BEST WESTERN Seraphine Kensington Olympia Hotel,  Londres

3.5/5  - based on 363 guest reviews.
225 Kensington High Street, W8 6SA, London, Great Britain - See map
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    Wireless internet connection in public areas
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The BEST WESTERN Seraphine Kensington Olympia Hotel is ideally located on Kensington High Street. a short walk from the High Street Kensington Tube Station, this modern hotel overlooks Holland Park and is the perfect choice for leisure and business breaks with plenty to do in the surrounding area and beyond. All rooms are individually designed and have feature walls containing images of local monuments and attractions. Enjoy your stay.

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  • 4
    « Positives outweigh negatives - would stay again! »

    We were originally meant to stay at Seraphine Kensington Gardens down the road from this (closer to the Royal Albert Hall where the event we were attending was being hosted). However, on arrival there we were told we'd need to move to the sister hotel (this Olympia one) because our room wasn't available. We were told a person had been hospitalised during their stay and their belongings were still in the room we were supposed to be having, which staff couldn't legally touch. After an awful journey down to London, this wasn't the best news - especially as it was pouring with rain and the sister hotel was a fair way down the road. However, it couldn't have been predicted. I asked for an upgrade for the inconvenience and was told we could either have that or a taxi down to the next hotel - I chose the upgrade and they said we'd be given a junior suite. On arrival at the Olympia hotel, we were soaking wet and a bit miserable. The man on reception (could've been the manager I think) was very friendly and helpful, offering us a complimentary wine/beer for our troubles. I really appreciated that. He was kind. Check in was quick and smooth and we got to our room quickly. I expected the junior suite to be quite spacious, but it was tiny. The bed wasn't a full sized double and the only addition to the room was a small arm chair in the corner. I was a tad disappointed. However, it was spotlessly clean, decorated to a very high standard and had a nice atmosphere. The bathroom was very narrow, but had a lovely big shower with a rainfall head. I love those!! I quickly realised that I was perhaps being a bit unfair by stropping about the tiny double bed. It's just that my husband it 6"4 and twice the size of me, so it was a bit of a squeeze. Nonetheless, it was comfy and we both slept really well. Breakfast is served in the small reception area, where they have about 10 or so tables. Luckily we got the last free one, but it was crowded/intimate. The continental breakfast was great; toast, cereals, yummy yoghurts, croissants, muffins, fruit, juices and hot drinks. When we checked out, staff let us leave our bags in a secure room near reception whilst we explored London for the day. I would definitely stay here again. One thing that could improve slightly is the cleanliness of the hallways and stairways - just in need of a thorough vacuum! Location is spot on - right on Kensington High Street and next door to Nando's where we had a quick bite to eat. Hotel is good value for money overall.

    4
    « Nice stay end October »

    Seraphine Kensingnton Olympia is a small hotel. Nice rooms and bathrooms. Good location. Breakfast is OK, We were feeling like home. A special thanks to Aranit who welcomed us warmly with our kids. Our son Adam did not want to leave the hotel. We will come back to the Seraphine Kensignton Olympia soon. Thank you. Nathalie

    5
    « Perfect location for a few days in London »

    I recently spent 2 nights staying at this lovely hotel. Ideal location, a few minutes stroll from High Street Kensington tube station. A very pleasant area of London. Friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. Very clean and comfortable room, tea making facilities, clean towels each day and plenty of toiletries. Perfectly adequate continental breakfast. We were able to store our luggage safely in a locked room on our final day and on our return it was carried downstairs for us by the reception staff. We were very impressed with the whole experience and would definitely visit again and strongly recommend.

    1
    « Not great »

    Booked in here for 2 nights as billed as 4 star, but very disappointed with probably the tiniest room we've ever stayed in. Ridiculously hot too as air conditioning not working. Decided it wasn't for us so moved to another nearby 4 star hotel which was much more like what you would expect a 4 star hotel to be.

    4
    « Nice Little Jewel »

    On a recent trip to London my family and I stayed at the Olympia Seraphine. Great little jewel. Clean rooms, friendly and courteous staff. Centrally located near metro. Will definitely use The Seraphine again next time in London.

