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Thistle Kensington Gardens

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Located next to Kensington Palace Gardens, the Serpentine and Hyde Park, this elegant hotel is also within walking distance of bustling Bayswater filled with bars, restaurants and shops. A splendid location in beautiful surroundings!
Location: Kensington Palace, Hyde Park
Subway: Queensway

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  • Tomas M :
Standardly good hotel

Good and clear hotel. Really close to Hyde Park. I had a view to park. Staff was kind, whitou problems. In bar and reception too. Near is Queensway underground station. Maybe 3 minutes walk. For me was bad only pillow :)

  • LittleBlighter : Telford, United Kingdom
Very good, comfortable hotel

My mother and I visited London overnight, and as we were visiting Kensington Palace, decided to book the Kensington Gardens, having stayed at Thistle Euston previously. It is a five minute walk from Queensway tube station, and we were able to hold our luggage there until we checked in later in the day. The lifts are operated by your room card, which is good for security. We had a twin room overlooking the park. It was clean, spacious enough for us, comfortable beds, clean bathroom with lovely shower, and air con, which was a relief in this hot weather. A kettle with tea/coffee, and some bottled water, although we were also offered free bottles of water in the reception. A hairdryer, iron and ironing board were also provided and a large Phillips tv to watch from bed! We decided to eat in the Brasserie in the evening, after a long day of walking. We had the 3 course set menu for £20.00 which included a glass of wine, and coffee. We enjoyed it all, and the portions were quite large, as I couldn't finish my main, but my mom cleared her plates! We slept well, just a slight noise from the road below, and it was lovely to be able to see the planes coming into land in the distance. We went down for breakfast at 8am, and there was a very good choice, from full English to cereals, pastries, cheeses, fruit, coffee, tea, juice. We checked out early, and left our luggage there again. Upon collection, we were told we owed £18.00. This was unusual, as we had paid online months ago in full for our room (Saver Rate) which included free breakfast, as my mom is a member, but the lady on reception was adamant she was correct, so we paid, as we had a train to catch. Other than that query, we had a great time in London, and enjoyed our stay there.

  • Nadine T :
Great staff

Great location, superior staff. Hotel is across the road from Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens, and is on a main bus line. It's about 1/4-12 mile to two Tube stations. Rooms are nice and clean, although the budget rooms are microscopic. We were transferred and upgraded because our air conditioner didn't work, and the new room was much nicer. The view was also much nicer. The first room had a view of industrial London, the second had a view of Hyde Park. No competition.The saving grace from making it an average hotel, though, was the staff. Everyone of them worked hard to get our various problems solved, especially Gerard from the Philippines, and Sam from the UK. Thank you to them.

  • scampi745 : Petersburg, Virginia
Good location. Pleasant stay

Very convenient to Queensway or Bayswater tube stations. Across the road from Kensington Gardens. Room clean and pleasant. Liked rain showerhead. Liked needing key to take elevator from off street entrance to room floor. Many food options walking distance.

  • Out-and-about-Wales : Wales
Nice hotel in a convienient location. Just one thing bothers me!

This is a nice hotel, clean well decorated with comfortable rooms. The room had Air Conditioning. The shower over the bath was difficult and you had to be careful not to slip, you can get a Bath/Shower Mat but you have to ask for one they are not supplied as standard! The bathroom was clean and comfortable. A room safe was provided and upon check in I was offered a complimentary bottle of water. The breakfast had a good choice although was running out of things when I got there (8am). Overall a nice hotel ...... ButThe one thing that really bothers me about this place is that it is right above a petrol station, I just felt uncomfortable with this.

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Package Features:
  • Round trip flight in Economy class 
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast 
  • Round trip transfer between the airport and the hotel included with select packages
  • 175 tastefully decorated rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge and bar
  • Parking (fee)
  • Internet (fee)
Hotel rooms include:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathroom with hairdryer
  • TV
  • WiFi (fee)
  • Mini-bar 
  • In-room safe
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Thistle Kensington Gardens
104 Bayswater Road, London W2 3HL England

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

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