$139 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 31, 2014 Check-out: Sep 1, 2014

Thistle Kensington Gardens

4 stars
104 Bayswater Road, London, W2 3HL
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
185 reviews
Great

I was very pleased with the hotel. The staff was very helpful. The breakfast was very good. The... See full review

  • BILLC239485
  • May 22, 2014
Great Location

The Thistle Kensington Gardens is set in a beautiful residential area of London across the street... See full review

  • Frankie D7
  • May 19, 2014
Posh hotel with free Wi-Fi near the lush Kensington Gardens

A contemporary hotel close to lush London parks yet within convenient distance of top local attractions, Thistle Kensington Gardens makes for an ideal starting point for exploring the heritage-rich England capital. Tourists staying at this posh retreat wander around Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, admire the cityscape aboard London Eye and view collections at Tower of London and Victoria and Albert Museum.

 

Guests have restful sleep at the comfortably appointed accommodations after a long day touring around the city.  Corporate visitors can hold meetings at the function rooms that can hold up to 45 people. This stylish property features the on-site The Brasserie that serves tasty meals and refreshing drinks. Parking (fees apply) and hotel-wide Wi-Fi access are also offered for a more convenient stay.

3 Reasons To Stay
  • Easy access to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park
  • Free unlimited Wi-Fi access
  • Three meeting rooms and an on-site restaurant
Thistle Kensington Gardens Rooms

Thistle Kensington Gardens provides 175 rooms and suites appointed with modern amenities, coffee- and tea-making facilities, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV, iron/board, hairdryer, safe deposit box, work desk and en suite bathroom. Room service and accessible units are available.

Things To Do
  • Kensington Gardens (0.5 km/0.3 mi)
  • Hyde Park (1.3 km/0.8 mi)
  • Victoria and Albert Museum (1.7 km/1.1 mi)
  • Madame Tussauds London (2.4 km/1.5 mi)
  • Buckingham Palace (3.0 km/1.9 mi)
  • Trafalgar Square (3.8 km/2.4 mi)
  • Westminster Abbey (4.1 km/2.6 mi)
  • Palace of Westminster/Big Ben (4.3 km/2.7 mi)
  • London Eye (4.5 km/2.8 mi)
  • Tate Modern, London (5.8 km/3.6 mi)
  • Tower of London (7.4 km/4.6 mi)

Hotel Map

51.5105 -0.184
Area served
Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park.
Nearby airports
London Heathrow.
Area description
Recently refurbished to the highest standards, Thistle Kensington Gardens has the best of London right on the doorstep. Hyde Park is literally across the road from the hotel, with the West End shops and theatres just 15 minutes' walk or a short cab ride away. Close to the hotel is Kensington Palace, which was home to Diana, Princess of Wales, and the famous Gardens that give us our name.

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Thistle Kensington Gardens Rooms

