Hotel in Detail:The Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is a large, modern 4 star hotel in a prime location and is the largest Holiday Inn branded hotel in the world.. The hotel has 906 rooms on 27 floors, 73 of which are executive, and many with incredible views over London. The hotel can claim to have one of the largest lobby's of any hotel in London as well as being the largest Holiday Inn in the world. The hotel lifts are guest-key operated giving an added level of internal security. The top (27th) floor has an alcove giving some fantastic views over London.
Each of the bedrooms have a private bathroom, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Remote control cable TV with pay movies, Direct dial telephone with Voicemail, Dataport, Mini fridge, Tea and coffee making facilities, opening double glazed windows, iron and ironing board, Separate Hanging Closet, Trouser Press, Work Desk with Lamp, WorldLink - Power and Phone/Internet Connector and hairdryer. Bedrooms have a pillow menu. Each room has high speed internet access. You can also link to the High speed internet access via the business centre or the WIFI in the lobby area (charges apply).
Room configurations include doubles, twins, executive rooms and king sized beds. There are 8 accessible bedrooms, one of which has a Ceiling Track Hoist. Room service is provided 24 hours daily which includes a children's menu.
Dining: There are three restaurant / bars.
The Consortia, contemporary and modern in style with a fresh feel and look is located in the Lobby area on the ground floor with views of the hotel garden.In the upper area of the restaurant an international menu and modern European cuisine is served, just the place for a three-course dinner. Breakfast weekdays 07.00 till 10.30. Weekends Closed for Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner 11.00 till 22:30.
Consortia Bar is open 07.00 till 22.30 (Weekends 08.00 till 22.30).
In the lounge and the lower section of the restaurant, a smaller menu is served, including sandwiches and English tea. Breakfast weekdays 7 till 10:30. Weekends 08.00 till 22:30.
The Cromwell Tavern Bar and Restaurant on the ground floor is a popular meeting place and serves a wide range of real ales, draught beers, wines and cocktails in a Victorian pub atmosphere. with Live sports events on screen and a decor of wood panelling. The restaurant is open for dinner only between 18.00 and 21.00.
Bar is open 16.00 till 23.00 (noon till 22.30 Sunday) for non-residents or 02.00 for residents.
The Forum Room with its 250 seat capacity is located on the first floor and serves breakfast. A choice of Continental or full English is offered. Open weekdays 06.00 till 10.30, weekends and Bank Holidays 06.00 till 11.00.
Onsite the Holiday Inn Kensington hotel has has its own high tech 24hr gym which is free to guests. Here facilities include self driven cycle machines, Stairclimbers, treadmills, rower and resistance machines.
The hotel offers ten purpose-built conference and banqueting rooms, with 60 to 300 square metres of air-conditioned, flexible meeting space. All rooms feature air-conditioning, high speed internet access and natural daylight with the largest room accommodating up to 300 guests reception style. Supplied facilities include Flip Chart and Markers, LCD Projector, Lectern, Modem, lines, Overhead Projector and VCR. There is an unlimited supply of starbucks coffee.
WIFI internet connectivity is available in the hotel lobby area and there is also a dedicated business centre with computers and internet access as well as fax and printing services.
Holiday Inn Kensington Forum Hotel services include a Cash Machine onsite, a Concierge available, Dry Cleaning Pickup and Laundry, Florist, Currency Exchange, Gift Shop, vending machines and shoe shine. The front reception desk provides safety deposit box facilities.
All public areas of the hotel are fully air-conditioned and have WiFi access.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube Station: Gloucester Road 0.1 1 miles (0.2 km), Railway Station: West Brompton 0.7 miles (1.1 km), Motorway: M4 Junction 1 4 miles (6.4 km). Both the leisure traveller and business traveller will find the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum well located. The hotel is actually on the busy A4 dual carriageway which is the main commuter route into and out of London, and connects directly with the M4 motorway and Heathrow Airport. Situated in an area that makes the start of central London. To the West is Earls Court development complex (0.6 miles) and an area popular with budget and tourist class hotels. West London's other major exhibition centre at Olympia is just 1 mile from here to the North West. To the East are upmarket areas such as Kensington, Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Belgravia. Half a mile to the North is the wide open park areas of Kensington gardens and Hyde Park. You could easily spend a whole day in these parks which are full of things to do and see, such as the Princess Diana memorial fountain and boating on the Lake Serpentine on good weather days. Excellent upmarket shopping is to be found along Kensington High Street (0.5 miles) and the Kings Road Chelsea (0.8 miles) with the world famous Harrods department store 1 mile in Knightsbridge. Other nearby attractions include the Natural History Museum (0.4 miles), Science Museum (0.5 miles), Royal Albert Hall (0.6 miles), Linley Sambourne House (0.6 miles), Kensington Palace (0.6 miles), Albert memorial (0.7 miles) and Leighton house museum (0.9 miles). Buckingham Palace, official residence of the British monarchy, is less than 2 miles from this location.
