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Hotel London Kensington managed by Melia

4.5-star4.5 stars
61 Gloucester Road, Kensington, London, England, SW7 4PE, United Kingdom

Luxury hotel with restaurant, near Natural History Museum
  • Free WiFi
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From 1,585 reviews. TripAdvisor Traveller Rating.

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Great location
Fantastic service
Tasty breakfast
Bar could improve

Hotel London Kensington managed by Melia

from £139
  • The Kensington Suite
  • Single Room
  • Standard Double Room
  • Superior Double Room
  • Superior Twin Room
  • Premium Room (King Size)
  • Family Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Family Room (2AD+1CH)
  • Junior Suite (2AD+1CH)
  • Suite (2AD+1CH)

What’s around Hotel London Kensington managed by Melia

Top spots nearby

Recommended by this property

  • Natural History Museum (5-minute walk)
  • Science Museum (6-minute walk)
  • Royal Albert Hall (8-minute walk)
  • Harrods (14-minute walk)
  • Hyde Park (17-minute walk)
  • Buckingham Palace (29-minute walk)
  • Big Ben (38-minute walk)
  • Coca-Cola London Eye (42-minute walk)
  • The British Museum (44-minute walk)
  • Tower of London (4.7 mi / 7.5 km)

Getting around

  • London (LGW-Gatwick) 46-min drive
  • London (LCY-London City) 25-min drive
  • London West Brompton Station 20-min walk
  • London Kensington Olympia Station 29-min walk
  • Kensington (Olympia) Station 29-min walk
  • Gloucester Road Underground Station 1-min walk
  • South Kensington Underground Station 10-min walk
  • High Street Kensington Station 15-min walk

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 81 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 4 floors


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-12:30 AM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-out
The credit card used to book the reservation must be presented by the cardholder at check-in along with matching photo identification.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No parking

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Buffet breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Working away
  • 24-hour business centre
  • Number of meeting rooms - 4
  • Conference space
  • Meeting rooms
  • Conference space size (feet) - 76
  • Conference space size (meters) - 7
  • Computer station
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built – 1789
  • Lift
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Premium bedding
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • LCD TV
  • Pay films
  • Digital TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Special features


The Jam Cupboard – This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hotel London Kensington managed by Melia’s small print

Also known as

  • Rydges Kensington London Hotel
  • Rydges London
  • London Kensington managed Meliá
  • managed Meliá
  • Hotel London Kensington managed by Meliá
  • Hotel London Kensington managed by Melia Hotel
  • Hotel London Kensington managed by Melia London
  • Hotel London Kensington managed by Melia Hotel London
  • Hotel London Kensington managed by Melia Hotel
  • Hotel London Kensington managed by Melia London
  • Hotel London Kensington managed by Melia Hotel London
  • Rydges Hotel
  • Hotel London Kensington managed Meliá
  • Rydges
  • Hotel London Rydges
  • Rydges Kensington London England
  • Rydges Kensington Plaza London
  • Hotel Rydges Kensington Plaza
  • Rydges Kensington London Hotel London


Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Mandatory fees

Deposit: GBP 50.00 per night

Optional extras

Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 18 per person (approximately)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

Most helpful reviewsReviews are sorted based on what customers found most helpful and our recommendations

Very good 8.0 From 602 reviews

Very good 8.0
First off: My ratings reflect the unfortunate fact that the hotel is undergoing a massive refurbishment, so many areas are a work in progress, and the restaurants were closed. That said, it will be finished in October, and promises to be splendid. The location is great with Gloucester Road Tube station almost on the doorstep (and buses ON the doorstep!) and there are plenty of shops and eateries within quick walking distance... and the V&A, Albert Hall and the Natural History Museum are found after a comfortable stroll. Do ask the staff for recommendations-- they are very kind. My main niggle with my stay seems to be a glitch with Expedia. I had booked a "room with a view" standard double as advertised on the website, but when I arrived, I was given a lower ground floor room-- even though I had specifically requested NOT to be put in the basement! The hotel was full, and they couldn't move (upgrade) me until the second night, so I didn't bother for the sake of a 2-night stay. Fun fact: ALL of the standard doubles are located on the lower level (although there will be some on upper floors after the renovations). That said, my room was huge by London standards, very clean and ultra-quiet... the biggest on that level. The staff are excellent and cannot do enough for you. Thanks, all! I'm sure this place will be wonderful after all the work is over, and I would stay again. *If you like Italian food, try Da Marios nearby!
ca2 night trip
Good 6.0
So I stayed here one month after the property converted from a Rydge's to Melia property. I was underwhelmed to be honest. I arrived late at night and the man at the front desk did there bare minimum to check me in...copied my passport, took my credit card and gave me a room key. He did not tell me where the lift was, where and when breakfast was served or did anything above and beyond the very fundamentals of check-in. I reserved a "king room" which I payed extra for since I'm a big guy and was staying five nights. I did in fact get a king bed but the bed almost completely filled the room. I know London hotel rooms are tiny but this was a king bed squeezed into a "single room". The room was a little threadbare...painting chipping, shower head crooked, and carpets soiled. I'm hoping Melia is planning to update and renovate the rooms over time. I also wondered if I was put in a tiny room because I booked through expedia and not directly because the man at check in made a point of saying I booked through a travel agent. Breakfast was included with the room and was your standard English breakfast fare which is ok for me. But the first few mornings, I got the sense that things in the dining room (and kitchen) were a bit chaotic, like this was all new to them. By my last morning, there were two new wait staff and things seemed to be much better managed. You cannot beat the location near Gloucester Tube stop, shops, restaurants and pubs. But not a 4 1/2 star property!
George, usOther trip
Good 6.0
I really wanted to like this hotel, but I had a couple unfortunate experiences during my two-night stay. I ended up in a room on the lower ground level that had a broken AC the first night. Reception gave me a fan, and it did get fixed the next day luckily, but on the second night I saw a mouse come in under the door and run around the room. It was a little unnerving and made me question the cleanliness of the place overall. I called the front desk to let them know and they said they would come down and take a look in the hallway. When I checked out in the morning, I also let reception know about this, and they said sorry, but I don’t feel like they made up for it. I didn’t ask them for anything, but in my opinion, a nice hotel like this should make an extra effort in a case like this to apologize. I don’t know if I’ll be staying at this chain again.
Erin, us2 night trip
Very good 8.0
I was very impressed with the Hotel London Kensington. I booked my rooms months in advance and they were very reasonable, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The lobby was modern, clean and welcoming. The staff were friendly and helpful. I booked a family room and a double room. The family room was a good size. We did not utilize the small sofa as a bed, so I'm not sure about the comfort of it, but the bed was very comfortable. The rooms were air conditioned, which was a plus in summer. The other standard room was very spacious and appeared to be recently remodeled. The hotel is undergoing renovations, but it didn't interfere with our stay. The Hotel is extremely close to the Tube and there are numerous cafes and restaurants in the area. I would definitely stay here again.
us3 night trip
Very good 8.0
Fab room, nice staff, great location!
Beautiful hotel, great location. Had a massive power outage and had to pack up and prepare to move to another hotel, but the staff was very nice during the difficult circumstances. Ended up being able to stayed the power was restored. We LOVED our room. Great style/decor and a second room for our daughter. Some renovations going on and we did have some strange plastic temporary carpet but other than that, the room was nearly perfect! Would definitely stay again and recommend. Gloucester tube stop is across the street and Natural History and National Science Museums just around the corner.
Kellie, us3 night family trip

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