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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  • Frank A : Melbourne, Australia
excellent location

very good hotel with friendly and very helpful staff. rooms a little on the small side but adequate and very clean, good breakfast. opposite Kensington gardens , 3 minute walk to train station. several good hotels and restaurants within walking distance

  • Michelle M : Nottingham, United Kingdom
Winter wonderland visit

We arrived at 9.30am knowing we couldn't check in till 2pm, but we wasn't concerned as my brother had arrived the day before and was going to leave our luggage in his room, but the gentleman on the desk checked if a room was ready and there was which was a bonus, there was a bit of faffing around with the lift as you have to insert your room card to take the lift to your floor, there was already 2 people in the lift and it said the lift was over loaded but it could take more, so we had to get out and wait again, this happened a couple of times. The rooms were clean and tidy, not the biggest of rooms, I could see it being a bit of a squeeze if you had a couple of big cases, there was one small wardrobe with a safe in, we had tea/coffee facilities , a decent full size hairdryer which made a change to a travel one that you usually get, a small bathroom with a walk in shower, lovely big soft towels , a miniature shower gel, the bed was comfortable, only one pillow tho which wasn't great, we found the room was quite cold when we got in after shopping and going out at night, I actually used the hair dryer to warm the bed !! My husband found how to change to air con to warm after 'googling' how to do it, we hadn't booked breakfast before hand but did on check in which was £12 each, very nice food, we also ate in the evening which was a nice meal, the staff are really friendly and helpful, overall a good hotel, a little pricey especially if you book direct but then it is London and the Christmas period, within walking distance of Kensington Palace and Hyde park, we went to the Winter Wonderland which was our main reason of visiting. Would probably stay again especially if there was a bargain to be had.

  • Nan220979 :
Ideal location & Comfortable

It was a right choice. The hotel is close to the train station, Bus stop, eating area. The room is compact. If you have large bags then it will be more cramp. Enjoyed the had good selection. Friendly staff to assist you. The allowed us a late check out with minimum charges. Enjoyed our stay

  • john_stevenson130148 : Herefordshire, United Kingdom
very good position.

This hotel is overpriced for what you get. Although very well positioned the standard rooms are tiny by comparison to lesser priced hotels in the city. The breakfast is good there could have been more choice.Staff are friendly and helpful and will go the extra mile.

  • AlexandriaGrandDad : Alexandria VA
Very nice middle of the road hotel

Conveniently located off Bayswater across from Kensington Gardens close to several underground stops. The ground level of the hotel facing Bayswater is a Shell service station with a mini-Waitrose store. Reception staff was very nice and helpful. Were able to check in a little early and were given a nice room on the 8th floor overlooking the park. The rooms are nice but the furniture clearly has had some wear. Bath was clean and not too small. Shower/tub worked well and the sink had adequate space for toiletries. Breakfast is not included in price but can be purchased at check-in with a discount. Breakfast was very nice with a wide range of items, hold and cold.

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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
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Thistle Kensington Gardens
    London,United Kingdom

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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.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

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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