Collingham Serviced Apartments Hotel

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Collingham Serviced Apartments Hotel

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4 star

Rooms: 26

26 27 Collingham Gardens - London - England - SW50HN - United Kingdom | 02072448677
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9/10
I always stay at The Collingham
Submitted by: Sally in 09/02/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
This is a gem of a Hotel in Kensington. Good value, lovely stylish apartments. I strongly recommend The Collingham.
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Collingham Serviced Apartments Hotel

Spacious and clean, great location, no air conditioning

from louisianamom
An apartment in London is definitely the way to go for families. We stayed in a 2bd/2ba apt here for four nights in June, and it was spacious, clean. It had small but serviceable kitchen. Best thing was location. On a very quiet street with a lovely garden in the middle of a typical South Kensington square. Earl's Court Rd and tube station (both very busy areas) are a surprisingly close three blocks away. However, like many London properties in summer, it can get very warm and has no air conditioning. We stayed on the first floor and the second bedroom was extremely stuffy, even though the temperature never topped 80F. Proximity to Earl's Court Rd Marks and Spencer, inexpensive Greek restaurant and Earl's Court tube station were all pluses. Sainsbury's (I hate to say it, but the London equivalent of WalMart--and I mean that in a good way) is a few blocks further down closer to S. Kensington. Would be best no later than early summer due to no a/c.

A very pleasant surprise!

from CaSweetone
I, as the mother of Yananoli, agree completely with his review of this apartment. I was especially impressed with the large size of the rooms and the comfortable beds, since so many reviews of other apartments and hotels complained of the rooms being smaller than they looked in pics and also, the beds were too soft or lumpy. It was a nice introduction to England to spend our first four days here!

Very nice apartment !

from yanonali
We stayed at the Collingham apts for 4 nights in early April 2007. Our room was a 2 bdr 2 bath downstairs.The apt was very nice ,clean and comfortable.The neighborhood was excellent.We walked to tube stations at all times of the day and night and had no problems at all.Tube station Earls Court was 3 blocks away a nice 5 minute walk.Lots of restaurants and markets around earls court.Would definitely stay there again and recommend it to anyone.We were a family of 5 with two teens and our mother of 68.The only drawback was our room was down a narrow stair case and the lift only serviced the upper floors.At first we expressed concern over this because our mother had trouble walking .The apt offered a single room for her on the floor by the front desk for a very discounted rate .We appreciated that very much, but our mother decided to stay downstairs anyway.Also on one day we took a cab and there were plenty driving by just on the corner very easy to find one.Overall we had a wonderful time ,the beds were very comfortable the bathrooms had tubs and were clean,the kitchen was perfect for making our meals when we wanted to save a few pounds.We recommend it very highly and price was very reasonable compared to staying in a hotel so enjoy !

No Aircon!!!!

from LaBoo
The apartments are in a great location and are very well maintained. However, they neglect to inform you that they have no airconditioning! This is probably usually not a problem. But, if you go in the summer, stay elsewhere. You just might happen to go during the "heatwave". I used to live in Prague and I know that this part of the world always has an "unusual heatwave" during the summer.
I found it interesting that when my husband arrived (a day ahead of me) that they "upgraded" him to the penthouse. What he didn't realize was that someone had probably been in the penthouse the day before and had complained so loudly about the heat that they moved them to another room. So, they gave it to us to seem like we were special! Well let me tell you. It was so hot that we could not even consider staying anytime during the day in our flat. This ended up being a bit of a problem, because we were all jetlagged and sometimes needed to bring the kids back to the room for an hour or so. We also had a friend drive in from outside of London to visit and we couldn't even stay in the apartment to talk and visit. Sweat was dripping off of everyone and the kids were miserable!!! I suggest that anyone with kids that is visiting London in the summer always ask if the accomodation has airconditioning. You never know when that "unusual" heatwave might just hit!
Management Response from reservations5
We did experience unseasonably hot weather this summer. However, we do not advertise that we have airconditioning, but will do everything we can to ensure that our guests enjoy a happy and comfortable stay with us.
We can arrange to hire portable air conditioning units if guests request this. I have also checked our bookings for this time and we did not have other guests check out of the Penthouse because of the heat. We simply upgraded this family because we had availability, and I am sorry that they were unhappy

Ideal for a family stay in Lodon

from newbroom
I recently stayed at the Collingham Apartments for four nights with my family. We had a two bedroomed apartment (for us and our 3 kids) and a one bedroomed apartment (for my parents). It was absolutely ideal for our needs and in a great location.

As the children are still young (6,4 and 2) we did not want to be stuck in a hotel room with them after their bedtime, so the sitting room and kitchen were great for us to relax in after they went to bed. We also saved a lot on breakfasts and lunches by having our own kitchen to use.

The apartments are in a nice quiet street, close to Earl's Court and Gloucester Rd tube stations and walking distance from the museums (The Science Museum being our favourite!).

I would highly recommend the Collingham for familes wanting a home form home in London.

Collingham voted Best in Class (by me)

from BeenThereToo
We just got back from a stay at the Collingham Apartments in the South Kensington area of London. Without a doubt, the best place I have stayed in many visits to South Kensington. We had a two-bedroom apartment that we arranged through --- who were able to arrange a better rate for us than calling the Collingham directly.

It's not the fanciest, it's not a place to see or be seen, it's not the place to go if you are expecting to stay in the lap of luxury. However, if you are looking to stay in one of the nicest neighborhoods in London but not hand over your wallet, this is a great choice.

When my wife and I arrived with our two babies in tow, The Collingham staff sent three men to help us unload our van. Being typical Americans we couldn't leave the house without five suitcases, a stroller, and God-knows-how-many bags of toys, diapers and other kid things! Anyway, nobody gave us any sideways glances, they were happy to see us and the front desk staff was very friendly-- especially to the babies.

