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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  • debbi12328 : Southampton, United Kingdom

The first room was filthy, head of house keeping came to us and thought it was funny! We got moved and second room was equally as filthy. Toothpaste on bathroom mirror carpet so bad we didn't dare take our shoes off, the bed cushions looked like they had sticky sweets on them and to top it off pubic hairs and crumbs on the bed. The mattress was so old the springs were collapsed causing us painful backs the next morning. The manager did his best and changed our mattress. We were grateful for this. However we would not stay here ever again. The staff here are very helpful and try their hardest but it's clear they are using the location as the experience.

  • dianahoohar : Kent, United Kingdom
Good location and large room

Booked a junior suite which was spacious and had great views overlooking Kensington Gardens and beyond. I couldn't rate it higher than 3 because of the shabby old fashioned stained and scratched furniture in the room and the badly stained chairs in the breakfast room. Not what you'd expect from what classes as a luxury 4 star hotel.Well located - yes. Luxury - definitely not.

  • honeysusie :
Nice hotel

Near to Hyde Park and walking distance from venue there. Near to tube stations. Staff very nice and friendly. Chose this hotel for the parking as we had to go by car. A bit pricey for parking but it is London after all. Room small but very clean. No fridge and air conditioning was not working although someone had left a fan in the room but it was very stuffy. Glad we were only staying one night. As my husband is disabled I had spoken to the hotel prior to arriving and was told we could have an accessible room or a room with a walk in shower. We got a bath but managed as it was only one night. Breakfast was really nice and the restaurant was very relaxing. Would use again if we needed a hotel with parking.

  • kathy C : Rancho Mirage, California
A Top quality place to stay

Excellent spot to stay in London. Hyde park just across the road and Oxford street just a fifteen minute walk if you saunter.I had the most wonderful stay from check in to enjoying a glass of wine and a very tasty supper. The staff were outstanding throughout. Excellent!

  • liquidseal : Melbourne, Australia
Excellent location for the London visitor

Its been a long time between drinks - I stayed at this hotel the day that a certain US Bank collapsed starting the GFC - so nearly ten years.The Thistle remains a great base in terms of location for anyone arriving by train at Paddington Station from Heathrow and looking for a central location from which to explore London's tourist sights. An Underground Station is just a block away down Bayswater Road.With Hyde Park at the front door, Kensington and Buckingham Pallaces etc just a short stroll away its a great place to start.The Thistle is still in remarkably good condition. I think we recieved decent value for money for what it is. The rooms are not overly large but adequate. Dinning facilities are clean and tidy and the service was good.We stayed on what I believe was a non-smoking floor and yet there remains a reasonable odour of stale smoke but maybe this is just a unique UK air-freshner - I don't know. If so, I'd go for the meadow blossom or Alpine Pasture mix next time guys.Recommended. I will definitely stay again.

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  • Round trip flight in Economy class 
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  • Daily buffet breakfast 
  • Round trip transfer between the airport and the hotel included with select packages
  • 175 tastefully decorated rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge and bar
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Hotel rooms include:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathroom with hairdryer
  • TV
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  • 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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