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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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  • Paul B :
Good location average Hotel

Where do I begin, firstly positive - friendly and helpful staff, good location near Queensway tube station and walkable from Paddington provided travelling light. The room I was given had fantastic views of Kensington Gardens, but the room was tired, switches were broken and walls were thin. If Thistle just spend a bit of money on the hotel it would get better marks.

  • NaniSG : Singapore, Singapore
Good accessible location

Location was opposite Hyde Park, very accessible to nearby eateries in the Bayswater area and Queensway station 5-minute on foot. Rooms were comfortable and breakfast bar adequate. Only minor complaint was that it took very long to check-in when we arrived at 11am, as they had only 2 staff managing the front desk. Front desk staff could also afford to be more attentive and friendly, in my opinion.

  • Peter H :
A very good experience

My wife and I travel from Vancouver annually to spend time in London. After some very bad experiences in hotels in the Bayswater area we decided to try the Thistle. We were very pleasantly surprised by this hotel.The location is perfect for our needs close to tube stations and across the road from Hyde Park.The staff were so very helpful, friendly and accommodating in every way. The restaurant is extremely nice with and excellent breakfast both full English and continental.Our room was on the 8th floor so very limited traffic noise and was a reasonable size.Housekeeping was good.A handy hint is if you need to travel to Heathrow airport at the end of you stay ask the front desk to arrange a private car to take you there door to door. The cost is 25 to 28 pounds depending on the terminal. Plus tip. This is much better than say taking a taxi to Paddington for the fast train at 15 pounds per person plus taxi fare and the added inconvenience hauling your luggage. If arriving by foot say from the Queensway tube station be aware the entrance is on the side street just around from the filling station. It's a bit confusing as one expects the entrance to be "out front" on Bayswater Road.We will certainly stay at this hotel on future visits.

  • Brisbane0102 : Brisbane, Australia
Thistle Kensington Gardens is a very good choice in London for its location, service provided by its staff and restauran

We moved to the Thistle Kensington Gardens after being extremely disappointed in the first hotel we had booked in London. Esme was on the front desk when we first inquired and she ensured we got the room we wanted with a shower only and comfortable beds. Her ability to understand our needs and ensure they were met was excellent. All other staff we dealt with were also helpful and the hotel provided a calm inviting atmosphere. While the furnishings in the room were somewhat dated, the cleanliness was exceptional, the beds were very comfortable and the bathroom very practical. Despite its central location close to public transport (bus virtually at door and 2 underground stations within a 10 minute walk) the hotel was very quiet. The restaurant provided very good food at reasonable prices. We would definitely stay at the Thistle Kensington Gardens again.

  • Alex W : Newcastle
Good stay for everything in London

Comfortable stay close to public transport! I would recommend this hotel for anyone travelling with friends or family.They allow you to store bags easily before and after check in, and they have sorted us a cab for the airport. 10/10!

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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.

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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