    5
    « Excellent choice! »

    We arrived at the hotel a little early and expected to leave our luggage and come back later for the key but the lady on reception told us that if we waited 20 minutes we could check in and this suited us a lot better. 30 minutes later,we were checked in and on our way to start our 3 day break. The room was comfortably furnished and very clean. Clean towels were provided throughout the stay. The bathroom was cleaned and the tea tray replenished. The buffet breakfast was more than adequate. The staff were very helpful and polite. On the final day our train wasn't until 5 so after check out ,our luggage was left in a locked room until we needed it and both suitcases were carried down the stairs by a member of staff. We could not fault this hotel and could think of nothing that needed improvement. It is also very close to Kensington High Street tube station. All in all an excellent choice!

    4
    « Small room but big bathroom »

    Overall, we were happy with this place. The room is very small but on the plus side the bathroom is huge, bright and clean with a very powerful shower head. The hotel and the room don't look fancy at all but the location is really good. Like a lot of other hotels, it is very easy to hear the noise from the street or the hallway.

    5
    « Excellent »

    I stayed 3 nights. The single room I stayed in was very small but I lived in Japan for 15 years, and I'm not tall so this didn't bother me. The decor is good and the rooms and bathroom clean. The location is also close to everything and even with a suitcase is no bother to walk to the hotel from High Street Kensington subway station. I stayed on the third floor and there was a bit of noticeable street noise that would be less noticeable on higher floors. Best of all the housekeeping and front desk staff were impeccable. Whatever you need and for whatever problem you may face, they came through in fine form. Well done. I'd stay here again but would prefer a double bed or standard twin for more than 2 nights.

    4
    « Small busy Cosy »

    Had a great one night stay on a short business trip. Room is small, but comfortable... Slept well. Breakfast is basic but filling. Great location for walking and exploring. Would not hesitate to go again.

    3
    « Convenient location but super small and odd »

    I stayed at the Seraphine Kensington hotel back in June, visiting London for business. "Small" is the word that describes everything about this hotel... The cab driver had a hard time finding the place due to the tiny Best Western sign hardly noticeable from the street. The layout of the hotel interior is super odd - stairs going up then down to get to the so-called Reception desk (also by the way the area for breakfast). Curves and corners and stairs and doors left, right and center. Confusing and strange. An elevator that clearly was not meant to be in this building and takes forever to bring you 2 floors up. And you have to hold the "Up" button the whole time. I honestly wondered what would happen if I had accidentally let the button.. My room was the tiniest space imaginable. I could literally open the window with one hand and the door with the other, while sitting on the bed. The room was otherwise clean and cozy but super claustrophobic. Same goes for the bathroom, where the sink was the size of my palm... Breakfast is super basic, normal for this brand, but altogether sufficient if you don't expect a morning feast. On both of the days during my stay the fire alarm in the entire hotel went off and apparently this was not a drill but simply some bug in their system. Totally annoying... The good thing about the hotel is its location, close to the the metro and the heart of London, but I would not stay there again.

  • 5
    « What a little gem »

    Wonderful find. Only needed a cheap n cheerful in Kensington. However this was more than just a bed. Beautiful air-conditioned room (not massive but size irrelevant to me) and the best shower I've had in a hotel in a long time. Fab staff, good breakfast, great location.

    2
    « Strong damp smell and mysterious stains »

    I stayed at this hotel for one night and that was enough. Upon arrival the hotel seemed perfect it was small and in the right location however, staff were not overly welcoming and seemed to just be rushing to check us in even though we were the only ones there. The lift was explained to us in the most complicated way but we managed to get to our rooms. When I first walked into my room the pungent smell of damp was prominent and was so throughout the whole night it was uncomfortable and made me feel queasy! It was prominent throughout the whole room and I had to open a window to try to get some fresh air in, it was so strong I didn't feel comfortable leaving my clothes in the room in case they were smelling of damp the next morning. The following day is when I noticed the stains in certain parts of the carpet, they were quite large and clearly nothing had been done to even remotely try to remove them it made the whole room feel unclean. The hairdryer also failed to work after many attempts and so I had to go to my colleagues room to use her hair dryer! Overall not impressed with this supposedly 4 star hotel a lot of changes need to happen before I would consider staying again.

