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Holiday Inn Kensington Forum
South Kensington, London
7 reviews of Holiday Inn Kensington Forum in English
This is a very convenient hotel located on the Piccadilly Line. You can be in Picadilly Circus within 20 minutes as the underground is just around the corner. Admittedly it's not the prettiest hotel but if you can a room around 19th floor then you do have great views around London.
The standard room is functional, neutrally decorated so should not offend. A nice touch is choice of pillows. There is tea and coffee on the rooms and a little chiller fridge. The tv is a little small 14 inch but as I wasn't here to watch tv it didn't bother me.
The staff were pleasant and polite. The lobby was lively with a seating area offering drinks and snacks. all in all a good solid hotel.
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This review is not really about the rooms or staying at Holiday Inn Kensington, but about the tasty Caribbean nights that's held at the beginning and end of each month.
We booked a table (you must book in advance) for eight, and enjoyed a night filled with a wide variety of tasty Caribbean dishes such as fried fish, curry chicken, honey roasted pork, jerk chicken, rice and peas plus many more delicious dishes.
They also had a desert table with over 9 different cakes, ice creams etc and a salad and fish bar, and best of all you can eat as much as you like.
The also have a wide range of cocktails (alcoholic/non alcoholic) and rum punches.
After all the eating and drinking we were directed to a large conference room where we were treated to a live steel band show, limbo dancing and a DJ playing smooth old skool classics including Candy which had everybody on the dancefloor doing the steps!
The atmosphere is really nice and does remind you of being on a Caribbean holiday, you also get the chance to get professional photos taken. Overall it's a great evening, with good food and a nice friendly atmosphere.
a tired old dump of a property. first an intercontinental(!) now holiday inn. barnlike, surly service, filled with that AWFUL plasticy "pine" fragrance... small rooms, painfully slow service, clueless front desk staff. outright dud.
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A huge hotel within easy walking distance of Gloucester road tube station. Inside the hotel is a small gift shop selling mostly rubbish but it’s ok for last minute souvenirs I suppose, might be useful for a business traveller to buy something for the wife!
The staff weren’t particularly friendly and tried to get us to upgrade for a double room which would have cost £35 a night and would then include the continental breakfast which is £12.50 on it’s own, we didn’t bother and pushed the beds together which were on wheels so it wasn’t a chore and I’m sure this is what they would have done anyway.
The room wasn’t very spacious with the desk being too near the beds in my opinion.
Other than that and the place looking like a run-down tower block on arrival, it was a pretty decent hotel.
A little bit posh for travel lodge at the regular price. Used this place to commute to city centre. Great facilites and the food was very good. The breakfast was a buffet style with no option for room service, although this is avaiable at night.
Staff helpful and informative, giving good tips to us tourists.
This place is the tallest building in this area. Whenever I am lost I just look up towards the Holiday Inn sign and walk towards it. The hotel is expensive but it fits in with the cost of living in the surrounding area. The hotel has conference rooms for events sometimes. The hotel is located pretty much behind glocester road station, you can’t miss it.
A huge tower block hotel with 900+ rooms located near Gloucester Road tube station. The hotel is typically Holiday Inn, just on a large scale. Despite this the service is usually pretty good.
Rooms are typical of the group, reasonably well equipped and comfortable. Internet connection is available via iBahn for the usual £15 per night, but in my view (although typical) this is rather steep.
Despite the size of the hotel check-in, check-out and breakfast are usually well organised: there may be a queue but it usually moves quickly. Breakfast is buffet-style with a good selection of hot and cold items, so once you get seated you dont have to wait for anything but tea or coffee.
There is a rather plastic ‘British Pub’ at the back of the building, it gets busy at times, for example when there is a football match on. It’s OK, and there are a few seats where you can get power for a laptop, but please don’t confuse it with a real pub! If you fancy eating elsewhere there are a couple of good restaurants in the area; if you like steak try Black & Blue on Gloucester Road.
There is a small (76) space car park which costs £27/night, but the hotel is now inside the Congestion Charging Zone so remember to pay that too!
It is around 300 yards from the Gloucester Road tube station (on the Circle, Picadilly and District Lines) when you keave the station go right (away from the lights) and right again: the entrance is on Courtfield Road.
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