Hotel in Detail:The Ampersand Hotel is boutique style hotel housed in a traditional style hotel in a Victorian building.
All rooms en-suite and are designed around one of 5 different themes which reflect the surrounding area of South Kensington. Depending on your room choice, the references will be there, from the pattern and texture of the V&A's costume collection, to the Science Museum's planets and phials, from the Natural History Museum's ornithological drawings to the drama and ceremony of the Royal Albert Hall. These strands are woven throughout the hotel, so that flowers and ferns adorn upholstery, goose feathers accent staircases and drinks are displayed like the potions in a pharmacy.
All rooms have 24 hour room service, flat screen television with on demand films, free WiFi, media hub, minibar, laptop sized safe and air-conditioning. Beds feature an oversized velvet bedhead.
Double Rooms: Inspired by astronomy. The bathrooms have a walk-in shower or bath/shower combo.
Superior Rooms: Inspired by music, more spacious than double rooms and come with a double, king-size or twin beds. They also allow for a more generous workspace. Toiletries by London perfumer, Miller Harris.
Deluxe Rooms: Ornithological theme. Double or king-size beds. Some rooms come with a chaise longue at the end of the bed or armchair. Bathrooms have Miller Harris toiletries, some bathrooms have a walk-in shower.
Deluxe Studios have more space, a botanical theme, king-size bed and sitting area. Miller Harries toiletries supplied. Deluxe Studios have either a TV in the bathroom or a freestanding bath.
Suites: Located on the fourth and fifth floor with a geometry theme. Come with floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony. They also have a kitchenette with a microwave oven, separate sitting room, freestanding bath and walk-in shower or a bath/shower combination. All the bathrooms in the Kensington suites have built-in TVs.
Apero Restaurant: Intimate Mediterranean style restaurant. Softly lit, with cool white metro tiles and exposed brick walls. Includes an integrated bar with an understated feel serving signature cocktails or glass of wine. Leather banquettes in the snug are suitable for up to six people and can be curtained off by drapes.
Breakfast: 6:30 to 10.00 (weekends 7.00 till 11.00). Serves lunch and dinner.
The Drawing Rooms: Classic British tradition comes to the Ampersand with the hotels drawing room. Luxuriously styled the drawing room serves afternoon tea and mid-morning coffee freshly brewed in the hotels own Victorian coffee press. Furnished with deep sofas and studded armchairs, scarlet velvets, and kingfisher blues. Enjoy Lunch and early evening bites such as tartlet's, edible cocktails and tasting plates. Champagne is served from the vintage drinks cabinet.
Open from 7.00 till midnight (till 1am Friday and Saturday).
The Wine Room: Located next to the Apero Kensington restaurant the wine room features a central oak banqueting table. Showcases the hotel's red wine collection in an imposing floor-to-ceiling display.
Fitness Room: Found on the lower ground floor the fitness room is equipped with a cycle, treadmill, cross trainer and free weights. The gym is open 24 hours.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube Station: South Kensington 105 yards (96 metres), Railway Station: West Brompton 1 miles (1.6 km), Motorway: M4 Junction 1 4.4 miles (7.1 km). The Ampersand Hotel is Located in an excellent position just a short walk from fashionable shops and restaurants of South Kensington. This a busy and bustling area and at the start of what are the most central parts of London and most popular tourists destinations. Local transport links are excellent with bus routes on all the main surrounding roads, taxis always passing through this area and South Kensington tube station just 70 yards from the hotel. Also close by and within walking distance are the upmarket shopping high streets at Knightsbridge, Kensington and a little further down to Chelsea and the Kings Road. Nearby places of interest include The Natural History Museum (0.1 miles), Science Museum (0.1 miles), Victoria and Albert Museum (0.2 miles), Baden Powel House (0.3 miles), Brompton Oratory (0.3 miles), Royal Albert Hall (0.5 miles), Hyde Park (0.5 miles), Albert Memorial (0.5 miles), Harrods Department Store (0.6 miles), Serpentine gallery (0.7 miles), Carlyle's House (0.7 miles) and the National Army Museum (0.8 miles).
Bedroom Numbers: 111 / 5 floors
Check-in: 15.00 (3 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 am
Parking:Public parking is available in close proximity to the hotel and charges apply.
Internet:Complimentary wireless internet access throughout.
More hotels from this chainOf course you may well prefer to stay with the Small Luxury chain take a look at these hotels close by:
11 Cadogan Gardens: is 0.7 miles (1.1 km) away, has a guest satisfaction score of 89% and rates start from about £263.
Capital Hotel: is 0.7 miles (1.1 km) from here, earns a customer rating of 89% and base rates begin at about £254.
The Laslett: 1.4 miles (2.2 km), rated at 88% and with rates from around £172.
Flemings Hotel Mayfair And Apartments: 1.5 miles (2.5 km), rated at 89% and with rates from around £180.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 90% by past guests. The London average is 80% and the average for 5 star hotels is 89%. Therefore this hotel is above average for its sector (star rating) and for London as a whole. Small Luxury Hotels across the chain average 89% so this hotel is just above the average rating for Small Luxury hotels.
Milesfaster ranking: 55th from 866 London hotels, 2nd of 9 Small Luxury Hotels, and 34th of 131 five star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A comparable type of hotel close by (0.7 miles, 1.1 km) would be the 5 star The Arch Hotel, with base rates beginning from £240 and which has a 98% guest satisfaction rating. The Arch Hotel also offers: free WiFi.
Why not choose a hotel with a higher customer satisfaction score? If that is what your after then the 5 Star Marriott Grand Residences Mayfair is potentially a good choice for you, it's only 0.9 miles (1.4 km) from here. The Marriott Grand Residences Mayfair has a perfect unblemished customer rating 100%, a truly stunning achievement.
Local hotels analysed:The fifty closest hotels from here (10 Harrington Road, SW7 postcode) that we have data for cover a 0.7 miles (1.1 km) radius. The 50 are made up of 12 five star hotels (average rating 89%), 30 four star hotels (average rating 82%) and 8 three star hotels (average rating 76%). Coming out as the top rated hotel is Egerton House Hotel (5 star) at 99%.
Base Rates: Using base rates we analyse average starting rates for the area. Useful as a guide but note they do not include special offers or short term deals. The average rate for all the 50 nearest hotels is £148 per night. Starting from £49 at Eden Plaza Hotel (3 Star, 75%) and the Montana Hotel (3 Star, 81%) up to £378 at Baglioni Hotel (5 Star, 90%). Averages by star rating: Five Star average: £217, Four Star average: £141 and Three Star average: £69.
We use a proprietary algorithm to rank hotels based on user reviews but adjusting for contributing factors. We rank Ampersand Hotel 6th (joint) of 50 nearby hotels and 4th (joint) for the 12 five star hotels in the area. In terms of lowest starting rates this hotel is 40th of 50 (5th of 12 five star hotels.). Analysing both the base rates and overall rating for the hotel we rank it 9th of 48 for sheer value for money (Egerton House Hotel was top).
Parking: An Ncp Car Park Is Nearby (charge).
Comment: Extensive refurbishment 2011/2012 before its reopening and rebranding as a luxury boutique hotel in July 2012.