Member Exclusive – London: 4-star chic hotel stay
We visited this London hotel and were impressed by the funky decor such as the transparent piano. Overnight stay prices have now dropped on certain dates:
- $135-$189 per night ... 17-22, 24-31 Aug; 2, 7-9, 14-16, 22-23 Sep
Why We Love It
- The location is hard to beat -- it's near Earls Court and Kensington Gardens
- Walking distance of the Natural History, Science and Victoria & Albert museums
The white-pillared, Victorian-style Hotel Xenia sits pretty in South Kensington, less than a five-minute walk from Gloucester Road Tube station. Earls Court, Kensington Gardens and attractions such as the Natural History Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Royal Albert Hall are all within a 15-minute stroll of the door.
The lobby is a feast for the eyes; Vivienne Westwood tapestries, shimmering green chandeliers and faux-snakeskin chairs combine in a fun, modern way.
Rooms are decorated in what Condé Nast Traveler calls "muted biscuit shades," with photos of London landmarks and Union Jack-decorated pillows. Xenia is also tech-savvy: Wi-Fi is free, plug sockets are multinational and tablets by the bed are loaded with local information and room-service menus.
Some of the Classic Rooms are on the small side, but this is common in London's historic buildings. However, some do have balconies, and Executive Rooms have more space around the king-size bed. Extra marks for the espresso machines and treats at turndown time.
Evoluzione, the hotel's conservatory restaurant, marries traditional Italian cooking with nutritional science -- expect delights on the menu such as passatelli with parmesan fondue, and grilled lobster with thyme prawns. However, with three-course meals adding up to less than 800 calories, you're unlikely to leave the hotel any heavier. There's also a bright Champagne bar and the seductive Living Wall cocktail bar with a heated terrace in the herb garden.
- "Bright and bold … and full marks for the bathrobes -- the fluffiest I've ever encountered" -- The Daily Telegraph
- "Comforting risotto and pasta dishes feature in sensibly sized portions" -- Condé Nast Traveler
- "The Hotel Xenia in London offers bold design, comfy beds and a stylish bar, close to Earls Court and Kensington Gardens" -- The Daily Telegraph
- Infant cots / cribs
- Newspaper / magazines
- Games room
- No pets allowed
- 24-hour front desk
- 24-hour room service
- Airport transfer (fees apply)
- Concierge service
- Laundry / dry cleaning
- Room service (limited hours)
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea-making facilities
- Flatscreen TV
- Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
- Luxury toiletries
- Parking (fees apply)
- Accessible bathroom in some rooms
- Wheelchair accessible
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 Time is 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.
Children and additional guests: Rooms can only accommodate a maximum of two people, except for the Executive Room, which can accommodate a cot/crib for an infant under 1. They are charged at £10 per night and are on request. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.
Pets: No pets allowed.
Cancellation: 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.
When You Can Go
Until 23 Sep
Getting ThereIf arriving by Tube from Heathrow Airport, take the Piccadilly line to Gloucester Road -- a five-minute walk from the hotel. Overland trains from Stansted and Gatwick airports connect with the Tube.
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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.
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*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.