Standard Twin
Our Standard Twin rooms have everything you need for a relaxed and comfortable stay. Quiet, spacious, with two single beds and decorated in a warm colour palette, they are a welcome sight for any traveller. And when you've finished checking your emails or surfing the net via our BT Openzone wireless broadband connection, you can relax in the ensuite bathroom with your complimentary toiletries. Facilities Available: BT Openzone Wi-Fi Coffee and Tea Making Facilities Complimentary Toiletries Direct Dial Telephone Flat Screen LCD TV With Free View Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board Radio Room Safe Work Desk
Deluxe Double With View
All the comforts and amenities of our Standard bedrooms, and then some. Recently refurbished with a simpler, more contemporary colour palette, complemented by bold, vibrant fabrics, our Deluxe Double rooms with fantastic views overlooking Hyde Park, offer a large work desk and a state of the art LCD TVs as well as wireless broadband connection giving you access to your emails and the internet. Facilities Available: Bathrobes BT Openzone Wi-Fi Coffee and Tea Making Facilities Complimentary Toiletries Direct Dial Telephone Flat Screen LCD TV With Free View Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board Radio Room Safe Work Desk
Deluxe Double
All the comforts and amenities of our Standard bedrooms, and then some. Recently refurbished with a simpler, more contemporary colour palette, complemented by bold, vibrant fabrics, our Deluxe Double rooms offer a large work desk and a state of the art LCD TVs as well as wireless broadband connection giving you access to your emails and the internet. Facilities Available: Bathrobes BT Openzone Wi-Fi Coffee and Tea Making Facilities Complimentary Toiletries Direct Dial Telephone Flat Screen LCD TV With Free View Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board Radio Room Safe Work Desk
Deluxe Twin
All the comforts and amenities of our Standard bedrooms, and then some. Recently refurbished with a simpler, more contemporary colour palette, complemented by bold, vibrant fabrics, our Deluxe Twin rooms offer a large work desk, state of the art LCD TV and wireless broadband connection giving you access to your emails and the internet. Facilities Available: Bathrobes BT Openzone Wi-Fi (chargeable) Coffee and Tea Making Facilities Complimentary Toiletries Direct Dial Telephone Flat Screen LCD TV with Freeview Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board Larger Room Radio Room Safe Work Desk
Family Room (Sleeps 3)
You may not be travelling light these days, but with our Family rooms, you can still stay in comfort. All out rooms have a double bed with a roll away bed. Our rooms are also equipped with a well-appointed ensuite bathroom, LCD TV, in-room safe and BT Openzone wireless broadband connection. Facilities Available: BT Openzone Wi-Fi Coffee and Tea Making Facilities Complimentary Toiletries Direct Dial Telephone Flat Screen LCD TV With Free View Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board Radio Room Safe Work Desk
Executive King
When you fancy a real treat our Executive King rooms offer the perfect retreat at the end of a hectic day. Recently refurbished to reflect a more contemporary look, complemented by bold, vibrant fabrics, they're larger than our Standard rooms, providing space for a king-size bed and a large work desk. All rooms boast an LCD TV and complimentary toiletries and bathrobes. Plus you'll have wi-fi broadband internet access and an in-room safe to store your valuables. Facilities Available: Bathrobes BT Openzone Wi-Fi Coffee and Tea Making Facilities Complimentary Toiletries Direct Dial Telephone Flat Screen LCD TV With Free View Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board King Sized Bed Larger Room Radio Room Safe Small Bottle Mineral Water Work Desk
Standard Double
Our Standard rooms have everything you need for a relaxed and comfortable stay. Quiet, spacious and decorated in a warm colour palette, they are a welcome sight for any traveller. Boasting LCD TV, an in-room safe and wireless broadband connection giving you access to your emails and the internet, our Standard Doubles are perfect for business or leisure. Facilities Available: BT Openzone Wi-Fi Coffee and Tea Making Facilities Complimentary Toiletries Direct Dial Telephone Flat Screen LCD TV With Free View Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board Radio Room Safe Work Desk

Amenities

  • Free internet
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Internet
Free internet
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Accessible facilities
Wheel chair access
Accessible parking
Public areas wheelchair accessible for disabled
Handicapped parking
Wheelchair accessible elevators
Ramp access to buildings

