Copthorne Tara Hotel

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Copthorne Tara Hotel

, London
3 star

Rooms: 834

Scarsdale Place, Kensington - London - England - W8 5SR - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 20 7937 7211
1625 Traveller

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Nice hotel
Submitted by: BUTLER in 06/11/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
Very clean, staff friendly, overall good value for the money.
Excellent Location
Submitted by: A Travel-Library User in 05/05/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Superbly situated just off Kensington High Street, we were able to park immediately outside the hotel, having been saved a space by Billy, one of the three charming doormen, the other two being Colin and Tom. As our rooms were not ready, we enjoyed a delicious lunch in the hotel's Chinese restaurant. Unfortunately, after this, I became stuck in one of the accessible loos nearby and had to be rescued by a very sweet maintenance man. (there was no way to open the door from the outside). When our rooms did become available, I was disappointed to see that no waterproof wheelchair had been provided. This was rectified very promptly but the chair was not self-propelling and I had to be wheeled in and out by my mother who was sharing the twin room. Apart from this, oh, and the bedside table falling off the wall, everybody was thoroughly helpful and kind. The food in the Brasserie Restaurant was first class and most enjoyable.I am sure that the problems will be dealt with by the sympathetic duty manager. I may go back to check! Overall, the hotel seemed a little shabby but the helpfulness and kindness of the staff won the day.

11th April 2007

Over rated
Submitted by: M Knight in 27/10/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
The hotel was over-priced for the service offered the staff were unhelpful and at times rude, because it is such a big hotel the service by the staff was lacking, I would not see this as a 4 star hotel at all.
I'm a lady...
Submitted by: Sid James in 27/10/05
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Gay
I know it's a cliche' but I have stayed in a few hotels worldwide and this has got to be my ultimate nightmare 3 day stay. Staff were rude , surly and arguementitive, Period. My room had climate control that could not be adjusted, the bed was uncomfortable when I tried to move it a magazine called 'Busty Brides' fell to the floor. The sealant round the bath was peeling faster than the said, 'Busty Brides'. Parking was really expensive and led to three encounters with reception, just to get the ticket placed on account. It was like "the compter/system says no". After breakfast I asked the waitress if there was somewhere I could smoke and enjoy the rest of my coffee with my 'friend' and I was directed to the Bar area. A couple of minutes passed and a member of staff came in asking what I was doing, in a very abrupt manner making me feel to put it bluntly, bullied! I was staying with a group of people and some of the other stories too long to list include staff refusing to order a cab at 6am for a Lady and checking a guest into a room that was already occupied. I will not be staying at this hotel again in fact I would rather stay at the yankee muscat centre association or as it is more commonly known YMCA!
Large impressive Hotel with good service
Submitted by: Amanda Mayes in 18/05/05
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Really handy for Royal Albert Hall and local shopping and restaurants. Hotel was large and staff friendly and efficient. Only fault- people meeting in the bar were smoking which drifted into breakfast area. Parking expensive.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Copthorne Tara Hotel

Not Bad But Rooms Are Sub-Standard

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at the Copthorne Tara in early October when my booked hotel had a fire in the swimming pool and I was relocated to the Tara. The staff was very helpful,the lobby impressive and the breakfast was fine.
However the rooms are shabby with the most uncomfortable and prickliest blankets I have ever used.Those blankets look and feel as if they were made in WW2.The beds are also tiny. The bathrooms are really bad and dirty,with mildew in my bathtub,the taps were prehistoric and rusty ,and the towels faded . The Copthorne should seriously think about renovating those rooms.I was very disappointed and I think it is in the bottom of its price range.

Liked the location and the shower water pressure

from lilzeppelin
I read the reviews having bought a room on priceline for around 96$ including taxes and was not expecting much. Only stayed one night and have left completely satisfied. The best thing is the pressure of the shower - it is excellent! The taps are separate for cold and hot water, and my sink did not drain well. The bed was comfortable and the view from the 2nd floor was towards the street which was quiet, with trees, etc. The location could not be better - 1min from the tube (from the tube turn right before Boots and take a walkway to the hotel), with High St Kensington shops, with Hyde (or Holland) Parks to jog in, and direct tube line to Paddington Station. The service was clumsy but I forgive them as long as everything is resolved. So now the trick is to bid on priceline for even lower for a 4star hotel and make sure you specify double bed in advance.

