Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 431
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Lozano Great stay
Stayed at this hotel 5 years ago and used it again as we were attending Royal Albert Hall concert
The improvements at the hotel was marked had a few minor issues previously but this stay was very good all round
May 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cookie7 Great location
Holiday Inn London - Kensington Forum is a great location to everything. Very happy everything except for the lack of free WIFI for the guests from overseas.
May 21, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BegoniaBilbao Great location and comfort
I stayed in a twin bedroom with my pre-teen daughter and we both loved it. One minute walk from the tube.The beds were comfortable, there was no noise at all and the kettle was a bonus!
May 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Yoni306 My second Home
As A business traveler as well as when on Holiday in London, I have made the Holiday Inn Kensington my second home over the past few years.
On all aspects this is defiantly the best of all worlds you can have,
Staring with perfect location few feet from Tube station with access to just about anywhere,
Hotel accommodation that are most satisfactory with Fitness center, Tavern for great football matches, dining and wining and much more,
But above all , for me the great value is the Staff and attention they award every guest and try to accommodate and solve every problem.
This is without doubt my best Hotel I have stayed in overt the many years and trips I have made.
May 16, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by wtriker1701D No King Bed, No Shower Pressure
We booked a room described as having a King-size bed, but our room clearly had queen. When I asked the front desk if I had been given the wrong room they explained that no room in the hotel has a king size bed. The website is inaccurate. The queen bed we were given was uncomfortably hard, even for my wife who likes hard beds.
Furthermore there was absolutely no water pressure -- it was akin to a weak faucet. We called maintenance to look into it, and either nothing was done or nothing could be done.
The room was very clean, though, and the furnishings nice. The room was small, but we expected that. We paid extra for the business lounge and it was a nice ammenity.
The price was still good for the area, but in retrospect, I probably would've tried to stay in a different hotel.
May 15, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Yogi001 I was not asked
I was disappointed.
Your staff didn't ask me which currency I prefered GBP or JPY.
As a result, your staff disignated JPY without my confirmation, and I lost my money, because my credit card has a special offered exchange rate.
This is your fault.
You must refund the difference.
May 15, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by nicolass been many times good position quite efficient a few regular hickups
this time sincei had a booking for 3 nights paying and 4 nights on priority points (i ma Platinum) 1) the person who did the check-in, in spite of saying she would like the 2 did not, hence on the 4th day arriving at the room we met 2 people who had been givencards to our room, since he had checked us out without us being warend or checking the bill . I then realized 4 days later thatthe bill had been automatically charged to the credit card . thanks God nothing was missing in the room . every time i go ot the hotel the sink is regularly jammed and often one of the bathroom lights does not work . but the rate is good, position excellent , internet now works fine and good tv selection. i find the internet charge ridiculous
May 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MLRWD Definately recommend
Room was very small, but very clean, quiet and comfortable. The front desk person was warm and welcoming. The concierge was GREAT! Hotel is located very close to buses and underground, which made it perfect to get around. It was within walking distance to Kensington Park and Palace, as well as many museums. The Forum, just around the corner had wonderful (and cheap) pizza. Only complaint was that the pub closed for serving food at 11 and room service only offers cold food at that time. We returned from the theater after 11 and wanted a hot dinner. Had to go out for that. We had a great time and really did enjoy this hotel.
May 12, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Chiasw Bad services.
I was quite surprise that your hotel does not have wifi in common area. I do not have a uk phone number. I thought my guest could use the phone at your lobby to contact me. My guest told me that she called to my room many times by using the house phone at your lobby. She called many times and no one answer, however, I was in the room at that time and my phone didn't have any respond. She spoke to your customer service and your colleagues answer was very disappointing. Your colleague didn't take any effort to help my guest. She waited at the lobby for quite a while because she couldn't do anything and no one help her. Luckily I went down to the lobby to look for my guest, otherwise I couldn't imagine what would happen as we had an important event to attend at that time.
May 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by westmilt Handy for tube and buses
We were very pleased with service on front desk and concierge who looked after our luggage before check in and after check out. Breakfast was busy but well organised so we had only a short wait for a table.
There are many hotels that could learn a lot from this one.
May 12, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Axel3 Extremely hot and uncomfortable room
Were put in the east facing wing, and with sun, it was extremely hot and uncomfortable. Must have been a two pipe system, with A/C not on yet. Requested another room. Even as Proirity Club Member, we were not moved, just given a table fan, which was not adequate to cool room..Know London is not overly hot, but the whole east wing had sunshine that week, so great for visit, but not for sleeping.....
May 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by KH58 Tour bus connection
Connection with tour buses is excellent and the hotel staff assists you in a helpful manner.
