Set in an upscale corner of West London, the Crowne Plaza London Kensington is a well-equipped townhouse hotel with a boutique feel. Behind its Victorian façade hides a sleek sports bar, a gym with a sauna and -- unusual for a city property -- a leafy acre of private gardens.
The well-reviewed restaurant, Umami, is open daily for dinner and weekday lunches. Dishes are available in two sizes -- small and sharing -- and the London Evening Standard describes the menu as "a brilliant gathering of the best of the pan-Asian table".
The location is excellent for sightseeing and shopping. Ten minutes' walk away is Kensington Palace, the Natural History Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Science Museum, with Harrods and the shops on Kensington High Street a further 10 minutes on foot. Gloucester Road Tube station is just around the corner, bringing you to the heart of the West End in 10 minutes. Business travellers will be a 10-minute taxi journey from Olympia exhibition centre and the City is 30 minutes away by Tube.
Those looking for exercise in the great outdoors can explore Henry VIII's old hunting grounds in neighbouring Hyde Park, a short stroll away. It's ideal for jogging or walking, but there's also a boating lake and open-air swimming at the Serpentine Lido.
Modern rooms are city slick, with pinstripe carpets, rolling desk chairs and double-glazed windows overlooking the garden. Families can be accommodated in Deluxe rooms with two double beds, and connecting rooms are available on request. Upgrade to a split-level suite for longer stays -- they feel more like an apartment. Guests staying in Club rooms also get access to the Club Lounge, where breakfast, beverages and snacks are complimentary. The hotel also has a Quiet Zone, away from ice machines and lifts to ensure a good night's sleep.
by Michelle Brister
Newspaper / magazines
Gym / fitness center
Sauna / Steam Room
24-hour front desk
24-hour room service
Laundry / dry cleaning
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
Pay-per-view / movies on demand
Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 2pm
Standard checkout time: 12pm
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 2pm Check-out time is 12pm
You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.
Know Before You Go
Children 12 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
Fee for full breakfast: GBP 17.95 per person (approximately)
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.
hotel is around 30 minutes by taxi from Heathrow Airport. It takes twice as long by public
transport -- take the Piccadilly Line on the Underground to Gloucester
Road, just around the corner from the hotel. London City Airport is half an
hour's drive away and 40 minutes by public transport -- take the DLR to
Canning Town, the Jubilee Line to Green Park and then the Piccadilly Line to
Gloucester Road. From Gatwick Airport it's about an hour to the hotel, by taxi
or train (take the mainline train to Victoria and then the District Line on the
Underground to Gloucester Road). There's no on-site parking, but nearby public
parking is available (charges apply).
Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.
*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.
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