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Best Hotels in Kensington

Within a short stroll of many major London landmarks, Kensington is an extremely civilised and agreeable base from which to explore London. And the best hotels in Kensington offer a stylish and luxurious collection of beds and bars to start your explorations from.

Visitors could easily spend a day in each of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum - the latter a great favourite with junior dinosaur hunters. And you’re right by Kensington Palace, the Serpentine Gallery, the Royal Albert Hall and the shop-tastic streets of Knightsbridge, the Kings Road or boutique-y Notting Hill.

After you’ve ticked off some major sightseeing boxes, Kensington also offers a fabulous choice of eating opportunities, from posh picnics in Hyde Park to five star dining in celebrity-fave-restaurants.

There’s plenty of choice when it comes to places to stay in Kensington, but our Guru’s list of the best hotels in Kensington is focused on those with something a bit special: whether it be Blakes, the original London boutique hotel, or the characterful Gore, filled with some 5000 artworks by its loving Irish owners.

Townhouse Hotels

  • The Kensington Hotel in Queen's Gate is a roomy four star with a mixture of traditional and modern decor. As with many established hotels the rooms tend more towards the traditional and the public areas are more modern in design. And there's a restaurant and a popular bar.
  • Number Sixteen might be a surprise to the list of the best hotels in Kensington, it’s a bit of a hideaway hotel, with decor that’s a wonderful mix of chic and homely. Crisp, feminine rooms and a charming courtyard garden and library make it feel insulated from the bustle and traffic noise of the outside world.

Boutique Hotels

  • No list of the best hotels in Kensington could possibly be complete without the grand daddy of boutique hotels, the first and original, Blakes. Anoushka Hempel's 1979 creation has more than stood the test of time and is a deliciously sybaritic and sexy place to stay. Guests keep returning and the restaurant is deservedly popular with the locals.

For Luxury

  • The Pelham Hotel is a country house without the country - it is immaculate but also very homely, some part traditional, some part modern. And, as with many of the best hotels in Kensington, the bedrooms at are not only extremely comfortable, they also look fabulous. The bistro is popular with Kensington locals.
  • The big, comfortably masculine Baglioni overlooking Hyde Park is mostly made up of suites and there is a highly attentive butler service, so it’s definitely one of the best hotels in Kensington for lovers of luxury. Choose a view over Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens.

For Shoppers

  • myhotel Chelsea is the ideal pad in Kensington for shoppers. You’re close to the Fulham and Kings Roads. And it’s also a good choice if you’re looking for great value, which means more left over for your shopping expeditions. Designed in consultation with a Feng Shui expert, this cool 45 room hotel has a light, welcoming restaurant and an unusual flowery decorated bar which feels spring like at any time of year.

Best Hotels in Kensington on a Budget

  • Kensington isn’t known for being a budget destination, and the majority of the best hotels in Kensington are fairly pricey. But it is possible to stay in the area for less at The Nadler Kensington. This row of converted townhouses offers neat rooms with kitchenettes close to everything - and transport links. There are 67 rooms which start from £109 per night, so definitely one to book if you’re looking for good value.
  • The Gore Hotel on Queen's Gate is another good choice if you’re looking for one of the best hotels in Kensington but you’re on a limited budget. It’s on the quirky side of grand, with plush, traditional bedrooms, an inviting restaurant, oak-panelled bar and walls are covered in over 5,000 paintings and prints.
  • The Baby Abode Sydney House Hotel is also worth having a look at. In the heart of Chelsea this is a simple but stylish hotel - think blonde wood floors and recessed lighting.

For other great value options throughout London, check out our recommendations for Cheap and Chic London Hotels.

If our pick of the best hotels in Kensington doesn’t have what you're looking for, check out our neighbouring list of the the best hotels in Knightsbridge. Or consult our full London hotels guide:

  • The Pelham Hotel 52 rooms from £230

    London (South West)

    Central South Kensington townhouse hotel, cosy and discreet, well located for museums and shopping.

    Sights nearby  -  Steps from the South Kensington museums
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel
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  • The Gore Hotel, Starhotels Collezione 50 rooms from £190

    West London

    A quintessentially British townhouse that prides itself on spectacular service with laid back vibes. Classic-styled rooms house period pictures, antiques & comfortable beds. Restaurant 190 Queen's Gate offers contemporary classic dishes and Bar 190 superb G&Ts! Spot on location for city exploring

    Sights nearby  -  Great location for the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park.
    Full of character
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Number Sixteen 41 rooms from £276

    London (South West)

    Quiet, homey but super-chic townhouse hotel in a great residential location in South Kensington - no restaurant but a charming courtyard garden.

    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers
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  • The Kensington Hotel 151 rooms from £232

    London (South West)

    Delightfully chic and cheerful luxury boutique hotel in ideal townhouse location for culture-seekers and shoppers

    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
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  • Sydney House Hotel 21 rooms from £179

    London (South West)

    A pretty and chic little grade II listed townhouse in the popular residential borough of South Kensington. Compact, modern rooms at attractively affordable prices and prime positioning for Chelsea shopping. Breakfast only restaurant, however there are plenty to try nearby.

    Local exploring  -  Outstanding location, within walking distance of several tube stops, plus a multitiude of major sights and museums.
    Romantic Break  -  Choose the romantic 'Top Room' with private rooftop garden, chic interiors and sweeping views of the city.
    Great walks  -  Spend a lazy afternoon in nearby Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens, ideal locations for walking and picnics.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accomadated at this hotel.
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  • myhotel Chelsea 54 rooms from £184

    London (South West)

    Feng Shui friendly concept adopted for this fresh, tranquil hotel located between the Boroughs of Chelsea and Fulham. Large, minimalist rooms are complete with chic detailing, pastel colours and white tiled bathrooms. The Living Room and Tanya's are both popular eateries before heading out into town

    Sights nearby  -  Saatchi Gallery just off Sloane Sqaure is a fantastic art gallery and worth a visit.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy the Royal parks such as Hyde Park and Battersea Park.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
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  • Blakes 45 rooms from £340

    London (South West)

    The grandaddy of boutique hotels, theatrical creation of actress Anouska Hempel, decadent and moody institution on the edge of Chelsea. Individually themed rooms crammed full of oriental and Indian antiques, plus an excellent restaurant.

    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Landmark  -  Comes with a reputation.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
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  • Regina Hotel Baglioni 67 rooms from £237

    West London

    European glitz behind an unassuming facade, predominently suites, well positioned across from Hyde Park

    Views  -  Great view of Kensington Gardens and Palace
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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  • The Nadler Kensington 65 rooms from £143

    London (South West)

    The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's famously grand townhouses are converted into streamlined, designer accommodation. Light rooms with high ceilings, bay windows and ktichenettes are a good choice for longer stays. Proximity to the tube network makes it prime location.

    Value chic  -  Self catering facilities can cut your costs in half, with no compromise on style or location.
    Local exploring  -  Proximity to centre of town and main attractions makes this a great stay for local exploring.
    Great walks  -  Hyde Park is a large space in the heart of the city and offers miles of walkways and trails for cyclists.
    Local markets  -  The Acklam Village Market is open every Saturday and Sunday, come rain or shine.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Frommers
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Written by Sarah Empson

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