Nearby points of interest

  • Queensway: 0.2 mi
  • Lancaster Gate: 0.3 mi
  • Kensington Gardens: 0.3 mi
  • Whiteleys Shopping Centre : 0.4 mi
  • Kensington Palace: 0.5 mi
  • Paddington Station: 0.6 mi
  • Albert Memorial : 0.6 mi
  • High Street Kensington: 0.7 mi
  • Royal Albert Hall: 0.7 mi
  • Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum: 0.8 mi
  • Royal College of Music Archives and Museum of Instruments: 0.8 mi
  • City of Westminster: 0.9 mi
  • Imperial College London: 0.9 mi
  • Notting Hill: 1 mi
  • Hyde Park: 1 mi
  • Queensway: 0.2 mi
  • Lancaster Gate: 0.3 mi
  • Kensington Gardens: 0.3 mi
  • Whiteleys Shopping Centre : 0.4 mi
  • Kensington Palace: 0.5 mi
  • Paddington Station: 0.6 mi
  • Albert Memorial : 0.6 mi
  • High Street Kensington: 0.7 mi
  • Royal Albert Hall: 0.7 mi
  • Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum: 0.8 mi
  • Royal College of Music Archives and Museum of Instruments: 0.8 mi
  • City of Westminster: 0.9 mi
  • Imperial College London: 0.9 mi
  • Notting Hill: 1 mi
  • Hyde Park: 1 mi
  • Science Museum London: 1 mi
  • Showroom Gallery: 1 mi
  • Baden-Powell House Exhibition: 1.1 mi
  • Natural History Museum: 1.1 mi
  • Gloucester Road: 1.1 mi
  • Marble Arch: 1.1 mi
  • Victoria and Albert Museum: 1.1 mi
  • National Art Library: 1.1 mi
  • Harrods: 1.2 mi
  • Knightsbridge: 1.2 mi
  • Park Lane: 1.3 mi
  • Portobello Market: 1.3 mi
  • Maida Vale: 1.3 mi
  • Portobello Road: 1.3 mi
  • Lords Cricket Ground: 1.3 mi
  • Selfridges: 1.4 mi
  • Baker Street: 1.4 mi
  • Hyde Park Corner: 1.4 mi
  • Sherlock Holmes Museum: 1.4 mi
  • Wallace Collection: 1.5 mi
  • London Business School: 1.5 mi
  • Earls Court Exhibition Centre: 1.5 mi
  • Bond Street London: 1.5 mi
  • Wellington Arch: 1.5 mi
  • Madame Tussauds: 1.5 mi
  • Cadogan Hall: 1.6 mi
  • Handel House Museum: 1.6 mi
  • Westfield Shopping Centre : 1.6 mi
  • Royal Academy of Music: 1.7 mi
  • Chelsea: 1.7 mi

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Our largest function, the Park & Porchester Room, seats up to 45 people theatre-style, making it suitable for presentations and larger meetings, with views over Kensington Gardens. We have a further room suitable for board and team meetings, training sessions, presentations, interviews and private dining. Large windows let in lots of natural light, helping to keep everyone feeling fresh - and superb views over Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens make this a wonderful venue fir a wedding reception. All our meeting rooms come fully equipped with Air-conditioning LCD projector and screen BT Openzone wireless internet access

Dining

The Brasserie
The Brasserie offers all your food and drink requirement in one location. Whether you are looking for a ideal place to friends and colleagues, relax after work or for a pre-theatre drink. Alternatively, you can dine in confort and choose from an enticing menu and wine list.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1200

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.

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Guest Reviews (185)

Ratings and reviews for Thistle Kensington Gardens

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
185 out of 185
Amenities:
3.8
Room cleanliness:
4.4
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.4
Value:
4

92% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
LJK50
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Aug 12, 2014

Nice hotel, Great location

Clean modern rooms. Very convenient to the Central Line. Rooms are standard size by English standards, so small by American standards. Rooms were quiet despite the busy location.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Majba
East Sussex
Jul 10, 2014

Small rooms but adequate.

Small rooms but modern, clean and in a good location. Excellent reception staff.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jannybunyo
Doncaster England
Jul 10, 2014

Lovely hotel in great location

friendly helpful staff. Located really near the tube and bus making it easy to get to anywhere you want to go. Opposite Kensington gardens which are gorgeous for a stroll and lead across to Kensington/Knightsbridge for the V and A and natural history museums. Hotel is clean and luxurious. plenty of toiletries and room refreshments left each day. Clean towels every day. No complaints at all. Would recommend and would stay again

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

Walk across the Kensington gardens or cycle! Free and really lovely. Things to do within the park and leads to the museums at the other side

Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Kimcogs
Sydney, Australia
Jul 7, 2014

