If quaint boutique properties don’t do it for you then the vast 600-plus-room Millennium Gloucester Hotel might be the answer for your Kensington stay. The prime location close to attractions like the Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park and the Museums of South Kensington makes this affordable mid-range hotel a great pick for business or leisure.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While fabulous details like golden pillars and grand chandeliers in the public areas feel ostentatious, the subterranean nature of the hotel leaves some public spaces looking a little dim.
Spacious rooms lack exciting design, but the plain décor is brightened up by floor-to-ceiling windows in some categories. Luxury suites are brighter, larger and offer more attention to detail in terms of design.
When it comes to booking, bear in mind that some rooms on higher levels have great rooftop views from those floor-to-ceiling windows.
Bathrooms may be compact, but the marble clad vanities add a touch of luxury to the otherwise basic setup.
A grand lobby comes complete with golden pillars, lounge furniture and a mounted stag glowering over things.
The hotel features a well-equipped gym with a range of cardiovascular machines and free weights.
Choose between Asian fusion, Indian, Malaysian and brasserie classics in the hotel’s four restaurant options. Offering a huge variety of choice—in terms of décor and atmosphere as well as cuisines—the food offerings are a highlight here.
A quiet, well-heeled neighborhood punctuated with embassies and landmarks like the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and the Museums, there’s plenty within walking distance of the hotel should you want to explore the surroundings. For trips further afield, Gloucester Road Station is just a 3-minute walk, with Central London and Notting Hill both a short tube ride.
If the hotel’s array of restaurants lack the quintessential charm of a historic London townhouse, then you can solve that problem at Scoff and Banter (5-minute walk). Housed in a beautiful terrace mansion, the restaurant combines a classic interior with a contemporary British menu. Alternatively, Steak & Co. (2-minute walk) does exactly what you’d expect from a restaurant with steak in the title.
For something a little chicer than the hotel’s piano bar, head to the Mediterranean-inspired Apero Bar (7-minute walk) at the Ampersand Hotel for cocktails. Or keep it classic with a visit to the Hereford Arms (2-minute walk, a traditional pub from Chiswick’s Fullers Brewery.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The fact that Gloucester Road is somewhat stuck between neighborhoods means that the hotel’s location flies somewhat under the radar. Still, it has a whole host of museums within walking distance to satisfy guests looking for culture. We love the variety of restaurants and bars that mean you can choose to stay in should exploring the surroundings for dining options be beyond you after a long day in the city.