The Resident Kensington is a warm and quiet retreat from the busy streets of London. This four-star hotel is not only quiet, but comfortable and well located.Housed in an elegant Edwardian townhouse just yards from Earl’s Court Station. If you’re not struck by West London, don’t worry, The Resident has three other hotels across London (Soho, Covent Garden and Victoria), as well as one in Liverpool. Each has old world charm and a service-oriented approach to hospitality.
Unsurprisingly, Resident Kensington is located in Kensington and Chelsea, one of London’s wealthiest neighborhoods. Kensington’s main street, teeming with retailers, is a twenty-minute walk away. While Earl’s Court Station, a transport hub that connects you to all parts of London, is just a five-minute walk away. You will also find shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars on Earl’s Court Road. The Design Museum is a 15-minute walk from the hotel, and Hyde Park is just under a 30-minute walk (or 12 by tube). Those arriving by train can get to Kings Cross or Euston Station via the tube in under 30 minutes.
The 65 rooms at Resident Kensington are functional, comfortable and peaceful spaces with muted color palettes. Each is equipped with a designer coffee machine, microwave, sink and refrigerator, ideal for families. Another bonus is the Brita faucet which filters London’s notoriously hard water. The TVs have free channels and are of adequate size, although the introduction of smart TVs with Netflix, Amazon and the like would be a big improvement.
Having your head down at Resident Kensington is no problem. The mattresses are thick, the carpets soft, the bedding premium quality, and the bedrooms temperate. The stripped-down decor may not be to everyone’s taste (including that of this writer), but is perfectly functional and not at all offensive. Maybe the owners are targeting more traditional clients who are more interested in substance than style – the two things he does. Everything is spotlessly clean, comfortable and you can barely hear a fly fly, despite being in the heart of London. Coming back to your bedroom at night is like sitting by a hot fire while the rain is hitting outside.
The style, the staff and everything in between
Traditional and charming, that’s how we would describe this hotel – from its royal Edwardian facade to its bucolic interiors. The lobby is quaint and well finished with mood lighting, books and a fireplace. However, the service is what sets this hotel apart. Vicktoria and Maria are friendly, knowledgeable and charismatic, regularly engage in witty conversations, and help guests decide where to go for dinner. And everyone at the reception says hello and goodbye when you leave the building.
Although amenities are limited – there is no gym, pool bar, or restaurant – the hotel has partnerships with local businesses offering discounted services to its guests. WiFi is available and free, however, it can be spotty depending on where you are in the property. Also don’t expect inconvenience or overkill customer service, otherwise you will be disappointed. The vibe here is more relaxed, friendly and laid back, like staying with friends or family.
Food and drink
The Resident Kensington does not have a restaurant or bar. Nonetheless, the hotel is happy to shop for groceries at no additional cost – whether you want breakfast, lunch, or dinner items to be delivered to your room. In the lobby you can also enjoy coffee, tea and snacks (nuts, chocolate, chips, etc.). For breakfast, Paul’s bakery is just a short walk away, offering croissants, cakes, sandwiches and hot drinks. In addition, there are many restaurants nearby that the staff will be happy to point out to you.
Ask for an above ground room facing the front because some rooms at the back are not as bright.
Room rates at The Resident Kensington start from £ 129.
For more information visit: www.residenthotels.com/the-resident-kensington