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Fifty-Four Boutique Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Where do I start with my review of "Boutique" Hotel 54? I will start off with saying that I really wanted to love this hotel - after spending the better part of the last month staying in hostels, I had high hopes. Perhaps too high. The moment I walked in, I was greeted by a nonchalant young man who seemed not only disinterested in his job, but disinterested in life itself. When enquiring about the room that I booked he told me that I had booked a single room (ok... my mistake) and that I would be residing on the 4th floor. After a bit of back and forth about the room size and asking for an upgrade which I will gladly pay for, I requested the manager who was conveniently "on his break", I walked upstairs to check out the room. I'd like to add that I did not receive even an offer to carry my 30kg suitcase up the stairs, so I lifted with my legs and walked up the stairs to Room 14. Much to my horror, the room that I was put into had peeling paint (see pictures) as well as grubby carpet and to top it off, a nice little spider waiting for me in the toilet. Here's the part where I'd like to say I sucked it up and stayed - but with the knowledge of spending AUD$200 a night on accommodation which is already not what you expected, this was not cutting it. After walking down the stairs and seeing more water mildew and lifting paint, I asked the lovely gentleman at the reception desk for a change in room. Lucky me was then referred to Room #5 which was slightly better. After leaving the hotel for a short period and coming back, my room key stopped working and I had to get it reactivated by who I believe is "the manager". I know this can happen when keys are in your wallet around other keys, but this was the cherry on top after a long rainy day in London. I don't generally give hotels 1* but I must say that I've stayed in hostels better than this which have cost a fraction of the price and with 100x better customer service. I do not know how this hotel has received a 4* rating, because it's a 2.5-3 at best. Please read all reviews and do NOT stay here if you want any value for money or customer service.

There are pros and cons to this hotel. Pros - great location in the south Kensington area right opposite the natural history museum as well as being extremely close to the science museum and the Imperial college. Great for the Royal Albert Hall (7 mins walk), also very close to the tube stations on the Piccadilly line. The street is lovely and the hotel looks very nice on the first appearance. When you go inside, it is again very nice, the dining area is quite pleasant (and they even serve pizza etc if you want to have something late night). The room itself was clean and pleasant and the view from our 4th-floor room was really nice - facing the garden of the natural history museum. HOWEVER, be careful while booking because there is no lift to the 4th floor, lift is only up to the 2nd floor. So it was very inconvenient for us to carry a heavy suitcase upstairs via (Very) narrow and spiral staircase!! The room itself was quite small and there was hardly any room to open our suitcases! TV - very mediocre, in-room tea-coffee making facilities, safe etc although there was nothing `boutique' about it. The bathroom while clean could have been more stylish. Continental breakfast was fine with good coffee, croissant, fresh fruits etc in a pleasant dining room. Morning/Daytime staff were very nice and helpful, the one who checked us in could have been more welcoming though! Overall, a pleasant stay in a lovely area. Despite that, we felt the hotel was overpriced for what it offers. The price seems to reflect the area more than the quality of the hotel itself.

We stayed here in order to go to a concert at The Royal Albert Hall for which the hotel was very convenient and easily within walking distance. Probably I am some way out of touch, but I thought the hotel was slightly overpriced for what we got-basically a basement room with limited light and very limited space-but there we are - this is central London. Staff were very friendly and competent. The hotel itself is in a very picturesque street - quite a few embassies etc, although probably could do with a bit of renovation and tidying up decoratively speaking in places. Breakfast was okay, nothing particularly special-maybe miss breakfast and have something nearby instead, but that's your choice.

Stayed for one night during hot weather so very thankful for air con! Nicely appointed room with good sized bathroom and bath. Very clean with nice toiletries. Hotel very well situated for quick and easy access to lots of the main attractions in London and over the road from the British Museum. Staff were all very helpful and polite and even though we arrived early we were able to get into the room. A very cool, quiet and comfortable night's sleep. Some rooms involve using a few stairs so best to check if you have mobility issues. Would definitely stay here again.

Room was spacious but needed a bit of loving care, paint was peeling in some places and furniture looked old. Also the air-conditioned made strange noises throughout the night (even when it was turned off). Location was good but we won't be rushing back.

I only stayed one night, the room was small, but good value by London standards. Bathroom was really clean and the room was really quiet, so I slept really well. Staff were very friendly and really helpful. Great for the Albert Hall

We stayed two nights around a concert in Royal Albert Hall but found out that the very pleasant hotel is a great "oasis" within most popular London sites. Rooms and breakfast were great, Staff was very friendly and helpful. Thanks. We'll be back.

Don't know how they got their 4 stars. The daily management actually did try to offer a kind of service, but as soon as we reached the afternoon .... the hotel had a creepy atmosphere .... strange staff, very little helpful. The room was clean, however and the airconditon worked allright. But really overprized, - even for London. Don't go.

Firstly this is not a "boutique" hotel, just a large converted kensington house. Room 18 on 2nd floor is small - only room for one bedside unit and shower only in the en-suite. Room was clean and basically supplied with tiny/slow kettle and tea & coffee supplies etc. Bed was comfortable enough for the one night we stayed. Continental breakfast was basic but reasonable quality but only instant decaf coffee available. Hotel is very convenient for RAH and 6 or 7 minutes from Gloucester Rd tube. Overall pretty good for the price

I chose this hotel as it was in the next road to the Royal Albert Hall so would be nice and close for our trip to see Phil Collins, unfortunately he decided to trip over his own hotel room which meant the gig got cancelled very last minute. Unable to cancel the hotel we decide to have a night out anyway and managed to get 2 tickets to Mamma Mia (great show) so was a bit far away. The nearest tube is a block away so ten minutes top walking and you can get into the theatre district in 15 mins easy, next door is the natural and science museum and a 15 walk is Harrods etc so plenty to do and see with in walking distance. On entering the hotel we noticed it was clean and tidy, the staff were helpful and knowledgeable and showed us to our deluxe room, we had room number one which was down in the basement, wow it was huge, no view but who wants a view if you want to see one go outside, the room was clean, it had Air Con, fridge, iron, tv and most impressive of all a nespresso coffee machine. The bathroom was a good size with a full length bath and shower, the bed was massive and comfortable. Breakfast in the morning was continental, it was ok there not my favourite anyway so just had a croissant and a bit of toast, coffee was fresh so morning set up. Would defiantly stay here again if we were doing the Albert hall or anything else in the area. Booked through American Express travel so got a really good rate which was defiantly worth the money.

54 Queens Gate London England

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge
  • Laundry facilities

Located in South Kensington, Fifty-Four Boutique Hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Natural History Museum and within 15 minutes of other popular attractions like Royal Albert Hall. This 26-room, 4-star hotel has conveniences like a bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café, and free in-room WiFi. In the historical district, it's also near Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.


For your convenience, a continental breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with room service, or quench your thirst with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café.


All of Fifty-Four Boutique Hotel's 26 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including refrigerators, free minibar items, and electric kettles. Guests can expect free WiFi and 32-inch LCD TVs. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries, and beds are dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets. Other standard amenities include free newspapers, free bottled water, and safes.

Property features

Fifty-Four Boutique Hotel features free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and express check-in. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Additional amenities include express check-out, laundry facilities, and a fireplace in the lobby.

Room options

Standard Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Deluxe Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

81% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 636 reviews