Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum Hotel

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4 star

Rooms: 907

97 Cromwell Road - London - England - SW7 4DN - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 07031860728
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Average hotel
Submitted by: Gareth in 16/04/09
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: Azerbaijan
  • Traveller type: Cheap Getaway Holiday Maker
Incredibly average, food was sometimes good and sometimes terrible, good room with large fluffy towels and a comfy bed, however the T.V was on the Blink and it took me half an hour to get this sorted. an average stay at best but probably not even that.
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Sliding door
Submitted by: Sandra in 01/04/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Clean & very convenient. Staff weren't particularly helpful. Worst thing-gap between wall & sliding bathroom door! If you positioned the TV. correctly, it should be possible to watch TV. while you are in the bath!! Staff assured me all rooms had this facility!!
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Mouse in the restaurant
Submitted by: Paul in 13/12/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Holiday room was fine but the stay was spoiled when having dinner there was a mouse in the restaurant. This happened on two occasions.
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Highly recommend staying here
Submitted by: Sarah in 27/10/05
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: Australia
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
My boyfriend and I stayed here for a weekend of peace and it was lovely. Rooms were perfect and the buffet breakfast in the morning was great. Highly recommend staying here.
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum Hotel

Almost Perfect!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My stay was for 7 nights starting Feb 10. I arrived at 1030am and my executive level room on the 5th floor was ready (not an impressive view, but I wasn't spending much time in the room). The room was spacious (queen bed, sofa, desk area - I know most European rooms are like closets). I didn't care for the color scheme (yellow) but, I've been in worse. The bathroom was small, but the tub was deep (garden). I was a 90 second walk from Waitrose Supermarket (which I used as I had a fridge) and not quite a 2 min walk from the Gloucester Rd tube (on 3 lines: Circle, District, Piccadilly). I could not have asked for more convenience. I felt very safe. There were pubs, a 24 hr convenience store, Burger King and KFC all within the general area (2min walk). My only complaints are these: no one showed me how to use the lights (you had to leave your room key in the wall), my terry cloth robe was not in the room (the above two were solved by asking the housekeeper in the hall for help), you had to go to the 25th floor for ice (I suggest bringing a ziploc bag as there are no ice holders, only cups) and the last one: my chocolate. With the executive level room, I had free tea, coffee, hot chocolate, water, juice and chocolate. I *assumed* my free chocolate was the little Kit Kat bar they placed on the inside door each day. When it was not there my last day, I called to inquire. Long story short, I was told the huge blue canister was filled with chocolate and THAT thing was my chocolate. If I had known, I most definitely would have had more of the blue canisters during my stay!
;-) For the 67.50Pounds I paid per night, this place can't be beat (my third stay in London). I will definitely stay here again and would highly recommend it to others.

Nice stay in super-city !

from A TripAdvisor Member
We visit the hotel with three. Our oldest child of six years and my wife. This is a great hotel, nice rooms, not too big but this is not a problem. We visit London to see something of London not to sitdown at our room. We also love the service of the staff, not to foreget the kindly people which store our bags.

For a great visit of London you need at least 6 to 7 days ....., we only stay 3

Clean room with a beautiful view!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We were pleased with the Kensington Forum. The location could not be better and best of all it was so clean. The bathroom was immaculate everytime we returned to the hotel and the water pressure in the shower is fabulous. The view from our 19th floor room was wonderful and included Big Ben and the London Eye(although they were quite small).
The only complaint I might have is that the drawers were a bit cramped and made it difficult to unpack.

Always Satisfied with My Stay at London Forum-Holiday Inn

from DennisSmith
Stayed here 26 Dec. 2003-6 Jan. 2004 for 65GBP per night per room, tax included (21-day advace purchase, no cancellation/refund). Great rate for London. Breakfast not included and at 9GBP per person too high for a muffin, juice, & coffee sort of person. I have stayed here 5 times and can't say a bad thing about the hotel. Rooms are compact, clean, recently updated, two twin beds, two chairs, desk area, small fridge, TV, and closet. Only three small drawers for clothes which is not enough when two persons are there for a two-week stay. Bathroom compact but well appointed. We had a smoke-free room on the 11th floor with a great view. Tallest hotel in all of England and largest Holiday Inn in the world.Hotel pub is a nice place to end the evening. Neighborhood is great - nice mix of residential and commercial. Gloucester Road tube station (safe, clean, bright, "platform art") only a block away where you'll also find Hart's 24-hour grocer, Starbucks, KFC, Waitrose, Cullen's, several pubs, and at least 10 restaurants close by - Italian, Tex-Mex, English, Indian, etc. Sightseeing bus stops in Gloucester Road

A good bet in a *difficult* city

from A TripAdvisor Member
After initial angst of getting a room, after a NY-London flight, I settled for a twin and not a double bedded room, 17th floor , small but very comfortable room, windows do open, bathroom new(as are the rooms), nice duvets and everthing worked well, breakfast is a fortune especially with dollar exchange rate (unreal), staff fine and concierge area knowledgeable and openly interested and helpful, the hotel really tries, dont nit pick small things, dont pay more than $120 max and if you want to at least check out other reliable hotels, there are many shockers at all price ranges, do your research !

