paid a lot ($520/US a nighr) for the stay. The room was small but nice location. If this was much much cheaper then I will come back.

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

Business

Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
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!

Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Travelpenguin
Washington DC
Aug 20, 2011

Recently renovated

We stayed for four nights in early August 2011. It was obvious that the interior has recently been updated, fresh carpet, paint, new furniture. It was nice and comfortable. The airconditioning worked well. The bath was freshly updated. It is only a five minute walk to the Glouster Road tube station and about a fifteen minute walk to the Victoria and Albert museum. I'd go back again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

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

Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
ucabeckham
Maumelle, AR
Mar 20, 2013

Great location, wonderful staff

Alan, the concierge, was absolute class during our stay. He never got frustrated despite our constant questioning. Even got us on the proper train to Paris after we were not informed that our original had been cancelled. The rooms are small but comfortable, and it is <5 minute walk to about 20 restaurants and the Glouchester Tube station. Perfect location. Very close to Stamford Bridge, for those unfortunate souls who are Chelsea fans ;) Definitely would recommend this hotel for anyone on a budget, who is spending more time out doing things as opposed to sitting in the hotel room.

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

Head towards the Glouchester Tube Station past the Millennium Hotel.

Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
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.

Review of Holiday Inn LONDON - KENSINGTON FORUM

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ralph/Cary
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
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

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

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