Hotel in Detail:The Thistle Kensington Gardens is a modern hotel with its main entrance actually on Porchester terrace. Unusually the hotel lobby is on the 1st floor and is accessed by lift from the ground level.
Bedrooms are non-standard in that they have different sizes from room. Some are decorated in a modern contemporary style while others are decorated and furnished in a more traditional style.
All the hotel bedrooms are en-suite (free toiletries) and air-conditioned and have complimentary wireless internet access. Other amenities include trouser press, safe, central heating, direct dial telephone, iron and ironing board, radio, work desk, hairdryer, desk space, tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen TV with freeview channels. Many rooms have views of Kensington Gardens.
Two rooms are adapted for accessibility.
There is a full room service provided. Lift to all floors.
Dining Options:Kensington Gardens Restaurant: Located on the lobby level (1st floor). Views of the Kensington Park and serves modern British and European cuisine. A contemporary setting with large windows and a relaxed ambience. Large wine list.
Open: noon till 22.00.
Lounge Bar: 30 seat capacity and located on the first floor. Serves light meals (modern British and European menu) along with a range of drinks. Informal setting.
Open 10.30 till 01.00.
Business facilities include three air-conditioned meeting rooms the largest of which can accommodate up 45 delegates in a theatre style.
The hotel is staffed 24/7 and offers luggage storage facilities and a concierge desk. WiFi available throughout the hotel.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube Station: Queensway 228 yards (208 metres), Railway Station: London Paddington 0.5 miles (0.8 km), Motorway: M4 Junction 1 4.3 miles (6.9 km). Within a 0.5 miles (0.8 km) circle of the hotel are 4 tube stations (underground system).
The Thistle Kensington Gardens Hotel is named after the park opposite the hotel which itself is adjacent to Hyde Park . Together these two large parks cover an area over 600 acres in size. Kensington Gardens is home to the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and Kensington Palace while Hyde Park has riding paths, boating and the Serpentine Gallery . The hotel is next to a petrol station on Bayswater Road. This is a main road and part of the busy A40 dual carriageway and connects to Marble Arch one mile to the East and Notting Hill and half a mile to the West. Less than 200 yards from the hotel is Queensway, a long road with shops, restaurants, bars, ice rink, cinema and covered shopping mall called Whitley's. This part of Bayswater has a large middle eastern population reflected in some of the shops and restaurants in the area. The local vicinity also has a large mix of both residential properties and B&B type accommodation. The main tourist areas are a couple of miles from the hotel, just a few miles by taxi. Kensington High Street and its famous upmarket shopping is 0.5 miles to the South on the other side of Kensington Gardens. There are four tube stations within half a mile. Portobello Road Antiques Market is 0.6 miles to the West.
Bedroom Numbers: 175 (129 are executive standard)
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 noon
This hotel has averaged a score of 4 out of 5 by 3607 past guests
>>>Booking.com (average customer rating 3.9 out of 5 from 890 reviews)
>>>Tripadvisor (ranked 379 of 1140 for Hotels in London and rated 4 out of 5 from 2717 reviews)
Parking:Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs £24 per day.
Internet:WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Pets:Pets are not allowed.
More hotels from this chainIf your first option for an alternative is again the Thistle chain take a look at these closest alternatives:
Thistle Hyde Park Hotel: is 249 yards (227 metres) away, has a guest satisfaction score of 78% and rates start from about £145.
Thistle Piccadilly: is 2.3 miles (3.6 km) from here, earns a customer rating of 88% and base rates begin at about £146.
Royal Trafalgar Hotel (Thistle): 2.3 miles (3.7 km), rated at 87% and with rates from around £137.
Thistle Holborn: 2.6 miles (4.2 km), rated at 88% and with rates from around £133.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 80% by past guests. The London average is 79% and the average for 4 star hotels is 80%. Therefore this hotel is equal to the average for its sector (star rating) . Thistle Hotels across the chain average 80% so this hotel is rated as average when compared to other Thistle hotels.
Milesfaster ranking: 454th from 865 London hotels, 4th of 8 Thistle Hotels, and 206th of 333 four star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: Also close by and a similar hotel (0.2 miles, 0.3 km) would be the 4 star Hilton Hyde park, whose lowest rates start at about £128 and which has an 81% guest satisfaction rating. The Hilton Hyde park also offers: free WiFi.For somewhere with lower starting rates try the Caesar Hotel. 0.2 miles from here (0.4 km), gaining a satisfaction rating of 82% from its past guests and the hotels starting rates begin at about £101 (theres free WiFi too).
Would you prefer to go with something that has scored higher in guest satisfaction ratings? If that is what your after then the 4 Star Roseate House London seems like a possible option. The Roseate House London is only 0.4 miles (0.7 km) away. A highly rated hotel with a guest score of 90%.
Local hotels analysed:The 50 nearest hotels around this area (104 Bayswater Rd, W2 postcode) which we have have on our website extend out to a 0.5 miles (0.8 km) radius. They are made up of 2 five star hotels (average rating 90%), 22 four star hotels (average rating 79%), 19 three star hotels (average rating 70%) and 7 two star hotels (average rating 68%). Top 4 star hotel is Roseate House London at 90%. Top rated of the local hotels is Royal Lancaster London (5 star) at 94%.
Base Rates: We use base rates as a guide to the hotels starting rates. They do not include special offers and deals though so are just a rough guide. The average base rate for all the areas hotels is £101 per night. From a low of £11 at Smart Hyde Park View Hostel (2 Star, 70%) and the highest rates top out at £720 at Commodore Hotel (4 Star, 60%). The following are the averages for each star level: Five Star average: £204, Four Star average: £137, Three Star average: £70 and Two Star average: £45.
Using our in-house algorithm we rank hotels based on guest ratings and weighted for related factors we rank Thistle Kensington Gardens Hotel 15th (joint) of 50 area hotels and 10th (joint) for the 22 four star hotels in the area. We rank the hotel 36th of 50 (10th of 22 four star hotels.) for base rates. We rank this hotel based on rates and also review scores to place it 28th of 44 of all the closest hotels in terms of value for money (Smart Hyde Park View Hostel was top).