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United Kingdom | The Kensington Hotel

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THE KENSINGTON HOTEL
BY: TAYLOR MICHIE | SMARTFLYER

WHY: Whirlwind summer trip
WHEN: May 2015
WHO: Just me!

Beautiful local residence in the leafy South Kensington neighborhood.
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- DETAILS, DETAILS -

TYPE: Beautifully restored 19th century residence.

ROOMS: 150 rooms and suites, each decorated with a unique mix of contemporary and Georgian furniture. Bright colors contrast with dark woods and gold trim. Some rooms feature four-poster beds, a reminder of classical elegance. Bathrooms are large, marble wonders, some with freestanding bathtubs. 

POOL/GYM: The property's gym is cosy but fully equipped. 

RESTAURANT: The newly refurbished Town House serves modern interpretations of classic British food using seasonal ingredients. The morning breakfast buffet is excellent, though you should spring for the avocado toast off the a la carte menu. The restaurant also has a separate juice menu in partnership with The Juicery, a unique (and delicious!) addition to the standard offerings.

VIBE: Understated city charm.

BAR: The cocktail bar is located on the ground floor, spread across a series of drawing rooms and sitting areas, the perfect place to unwind after a day of sightseeing.

WIFI: Complimentary throughout.

KIDS: Bring them! The hotel provides board games, milk and cookies on turndown, and can even arrange for a teepee to be placed in room, and adjoining rooms are available.

LOCATION: London's charming South Kensington neighborhood, just a quick walk to the South Kensington and Gloucester Road tube stations. London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is fifteen miles away.


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- A few things -

The Kensington is a perfect balance of traditional and contemporary -- it hasn't forgotten its roots as a cluster of traditional Georgian townhouses, but a smart marble lobby and series of interconnected lounge spaces bring a modern feel that contrasts nicely with the building's history. 

It's just around the corner from Hyde Park and some of London's best museums, including my favorite: the Victoria and Albert Museum, which pays tribute to both classic and contemporary pieces of design and decoration. 

The property understated in the best sense of the word, tucked away from the paths of the typical tourist, and with an emphasis on practical luxury rather than flashiness. 

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