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The Gore Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I stayed in this beautiful hotel for two nights in the Judy Garland room. Absolutely beautiful. The reception staff were friendly and efficient and the gentleman who carried my bags upstairs was very helpful and informative. I managed to park directly outside which was a bonus! The hotel is very near to Albert Hall and to some very good restaurants along Gloucester Rd.

This hotel ticked all the boxes required for a memorable birthday weekend. Staff extremely friendly and efficient with check in/out. A plate of scrumptious edible treats were left in the room, which was a lovely birthday gesture! Our room was at the rear of the building where we could see the Albert Hall. Walked there within a few minutes and watched Cirque de Soleil which was Amazing. Afterwards we had cocktails in the very well stocked bar, again the staff were excellent. This hotel is in a fantastic location, with great staff and I wouldn't hesitate in making a repeat booking.

The location is perfect, 15 minute walk from South Ken station. Its a charming boutique hotel with friendly reception staff. We were on the 5th floor and our room was pleasant, but tiny. Its fine for one night though. The bed was comfy but unfortunately the water was cold in the morning so we couldn't shower. We tried to ring the desk but it took ages to get someone to answer. By then we decided to just dress and check out. The lady on the desk was very apologetic and didn't charge us for our mini bar drinks which was nice, albeit we would have preferred a warm shower.

My wife and I stayed at the Gore for two days just before Christmas 2017. This is a quirky little hotel with quaint, old-fashioned rooms and polite staff. Our room was small, but the bed was comfortable, and the amenities clean. It's an old hotel, so you should not come here expecting all the mod cons - the bathrooms are serviceable, but definitely not modern, and the hotel itself creaks with age. There is a lovely large library/sitting room which was decorated for Christmas when we stayed. All the usual hotel business - check-in, taxis etc - was handled efficiently and politely. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for something a little bit different and with character. Note: There is a bar adjoining the hotel, which is quite a nice sitting area unless it is busy, in which case we found it too noisy and boisterous, with very loud music (too loud to talk comfortably). In our opinion, it was quite out of character with the hotel itself. The drinks were overly expensive, even by London standards. Give it a miss.

We stayed here over a weekend as we we’re attending an event at the Royal Albert Hall which is just around the corner. It has charm and is quirky with creaking floorboards, a lift that takes ages to arrive and clatters and groans while moving. The four poster bed was too short and I am of average height. The power went off in the evening which resulted in the bar being closed and the bar staff went home. You could still get a drink from the night porter but he could not make any cocktails and struggled even with a simple gin and tonic. Breakfast was made to order and the choice was extensive. Nice hotel but nothing special.

My wife and I stayed at this Hotel on our honeymoon, on our way to Morocco a few years back. I picked it because of location, value and style. Love it's Victorian charm. It was a great experience then and so we stayed again this time thru London. Excellent location, near Hyde Park and Prince Albert Hall. A nice easy walk to The V&A and Harrod's. They have an awesome breakfast, helpful, friendly international staff and the bar is a great hangout! Hell the Stones partied here. It's best feature is it's homey rooms and personal service! Our "go to" Hotel in London!

We have stayed here a few times, and have always thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff have always been polite and helpful. The rooms don't have all the amenities of modern hotels, but they do ooze with charm (including creaky floorboards!), and the beds are very comfortable. The plumbing can be a little temperamental (and sometimes noisy in the night!), but this is to be expected in a building this old. We haven't had dinner in the restaurant, as we usually have lunch elsewhere (they don't do lunch), and then have a bar snack in the Bar 190. However, breakfast is excellent, with plenty of choice, both continental and cooked. We always leave well satisfied.

The staff are welcoming, comfortable beds, well located for V&A, Natural history, Albert Hall and Kensington shopping to name a few. This small hotel has a boutique feel, cosy bar and good restaurant. I’ve now stayed twice and have booked in for a 3rd stay this month. Not the largest rooms and some only have showers over bath, and a bit disappointed the water in the fridge is in plastic bottles instead of glass for recycling but otherwise attention to detail is good. Rooms a bit hot but can open windows and get fresh air which is a nice option in town. Happy to recommend.

We stayed at the Gore last February. It was very handy for the Royal Albert Hall and the Natural History Museum amongst others. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The room was lovely with a four poster bed. While it was clean and a decent size we had no tea and coffee making facilities. We enjoyed our stay but decided to leave the bar early on our first night when a trio of non guests started to put on a rather X-rated show of public affection. The bar prices were pretty steep and breakfast was poor value for money given the cost. I would stay here again but I’d find another bar and somewhere else for breakfast.

My husband booked the Gore as part of my 30th Birthday celebrations. There was a great selection of suites online and although I'd hoped to stay in the Judy Garland suite, it was unavailable so we went with the Dame Nellie suite instead. The Hotel definitely has its charm and it did have some lovely features however the room was slightly different to the photos we saw online and felt a bit disheveled. There were marks on the carpet, one of the bedside lamps was not working (there was a fuse next to it which I assume was to be replaced), the table was a nest of mirrors which were all scuffed and did not really go with the other furniture in the room, there was no sofa at the foot of the bed, part of the toilet was broken, paint was quite tatty in places etc. It did not take away from the novelty of the room but it was less than we had expected. The bathroom was impressive but the water from the shower went everywhere, I tried my best to mop up the majority - I feel its more for show than for being practical which isnt great if you dont have the time for a bath. The bed was lovely and soft and we had a great night sleep but it is quite an old building so expect the odd squeak and bang. The staff were excellent, in particular the porter who showed us to our room and brought up two complimentary glasses of wine for us upon hearing it was my birthday. We had tickets for Cirque du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall and were so pleased at how close it was to the Hotel. We also chose to eat at a pub round the corner called the queens arms which I would not recommend - The hotels food looked much nicer and I wish we had tried the restaurant. I'm not sure if we would return to The Gore but it was an overall pleasant experience.

190 Queen's Gate, Kensington London England

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Royal Albert Hall and Imperial College London
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Business center

Located in Kensington, The Gore Hotel is adjacent to Royal Albert Hall and within a 10-minute walk of other popular attractions like Imperial College London. This 50-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi. In the historical district, it's also near Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.


This hotel serves as home to a cocktail bar, along with a restaurant that specializes in British cuisine. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a full breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 11 AM.


The 50 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including minibars, safes, and phones. Guests can expect to find wired Internet, free WiFi, and flat-screen TVs. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries, and beds sport Frette Italian sheets. Desks are also available.

Property features

The Gore Hotel features free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and express check-in. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this boutique hotel include a porter/bellhop and wedding services.

Room options

Superior Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Triple Room (1 Double & 1 Rollaway Bed)

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1610 reviews