The apartment was much bigger than I expected. There was a full hallway with the bedrooms off to one side and the bathroom, kitchen and living room on the other and a patio at the far end. The bathroom was quite large with a tub/shower combo. The bedrooms each had a large closet, two night stands and two single beds-- but in ours the beds were pushed together to make a "king" bed.

The living room had a TV, sofa, two soft chairs and a small table and four chairs for eating. They have a lot of stuff crammed in there. They could probably stand to lose some chairs since you could conceivably sit 9 people in this room all at once. I suspect only the two bedroom units have the patio/deck since I could only see about 4 of them.

The kitchen was very usable (not a kitchenette like many places that advertise a "kitchen") with a full size fridge, a microwave, an oven, toaster, flatware and silverware. The only bummer was no basics like salt, sugar, condiments. The TV got about 25 channels and there was a DVD player as well. But remember, UK DVD players won't play American DVDs so don't bother bringing any. Besides, the front desk has about 75 movies to choose from.

I'm sure you can find this all on their webpage but they have wireless internet access, a (free) laundry room, 24 hour desk staff, and daily maid service (except sundays) and they even clean your dishes! There's a huge supermarket about 2 blocks away. They are smack dab in the middle of Earl's Court and Gloucester Road tube stops-- about 7 minutes to either. The Natural History Museum, Hyde Park and even Harrod's (on a nice day) are all within walking distance. Downsides would be the funky layout of the apartments, skinny hallways and lack of a true queen/king bed.

Overall the Collingham was very clean, the staff is friendly-- even the guy on duty at 2 am-- and you're in a great neighborhood. I will definitely stay here next time I visit.

Collingham Serviced Apartments

from A TripAdvisor Member
My Company exhibit's at Olympia. We always stay at The Collingham, as the apartments are perfect for us, and close to Olympia and the tube. Very clean, with laundry facilities, dry cleaning, and close to supermarket. We like to eat breakfast in, and often have take-away or dine out at night. We need the wireless broadband, which they offer.
After a busy day, it's nice to watch a DVD in the lounge.They have quite a choice of films. We like the friendly relaxed karma of The Collingham.

A Home from Home

from A TripAdvisor Member
For our pre-Christmas family trip to London we needed a friendly, clean, inexpensive hotel in a good location. We got even more than this during our stay at the Collingham Apartments. From the moment we arrived the ladies at reception couldnt have made us feel more welcome. Our room was spotless, with 2 good-sized bedrooms, with incredibly comfortable large beds. The living room area over-looked pretty gardens of a residential square and the kitchen was well equipped for a family's cooking needs. Not only was the hotel well-located near Harrods and the museums, and close to a tube station but also in a quiet pretty neighbourhood away from the main roads. Any extra requests or queries for the staff were dealt with efficiently. We would happily recommend The Collingham Apartments, and definitely intend to stay there again next year.
Management Response from reservations5
Thankyou for your comments. We will strive to meet your expecttations on a future visit and assure you of our best attention at all times.

Good Value but Be Careful!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Booked here to stay in this Apartment for 3 nights. There was 7 people in my party. On arrival the reception looked as per the picture on the internet. The lift was small and it could only hold 3 persons max as a point there are 5 floors!!! We were on floor 2 in room 120. Room 120 was a 3 bedroom apartment and this is where we had our biggest shock. The lock on the room door was positioned about 2 foot from the ground well below the handle - why I still don't know. The apartment was OK if you are on a budget but there is no way I would have stayed here if it was myself and my kids on our own. The living room was under-furnished one 2 seated sofa (sofa come bed) and 2 arm chairs this apartment was to accommodate 6-8 people????????? The rooms (all of them) were small and the living room was cramped when all 7 of us were watching TV and there is only one TV and none in the bedrooms. The kitchen was kitted out OK but not great some cutlery was rusty along with some pots and pans. The kitchen was fairly clean. One thing which I found hard to believe missing was a coffee maker (which wasn't in or room on arrival but took 2 days to get) and I was presented this old one person peculator-dirty as well! The kitchen is cramped and two in it is a real push! Bedrooms, basic very basic you do not get the "luxury" touches as per the photos on their web site, no nice furnishings - nothing. The beds are comfortable but they are dressed in plain white quilt plain sheets and plain pillows. The home-made wardrobes are dirty and dusty, I needed to was some of my clothes because the dust had been left on the shelf's where someone hasn't cleaned in a long long time. The bathrooms are plain white and dirty and need a good cleaning and a lot of re-grouting around the tiles and the bath. Soap - there is soap but the soap is out of their packet and looked used all 4 bars per bathroom mite I add (must be on an economy drive.) There is no face-cloths at all in the building so bring some!! All in all it seems to be a bit of false advertising from the site to reality but staff were friendly and the location was good.
There are guest houses who offer better service and accommodation for a cheaper price than this establishment but you make you own decision.....

Much better than a hotel room--for less!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We found that this was a great alternative to a hotel room, particularly since it was less expensive and much more spacious.

It is located in a nice, mostly residential neighborhood, only a couple of blocks from a tube station, and with plenty of restaurants and shopping nearby.

Three of us (2 adults, 1 child) shared a one bedroom, which features a small but fully-outfitted kitchen, lounge with sleeper sofa, bedroom, bathroom and patio with table, chairs and a swing. There are several grocery stores in the area, so stocking the fridge & pantry was easy.

The apartment was cleaned every day (except Sunday), with fresh linens supplied.

If you are going to be in London at least a week, I highly recommend getting an apartment instead of a hotel room!

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  • Address: 26 27 Collingham Gardens - London - England - SW50HN - United Kingdom
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