Excellent staff, comfortable, Great Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is modern, not quaint, but it's clean and comfortable, with a very nice lobby. They have tea in the rooms, and the service was excellent. We stayed in adjoining rooms on a lower floor, no view, but not a big deal. We had a problem with our smoke alarm, and it was fixed immediately, and the man stayed a bit to make sure it was OK. Everyone was efficient and friendly. The location is great, walking distance of tube, shops, Marks&Spencers, pubs, and Kensington Gardens and their lovely tea. The knobs on the tub are interesting, but work nicely once you figure it out. Our only problem: in common with 99% of European hotels the shower curtain didn't work. However, the breakfast was always more than we could handle.

Well worth it for $78 a night in high priced London.....

from A TripAdvisor Member
After reading the reviews I called Priceline to try to switch hotels to no avail. I cried for a couple of hours that I was stuck with this hotel. Upon arrival I asked to see a couple of different rooms. The front desk was very kind and allowed me to see two different rooms. I paid $78 plus the fees charged by priceline. The first room was on the 2nd floor. The first two floors have been updated. It was on the front of the building so there was notrouble with noise. My view was not good, it was of the rooftop but we were not in the room during the daylight anyway. The room had a double bed, a small table, two side chairs and a smallish bathroom. It was very clean and the furnishings were at the level of a 3 1/2 star American hotel. The room I also looked at on the 12th floor had a queen bed and nicer curtains, bed linen and furniture but was 25 pounds extra a night. I opted for the room on the 2nd floor. I did not eat at the hotel restaurant but did not think it was any more expensive than other restaurants. The concierge, bellman and front desk were very gracious and helpful with a wonderful attitude. It is very close to the High Street Kensington Tube station. I would stay here again at the $78 price. I noticed that the guy checking out in front of me was paying $120 a night and the rack room rate was 225 pounds which would be around $440. The hotel looks like a Holiday Inn level hotel from the outside but for the price and London I felt it was an excellent value.

Not a four star hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Definitely not a four star hotel -- it was once, but not anymore. Run down rooms, but clean. On the upside, great location. I paid $80 on Priceline -- which was a bit much for what it was.

so so

from A TripAdvisor Member
I got a standard room on priceline for like $75. Great deal. When we got there the room was not good. Old and grungy. You won't like it. The shower temperature was out of control, the faucet had seperate cold and hot nozzles(wierd). We couldn't sleep there so asked for a different room. I instead upgraded to the concierge room for 25 GBP extra. Now this room was much better. Everything was newer and clean. Don't stay in the standard rooms whatever you do.

I would stay here again

from sweetm
I agree with the reviewers who state that the first impression of this hotel is SHABBY. That is from the outside. I thought it was a run down apartment building and passed it by. However, after realizing the mistake and going in I was in a stately lobby. My room was very comfortable, clean and quiet, which I'd been worried about because of it's proximity to the tube line. I especially liked the iron and ironing board, and coffe service built-ins. I would definitly stay here again.

Not a 4-star hotel...

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Copthorne Tara does not justify a 4-star rating (it's more a 3-star). However, depending on how much you pay, it can be a nice deal.
The room size is small, as well as the bed size. Amenities are average.
On the up side, it is in a very nice neighborhood and just a short walk from the High Street Kensington tube station as well as several bus lines.

Home Away From Home

from RodenbachRuss
This is my home-away-from-home in London. The hotel is just steps away from the Kensington High Street tube stop on the Circle Line, so anywhere in London is easily reach. And the Kensington neighborhood offers a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
The hotel is nothing special but has everything I need: airconditioning, non-smoking floors, iron, etc. Combine all that with the frequently available discount rates on its website and you've got a great deal!

Mixed review

from belizelaw
Your first view of the hotel may be disappointing (as it was for my wife and me). It's somewhat drab, set off the main road in the Kensington area of London.

Once inside, however, the lobby is quite nice, and so is the staff.
There is a small gift shop, from which I bought some last minute gifts before leaving London.

The room was clean, but was small and didn't have many amenities. Our view out the window was of the train tracks.

My wife and I spent our honeymoon in Europe, and spent the first part in London at the Marriott County Hall and then the last night here. The location (Kensington) was nice enough, but it's a shame that I ended up paying the same for both hotels. The Marriott came close to being a five star, whereas I'd say this one was, with its amenities, more on the level of three-star hotels that I'd stayed in in Europe.

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  • Address: Scarsdale Place, Kensington - London - England - W8 5SR - United Kingdom
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