May 9, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Steve211 Poor Service
On arrival at specified check-in time the room was not ready and we were made to wait 45 minutes for it to become available. After complaining after 30 minutes we were given drinks vouchers for the bar area, which everybody else in this area also seemed to have, so we were not the only ones.
On sitting in the bar area we were ignored by staff and not served any drinks or even offered the opportunity to order drinks.
The room itself was ok, what is expected from a Holiday Inn, so no complaints there, but service levels at reception and in the bar area were very poor.
May 7, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Azafato London Layover
Hello! Really like this hotel. I have stayed here on my own, when my company is not putting me up here. The staff is great and the food is excellent.
I do wish though there was FREE wifi throughout the hotel. Other than that this is a great hotel.
May 6, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by colparis Good Stay
Comfortable 5-days, nice improvement to breakfast buffet (attendants behind the food counters). Staff called room during stay , we told about the center table leg being broken; Never fixed during our stay.
May 4, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Sasanka Very Bad experience
No hot water inspite of multiple complaints. I will not stay there again. Too crowded... don't even take care of gold members. I
April 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by prisoner marathon package & weekend
A first class experience. Every detail was looked after and the room and service and facilities wre fantastic. I could not recommend this more highly.. A fabulous room, very courteous, helpful, engaging and helpful staff, i could ask for no more. Each and every detail was addressed, services were A1 and well I could not have been any more happy. I was looked after like I was a star. I cannot find anything even remotely wrong to say about my experience. My most sincere thanks go to the staff and management at the Holiday Inn Forum, they made my final appearance in the London Marathon a most wonderful experience, relaxing, enjoyable and I was treated like a real star so very special. I cannot thank you all enough for an unforgettable weekend. HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended. Heartfelt thanks to every member of staff THANK YOU BOB
April 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MattJo13 Surpisingly much better than expected
We were married 2 years ago and jetted off to Spain for a week. Celebrated our 1st anniversary in Portugal. This year decided on 2 nights in London and after extensive searching on line, we chose this hotel. What a great decision it was too! On arrival, we ate in the hotel restaurant/bar in the foyer and were impressed with the quality and cost. On checking in, the extremely helpful girl asked us about our reason for visiting and she seemed very genuine in her interest. We went out for a couple of hours after checking our room and on return, found a bottle of wine in a bucket of ice with 2 glasses and a card saying Happy Anniversary - what a lovely touch.
The hotel was brilliant for what we required - just around the corner from Gloucester Road tube station, where the Big Bus Tour set off from too.
We will definitely return to our favourite London destination. Many thanks to the staff for making us so welcome!
April 30, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MarkAnnie Great location
Ideal site for museums and shopping. Excellent staff, most helpful.
Usual good breakfast. Car park handy but v expensive. Tube and restaurants all close by. I was @ a conference, my wife hit the museums and shops. Ideal!
April 30, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Mohair1 Poor hotel
Poor Hotel, Poor service, not treat as a valued customer, will not stop again.
April 30, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by neversent great location, but so-so stay
This hotel is affordable and conveniently located to many sights, walking distance to Earl's Court (where I was attending a conference), and right near the Gloucester Road tube stop. I stayed in an Executive room, which was small, but clean, and totally serviceable. Bed was firm, which I like, but no top sheet, only a fairly worn and lumpy polyester comforter. I was glad at least that I could request nice down pillows rather than the (also-lumpy) synthetic ones that were in the room when I arrived. Sofa in the sitting area in the room looked worn, and there was a table there that didn't make sense given how small the room was. I banged into it twice trying to walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night. The bathroom was clean but tiny, and the water pressure in the shower was TERRIBLE. Barely a trickle most mornings, and so bad that I resorted to dry shampooing my hair because it was too hard to get the shampoo out with the water the way it was. It also took a very long time to heat up. I would literally turn on the tap (for shower or for sink) to warm up and then go do something else for five minutes to wait for it. In addition, the hotel seems to get a lot of tour groups, and if you happen to need something at the time a group is checking in, they do not have enough staff to help groups and others. Twice I called down to reception for something and it just rang and rang, and when I finally got frustrated enough to take the lift down to the front desk, there were lines there, too. They just obviously don't have enough staff, and the staff they do have needs more training. No one told me I needed a special card for the gym, nor told me where my included breakfast was served. There was nothing in the room indicating food options or how to work the internet or any of the usual basic informational brochures you expect from a hotel. So, overall, the location was great, and the room was clean and relatively quiet. And they did grant me an extension on checkout with no fee since I'm a PC member, which I really appreciated. It was okay for a business trip where I was not often in the room, but the water issue especially needs to be fixed since I've seen many other guests complain here, and they need more staff to truly call themselves a decent business hotel.