London 3 night stay standard double

We arrived to London on a 5.00am flight, we went to the hotel with our bags the concierge was kind enough to check us in at 7.30. I later saw a gentleman at 10 trying to do the same think a different concierge was giving him the advise that it may be a good idea next time to book the previous night. I think we were just lucky. We didn't have breakfast. They told us it was available for a charge upon checkin. The room was neat and clean, the bathroom was ok, bath tubs are a bit of a slipping hazzard although if your worried the hotel offers non slip bath mats. There was no bar fridge, which was odd, but the tea and coffee facilities are there. The bed wasn't great, something I would expect to have in a 2 star hotel. Springs had all gone and it was not very comfortable. Free wifi and air conditioning. All up a good hotel. Thank you thistle. If you require a hotel more In the city or in the west end there are area other thistle locations.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
4
Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MZ the Solo Traveler
Brooklyn, NY
Jul 6, 2014

Lovely hotel, nice location

What a fantastic time! Highly recommend the hotel, especially for a London novice like myself. Quite comfortable with state of the art bathrooms, and helpful staff. What a great value. I loved my stay. And the location is perfect--right across from Kensington Gardens. It's close to public transportation--several city bus lines stop right in front of the hotel. (And a couple of tour bus lines, too.) And it's just a short walk to the Central and District Tube stops. If I had to come up with one criticism, it's that the in-room entertainment was lacking. Not a big deal, but it would have been nice to relax in the room at night watching a movie. (Not be limited to local TV.) One last tidbit for Peter Pan fans -- if you're considering this hotel, you probably already know about the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens. But don't miss the chance to stroll by author JM Barrie's house... It's one block east, at the corner of Bayswater & Leinster Terrace.

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

If you love ice cream, you will absolutely die for Fenton's ice cream shop!! (So much better than anything we have here in The US.) It's on Bayswater road, by the Queensway tube stop. Do not miss it!

Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ronii
Santa Cruz California
Jun 8, 2014

Very nice and convenient

Fabulously smooth and fast internet. Helpful staff. They have quiet rooms. Their windows open.

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

Good Persian restaurants nearby. And Indian though didn't try those.

Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
BILLC239485
Geogia
May 22, 2014

Great

I was very pleased with the hotel. The staff was very helpful. The breakfast was very good. The location was great. It was close to a Underground station. The room was larger that what I had expected. I would really recommend this hotel. We finished off our stay with a walk in Kensington Park.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Frankie D7
Business
New York, NY
May 19, 2014

Great Location

The Thistle Kensington Gardens is set in a beautiful residential area of London across the street from Kensington and Hyde Parks. The room was very nice and the bed was very comfortable. I enjoyed the large shower with the overhead over sized shower head. The hot and cold buffet breakfast was excellent. It is located two blocks from the "Central Line" metro train station and an excellent food and drink Pub called "The Black Lion" that dates back to the mid 1700's. I had a wonderful time.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The Black Lion Pub is worth a visit for drinks and food.

Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Just go 396
Florida
May 16, 2014

Great stay in London!

Thistle is a great hotel to stay in your London visit. Great location, staff was friendly and helpful. Rooms were good. Small but to be expected in London. Tube station 5 min walk. Would stay again!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Petisue
WA, USA
May 16, 2014

Excellent London Stay

Form the moment we walked in we had friendly, professional service, happy to make one large bed into,two so our boys could sleep easier, get us taxis, directions or suggestions. Rooms are modest sized, but beds very comfortable, bathroom solidly decked out, very low street noise and great location near tube line and Kensington/Hyde Park. Breakfast buffet very well stocked, delicious fruit, excellent hot choices and great porridge!! Don't be put off by street level entry - having check-in, restaurant, etc. on first floor makes everything feel safe and calm. We'll be back!

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

Visit nearby Kensington Palace for intimate history of Queen Victoria and other famous royal residents past and present! Plus beautiful gardens nearby recently renovated.

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