Great for a weekend in Kensington

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here for a Saturday night after getting an excellent rate on Priceline. It was superbly located a couple of minutes from Gloucester Road tube station and within walking distance of Kensington, the Royal Albert Hall, Regent's Park to name a few places. We were not allowed into the room until 2pm - it seemed to be policy, regardless of whether or not our room was ready as all the other people in the check-in queue got the same message. Everything worked well, was in good condition and the room was quiet in spite of the hotel's busy location. My only criticism is the length of time we had to wait to check-in: one person at the desk had about 6 people waiting for rather too long.

Rooms Very Small

from foxchild3rd
(Dec.-Jan. 04) My husband, daughter and I had booked a room for an eight night stay at the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum. The hotel was lovely, and the staff was very polite. However, the room (which I admit, I was warned about) was extremely small. When we folded the couch out into a bed, it was impossible to move about the room. To use the bathroom, we had to climb over the bed. They admitted to me they've had numerous complaints about the room. The room would have felt small even with only two people.

After the first night, we moved to the Holiday Inn Kensington, across the street. The rooms were every bit as nice, but a lot bigger (2 queen size beds), with plenty of room to move around, including a larger bathroom. The staff was very friendly. I normally prefer Hilton, but this is one Holiday Inn I would stay at again. The location is great!

Good experience - late Dec 2003

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I stayed at the Holiday Inn-Kensington Forum (the high rise) for 6 nights beginning 12/26. Overall, we were quite pleased. After the long overnight trans-Atlantic flight, they let us check in around 9am. The staff was very nice. We didn't use the concierge. The continental breakfast is included, but gets old after a couple days (don't worry - Starbucks is 1 block away). Be sure to grab breakfast at the restaurant on the 2nd floor; the wait staff at the lobby restaurant was awful. Great water pressure in the bathroom, with plenty of hot water. Decent channel selection on the TV. The room was thoroughly cleaned every day. Location is great: The hotel is 1 block from the Gloucester Road tube stop, which can zip you anywhere in London fairly quickly. I agree with a prior review about cigarette smoke in the lobby: It's awful. But get used to it because you'll find more smoke everywhere in London than in the U.S. Don't hesitate to give this place a try.

my disappointing trip to the forum

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was very disappointed with the service from this huge hotel. When I arrived in my room with two small children the previous occupier had left unused medicine in the mini bar, this took until the following evening to get someone to remove this. Also when we booked the hotel we were told we would have a double bed and a single bed but at check in were told we had a fold down bed that when folded down stopped my daughter and myself from using the bathroom, the only way was to climb over the bed. I find this very bad planning from a 4 star hotel.

m loving it!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Holiday Inn for 6 days and loved it! The room was very comfortable although the cupboard space was very limited. The pub in the hotel was convenient and cozy. Service was great and the location of the hotel was very convenient (1 Min walk from the underground station). Be cautious of using the room services like the phone, mini bar and room service as the prices are sky high, but I would definitely stay there again and I would recommend this hotel to anyone!

Top Local Tips for London

Museums The Natural History Museum and the V&A are just up the road from the hotel. For a nice walk, head towards Kensington Park towards the Palace. Then, right before the Palace, cut to your left and you will emerge on a light-colored gravel sidewalk. Turn right. It's a private road with nothing but embassies. It's a lovely walk up to Notting Hill Gate, around 30 minutes in total.

Arriving / Departing Heathrow Forget the overpriced taxis. If you have manageable luggage, catch the tube from the airport on the Piccadilly line. Don't take the train that costa 18.50 (pounds) the tube costs about 4 pounds.

oyster pass get the oyster pass at heathrow and use it for the picadilly basic service to hote;/town. this is the least expensive mode. the oyster pass is now guareenteed less expensive per day than the multi-day travel passes, and works with rail and bus. you must pay a depsit however the day you get the pass and return to a booth at heatrow to get the deposit [and any surplus on the card] back. there is a special morning rush charge monday-friday but none in the afternoon/evening. the tube is immaculate compared to most american transit and well marked on the cars. the jubilee line in particular has awesome new architectural [and deep ] stations, especially canary wharf and embankment.


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  • Address: 97 Cromwell Road - London - England - SW7 4DN - United Kingdom
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