Bedroom Numbers: 906 / 27 floors
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 noon
Please note: There were 2 hotels containing the name Holiday Inn Kensington. If you are looking for a different hotel you thought was called the Holiday Inn Kensington then the hotel you want is the: Holiday Inn Kensington (on Wrights Lane). Interestingly until 2009 there was another Hotel called the Holiday Inn Kensington, That is the current Crowne Plaza Kensington.
Originally called the London Penta Hotel and first opened in 1973.
£100 million pound refurbishment 2016/2017.
Bought by Queensgate Investments for around £400 million pounds in October 2015.
In January 2010 the Holiday Inn Kensington piloted a human bed warming service. Reported by the media at the time as being one of the strangest jobs in the hotel industry.
In January 2007 the hotel was among the first businesses in London to take ownership of office recycling boxes (designed to be used inside rather than outside) to help lead the way in recycling and waste management.
Parking:Public parking is available on site and costs £36 per day.
Internet:WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
More hotels from this chainIf your only looking for the Holiday Inn chain take a look at your closest options:
Holiday Inn Kensington: is 0.5 miles (0.7 km) away, has a guest satisfaction score of 76% and rates start from about £96.
Holiday Inn Mayfair Hotel: is 2.0 miles (3.3 km) from here, earns a customer rating of 80% and base rates begin at about £172.
Holiday Inn Oxford Circus Hotel: 2.2 miles (3.5 km), rated at 73% and with rates from around £112.
Holiday Inn Regents Park Hotel: 2.7 miles (4.3 km), rated at 81% and with rates from around £116.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 74% by past guests. The London average is 80% and the average for 4 star hotels is 83%. Therefore this hotel is below average for its sector (star rating) . Holiday Inn Hotels across the chain average 79% so this hotel is slightly below the guest rating for most Holiday Inn hotels.
Milesfaster ranking: 631st from 861 London hotels, 21st of 26 Holiday Inn Hotels, and 278th of 325 four star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: Also close by and a similar hotel (0.1 miles, 0.1 km) would be the 4 star Crowne Plaza Kensington , whose lowest rates start at about £135 and which has a 90% guest satisfaction rating. The Crowne Plaza Kensington also offers: free WiFi.Looking for lower base rates? Then another option might be the Millennium Gloucester Hotel. 0.1 miles away (0.1 km), has scored 78% from former guests and whose lowest rates start at about £96.
Would you prefer to go with something that has scored higher in guest satisfaction ratings? If that is what your after then the 5 Star Milestone Hotel & Apartments seems like a possible option. The Milestone Hotel & Apartments is only 0.5 miles (0.8 km) away. The Milestone Hotel & Apartments has a perfect unblemished customer rating 100%, a truly stunning achievement.
Local hotels analysed:The closest fifty hotels around this area (97 Cromwell Road, SW7 postcode) that are listed on this website cover a 0.4 miles (0.7 km) radius. The star rating breakdown shows 5 five star hotels (average rating 86%), 28 four star hotels (average rating 81%), 16 three star hotels (average rating 72%) and 1 two star hotel (rated 76%). Top rated of the local hotels are Hotel Indigo London Kensington (4 star) and also the Number Sixteen Hotel (4 star) (both joint top with 91%).
Base Rates: Here we breakdown the starting rates (base rates) by overall average and by star rating. However base rates do not take account of special offers and one off deals so are just a guide. Looking at all the base rates of the 50 local hotels the average rate is £112 per night. Rates range from £44 at Kensington Rooms Hotel (3 Star, 50%) and the highest rates top out at £245 at Blakes Hotel (5 Star, 80%). The following are the rate averages per star level: Five Star average: £222, Four Star average: £117, Three Star average: £70 and Two Star average: £75.
We use a proprietary algorithm to rank hotels based on user reviews but adjusting for contributing factors. We rank Holiday Inn Kensington Forum 38th (joint) of the 50 local hotels and 25th for the 28 four star hotels in the area. Our ranking for sheer lowest base rates is 26th of 50 (9th (joint) of 28 four star hotels.). To give an overall ranking compared to hotels nearby we combine the rating and base rate scores which gives this hotel a ranking of 37th of 49 for sheer bang for buck (The Nadler Kensington was top).