April 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Huib My favourite hotel in London
In the past years I stayed many weekends in the hotel because of its location and the consistent quality. My recent weekend was in April. The room is not large but that is quite common in major European cities. The room was clean, had a comfortable bed en a large flat screen TV. The bathroom was small but also very clean, only the water pressure of the shower could be better. Breakfast was good and if you are hungry in the morning you have value for money (ask for a voucher at the front desk if breakfast is not included in your rate). The front desk staff is international, very friendly and helpful. Location of the hotel is perfect with the Gloucester Road tube station on a 5 minutes walking distance and 2 bus stops nearby.
Overall I had once again very pleasant stay and will be back in September.
April 28, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Classicconcertgirl Two Mugs would have been Nice!
We arrived at about 1400 hrs on Thursday 25th April - check-in was efficient and our room was on 24th floor with good views. We wanted to make a drink before we ventured out but there was only one mug which we had to share- Ok for newly marrieds which we aren't. On going out we asked for a second mug to be put in our room, but were disappointed on our return about 23.30 hours to find still only one mug. We again requested a second mug the following morning on our way in to Central London- but again on our return still only one- how difficult is it to get a second mug put in a room- Don't reception staff communicate with housekeeping staff? Otherwise everything was fine with a very good breakfast choice.
April 28, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by April26 really good *****
came to London for the weekend thought it would be a nightmare but hotel was lovely parking on site at a good price right in the center of everything with Harrods just up the road.
Good price hotel for what it was and the breakfast was lovely. Would really recommend rooms are great everything great
April 26, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Akooli Avoidable
I stayed at this hotel 13-18 April 2013 along with my brother. I am an IHG Ambassador Platinum member, but the staff was far from helpful. First of all, we were given a double bed room (they called it king bed), instead of a twin room. it was way too small for two people.
The room was not maintained properly. Water, Tea and coffee refills were not replenished. I had to ask for refills.
the porter did not arrive despite waiting for half hour. I had get two suitcase down myself.
Avoid, if you can
April 26, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Phil007 Clean, efficient and convenient for London
The hotel was as expected for Holiday Inn. Efficient check-in and check-out, clean room (although it was the a disabled person room and a bit out of proportion). However, the room was fine for the single night we stayed but would not have been suitable for a longer stay. I will be back as Holiday Inn always
April 26, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RKNRADHA Always great. I love the location.
I think I will always stay in this hotel, as it is so convenient to be in the center of London.
April 24, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Sfbjack Quite disgraceful!
I have stayed at this hotel many times over the last year or so and can without doubt state that I will never stay here again. Where to start??
On arrival at the hotel, I was unfortunately on the phone so realising that I was going to be on the phone for some time more, I decided to give the receptionist my Platinum membership card and mouthed that i would like to check in - no problem I thought and the young lady duly checked me in. While still in the lobby area, I eventually finished the call and then noticed that the room key was not in the usual Priority Club folder - I went back to reception and asked if I had received the complimentary upgrade that I usually have received at the hotel in the past. The girl took the room key from me and gave me another room asking me if I had actually been to my room in a rude manner.
Having eventually got to my room and decided to do some work and get room service, but there was no menu in the room so I rang down to reception to request one. They said Room service would call me back - after 15 mins they did so and said that they would send a menu up. After 45 mins nothing received, I call reception again - who again said room service would call back - after 15 mins they eventually called - I requested a menu again - 10 mins later it arrived. I called reception again to make my order - again told room service would call me back - 45 mins nothing. So after two hours of waiting I had not even placed my order! So I went to rection complained and went out to get a sandwich.
Prior to going out that night I tried to have a shower but that did not work properly (small dribble) - same next morning - oh and to top it off the air con didn't work!
Next morning at check out I was offered a £10 discount off my bill or some more points but was just too angry to accept either and advised reception I will not be staying there again - frankly appalling!
April 24, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by yellowcab1 bad check in desk service even for platinum
it is really the slowest and badest service I had overall in this chain. no matter which message you leave behind it does not come through. some of my staff had to wait for over one hour to check in...
for me... no confirmation of paid breakfast or business lounge while it was paid for...
April 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Campbells Excellent service and value
I went with an 11 yr old child for an event she had to perform in, the location was fantastic and we managed to walk everywhere we needed to go (R.A.Hall, museums etc). Staff managed to get us in our rooms early (including on same corridor as friend and her daughter) in order for the girls to change into performance clothes. The rooms were good value and very comfortable beds. We ate in the hotel in evening and the food was excellent - the buffet breakfast had a fantastic choice of foods. Moreover all the staff we came across were really child-friendly and very helpful. I would highly recommend this HOliday Inn especially for location. I will definitely use it again for any other London trips. My daughter would have liked a pool but you can't have anything!!
April 21, 2013