The Kensington Hotel
As the name suggests, The Kensington Hotel – part of the renowned Doyle Collection – is a proud denizen of the London district of South Kensington. Meaning? Some of the best museums in Britain are just down the road, including the V&A and the Natural History Museum, not to mention a clutch of great restaurants and shops. It’s also means you’re in for a luxurious couple of days.
After all, the rooms at The Kensington Hotel are serene and decorated with a view to classic elegance. A roll top Victorian bath tub here, some delicately gold-embossed wallpaper there. There are padded headboards and cozy chenille throws. Four-poster beds, fireplaces, and flat screens – oh my! From the rooms to the suites, there’s a heritage feel to the decor – a little gilt on mirror frames, hand-picked antique furniture, and such – which is balanced by modern comforts. Bathrooms are marble and come with heated floors and amenities by Aromatherapy Associates. And suites throw in expected features, like chic sitting areas, and a few unique amenities, like your own Cocktail Butler (one complimentary pre-dinner drink) and Guest Liaison.
You can also have afternoon tea in your suite, that’s if you don’t want to rejoin the city’s well-heeled in the recently refurbished Town House restaurant. It’s worth venturing beyond your sumptuous surrounds and downstairs for a spot of tea here, indeed many come from across the city. The restaurant itself also serves seasonal British fare from breakfast through to dinner, and offers a hand-picked wine list that begs to be perused. The space, meanwhile, with interiors from Alexander Waterworth, typifies modern British heritage, with its compelling mix of light-flooded rooms, gleaming rosewood and walnut, and rich leather. The occasional pop of mustard yellow, or hint of rosebud pink, just adds to its appeal.