$138 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 2, 2015 Check-out: Aug 3, 2015

Thistle Kensington Gardens

4 stars
View map of 104 Bayswater Road, London, W2 3HL

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
63 reviews
Night in London

We picked this hotel because we wanted somewhere with good reviews, close to Paddington Station,... See full review

  • Robert B.
  • Jun 28, 2015
Great city location

As with most London hotels, thistle rooms were small, but the bathroom was very nice. Everything... See full review

  • David S.
  • May 23, 2015

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.

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.

Highlights
  • Easy access to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park
  • Free unlimited Wi-Fi access
  • Three meeting rooms and an on-site restaurant
Nearby attractions
  • 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)

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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
  • Sloane Square: 1.7 mi

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.

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

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
2:00 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.

Ratings and reviews for Thistle Kensington Gardens

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
63 out of 63
Amenities:
3.6
Cleanliness:
4.4
Hotel staff:
4.4
Comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.6
Value:
4.1

92% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Sidn
Business
Herkimer, NY
Aug 14, 2013

Disapointment

The hotel was not a 4 star hotel, I would rate it a 1 star or on a good day a 2 star. The carpets were stained and unsightly, dusty bathroom, no refrig in the room, elevators worked sporadically, safe in the room could not be opened with our valuables inside and the issue could not be resolved until the next day. Gas station as part of the ground floor generated fume odor if the window was open and when exiting the hotel.

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

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Use of the tube and bus system was excellent.

Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Old Grey Tom
Business
North New Jersey
Apr 9, 2014

Not a luxury venue

This is a venue that wants to be a luxury hotel but is not quite there. There is no concierge and the reception on the second floor is unusual. The use of a key to open electric facilities is strange and while the restaurant was good, the selections were limited. The staff was friendly and tried to assist, but it seemed you had to ask for everything. Not a luxury hotel, they still have a way to go.

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

Business

Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Joes1
Business
PA
Jul 9, 2012

Great Location

Needs free wifi. Hallways really tight. Rooms quite small. But location is great

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

Business

Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sep 24, 2012

Great location

Great location ( for dining, transportation by bus or tube) but small rooms.

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

Business

Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Puchkat
Business
San Francisco, CA, USA
Dec 13, 2012

Tiny room, great location

Its all relative in London'd hotels. This one is new and remodeled so not as stuffy as others. But, the standard double room in incredibly tiny (two people cant even pass the hallways together without twitching) Our bathroom (tiny) SINK WAS CLOGGED for the entire 2 days stay. not enough shelves in bathroom to place stuff. Location is good, 1 min from Queensway tube stop.

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

Business

Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
TiMaia
Business
Cairo, Egypt
Mar 2, 2013

Nothing "Wow", Nothing "Ah!"

Your average place to get a warm bed. Small room, but hey, this is London we're talking about. Value was average, hotel staff are okay, nothing special. Location decent, but you can be at a decent location anywhere in London with the extent of the Tube/bus system.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

"Big Bus Site Seeing" tour company stops RIGHT downstairs at the street corner. It costs 29 British Pounds for 48 hours. We did not know this and used the Tube the entire day before touring on the bus. If you are doing at least 2 days of site seeing, you should just get the 29 pound 48-hour hop-on-hop-off pass. With 40-ish stops, this bus tour will get you close enough to wherever you want to go in downtown London so you won't have to bother with the Tube (it can be a little confusing and ends up being a lot of walking if you have to transfer lines). The only thing you'll have to think about is that the Big Bus tours' last bus is around sundown, whereas the Tube goes late into the night if you are out late. Happy touring!

Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Frequent Traveler to Frankfurt
Business
Switzerland
May 6, 2010

Great Welcome

Great welcome from the staff, who were very helpful. Room was clean if rather small. Kensington Gardens location is very nice.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

The Park and Gardens

Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
odontonator
Business
Portland, OR
Dec 4, 2010

place in transition

Location was great near Kensington Garden and close to one of the On/Off bus tour stops. Nice view of the park. Right now is not the time to stay at this hotel due to their renovation project. There is no proper concierge desk and the ground floor access is very awkward with the construction. Requested a non-smoking room with two beds, but given a very smelly smoking room when to one with two beds. The towel heater would have been a nice touch but didn't work. Mildew noted on ceiling above shower. Staff were friendly. However, they asked to see my prepaid statement both at check-in and check-out which was annoying.

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

Business

Shopping tip: Not Applicable

Find out what your bank charges for foreign transactions on your credit card before your trip.

Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Bigchugger
Business
USA
Nov 19, 2014

Good, clean, small

Holiday Inn style. Very clean. Great rates for London. If you don't what to drink or workout, and you're not going to do laps in your room, a good value.

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

Business

Review of Thistle Kensington Gardens

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
henryj
Business
San Francisco
May 10, 2015

Great location.

Hotel was nice, in a great location. However, there was a small ant infestation, with the little buggers popping up all over. Staff was very nice and very eager to help, but there were no native English speakers.

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

Business

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