During the summer holidays the children had a sleepover at their Grandad’s with their cousin, something they love to do and have done a couple of times over the past few year. This was their cousins first sleep over their and they were all so excited.
Paul and I decided to make the most of our child free time and headed into London to become tourists in our own city, while there we stayed at the Mecure London hotel in Kensington. Being in London everything is very accessible by Tube so we weren’t set by being central and having plans set already we knew our timings – we were to visit the Shard and have dinner at The Hard Rock Café – this was something I had purchased for Paul for his birthday back in April but having to arrange childcare meant we had to wait a while to actually book up.
The hotel is located in an area known as “Albertopolis” after its royal patron Prince Albert, dedicated to celebrate the achievement and grandeur of Victorian Britain. Tucked away on a very quiet street the hotel is close to the busy Kensington shops which are only around a 5-10 minute walk away with lots restaurants to suit all tastes. Harrods is only a 30 minute stroll away in pretty much a straight line so strolling to the shops and taking in the sights makes for a very lovely afternoon – this is something we did a few times during the day as although there are 2 tube stations close to the hotel (Earls Court and Gloucester Road), the weather was so nice it mean we were happy to wander hand in hand enjoying our child free time together.
A perfect location if you are heading to the Museums for the day as it is within walking distance of the Victoria & Albert (15 minutes), Natural History Museum (13 minutes) and the Science Museum (18 minutes). The Royal Albert Hall is also only a 20 minute walk away (or 5 minutes in a car).
The hotel itself has a lovely quaint bar area just off of the reception, serving a nice selection of drinks and even Costa coffee. One thing to note is we were given 2 drinks from the bar upon check-in which of course is always welcomed and a very lovely touch – Paul chose a beer while I had a G&T – this is actually classed as 3 drinks – we, of course, didn’t mind paying for 1 of them but found it strange they would class a G&T as 2 separate drinks really.
Our room was on the 3rd floor, with entry via lift or stairs. We were greeted with a lovely wooden door with brass numbers and even a brass knocker which I don’t think I’ve seen in a hotel before but it certainly was a lovely touch. We were given a privilege room and if staying I would highly recommend you book one of these as there isn’t much price difference between the double rooms and this is certainly worth that little extra.
In our room we had: A luxurious king sized bed within an enhanced room which is a little larger and with a little added comfort such as a Nespresso coffee machine, iPod dock, bathrobes & slippers and upgraded bathroom products. There were also complimentary bottles of water and cans of fizz, 2 miniature bottles of wine, Green & Blacks chocolate and a fruit platter. All rooms also have air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV, tea & coffee tray, invigorating bath and shower and safe.
The room was a really good size with a desk area and 2 chairs, mirrored wardrobes and everything you would expect to find in a hotel.
Considering this is a hotel in London it was completely silent at night time, there wasn’t a sound heard from the street from our room. All rooms are sound-proofed to make your stay more enjoyable and the hotel even thought to add a paper and ear-plugs should we need them.
The bath was HUGE, being short I never have an issue with hotel baths however Paul being 5ft 11″ finds he is unable to lay down in them usually without bending up his knees uncomfortably, here he had no problems at all.
Breakfast is served downstairs in a lovely dining room and has everything you could want from cereals, a continental selection and of course a full English breakfast, all a self-serve style with fresh pots of tea and coffee make for you on arrival.
Room service is available should you want it and breakfast was served until 10.30am with an 11am check out time – check in is from 2pm. We would certainly stay here again if we were in London, although the only options for staying as a family is a quad room at this particular hotel.
Disclaimer: We received a nights stay with breakfast in exchange for this review, as always all thoughts and opinions are our own and unbiased.