    1
    « shabby , shabbier , the shabbiest »

    Poor quality rooms, terrible bathroom all rusty , shower sprinkling the whole bathroom, sheets too small for bed , no wifi even afterasing 10 times ...endless list of no go. We arrived for the graduation of our daughter who lives near by, Already the room was very small , couldnt even walk around the bed yet put a suitcase somewhere, and the hanger was so low all the dresses were basically cleaning the floor, the bathroom which was for disabled guests( well at least they have one , although we did not ask for one and the bathroom was in a poor state, rusty showers, no toilet cover , rusty handles, shower going everywhere exept where it should go.. Staff was friendly but useless, tried to get wifi for 3 days,...simply impossible, breakfast , not even worth looking at and the noise outside ..unbearable!!!

    4
    « Small but comfortable »

    2nd visit to this hotel. Rooms are small however they are clean and comfortable, WiFi and a basic breakfast is included, the staff were friendly and welcoming. Kensington high Street tube is 5 minutes walk away. We will return.

    4
    « Nice standard if small!! »

    I booked this room for an overnight stay in London as it was convenient for where I was visiting. My single room as small, but well presented and contained toiletries and a decent shower... A must have! It was just a room to sleep in and worked well and the breakfast was a bonus too!

    5
    « Great staff and good location. A must-repeat. »

    The hotel was clean. The rooms were relatively small (as expected of a hotel in this area of London) but well-equipped. There are elevators to help people with disabilities or large luggage.There were a couple of minor issues with a lock and a light bulb, but they were quickly solved. We stayed as a group of 17 on a field trip from abroad, and despite the challenges this involves, the staff was amazing in making sure everything was good for us. They were simply wonderful, extremely nice and helpful. Breakfast was nice and varied.

    2
    « Disappointing end to a day out in London! »

    We had booked the Kensington Olympia based on reviews online - £130 for a standard double. It was an important and busy Graduation day and we were looking forward to getting to our hotel to unwind. However, when we arrived we were greeted by a less than friendly receptionist saying "are you sure you have the right hotel?!". Of course we did!! He denied all knowledge of our booking and tried to claim that we had not made a reservation. I showed him the multiple emails and booking reference numbers from the company. After 10 minutes he finally acknowledged that we had made a reservation but the hotel had not entered it onto their booking system from the 3rd party company we had used. He then proceeded to tell us the hotel was full and there was no room for us. Obviously at 11pm at night at the end of a special day this is not acceptable. More time passed whilst he contacted his manager who told him to give us one room they had left which had been set aside for a transfer from another hotel. He advised us that we could have this room and proceeded to tell us how lucky we were and he had given us a luxury junior suit. Ok- we thought- this makes up for it....until we got to the room! It was tiny- a small double bed and definitely not a suit. There were scaffolding and building works outside and the room smelt of bad damp. As if this wasn't bad enough, insultingly the cost of this room on the bill we received was £110 per night- £20 less than I had paid for a standard double. In the morning we were looking forward to a good breakfast but sadly were greeted by stale croissants and bread, limited choice. We would never stay here again based on our experience on this occasion!

    4
    « Olimpia Hotel »

    Good hotel and great location just needs some scrambled egg's and a good breakfast, the rest was all great. We stayed an extra night because of the central location close to the metro and underground . The reception staff was very helpful. It was a good and pleasant stay

    1
    « OverBooked »

    To explain in more detail, a twin room was booked for myself and a friend but upon arrival we were told that the Kensington location did not contain ANY twin rob oms. The "Sister" hotel was suggested in Hammersmith, which had a double room with an extra sofa bed. Reluctantly the latter choice was accepted, as cancellation was not an option due to the room being paid for in advance. The Kensington location was specifically chosen because it is within walking distance of Hyde Park, where we would be attending a festival. The hotel in Hammersmith was definitely NOT within walking distance of Hyde Park and involved a ridiculously long queue for the tube followed by rather long tube ride at the end of the night. The room as not ready on arrival and when at the end of the night we were eventually given the key, we found that the sofa bed was not only a single but also squeaked upon every turn, not at all comfortable for an adult to sleep in. Here's the moral, check your booking before the cancellation notice is up and definitely before you travel, especially if you think your staying in a twin room at the Best Western, Kensington.

    5
    « Wonderful Staff, Charming, Well-Located Hotel »

    We visited London in May, and stayed at Best Western Seraphine Kensington Olympia Hotel. Despite Best Western is a chain, it had the feel of a small European hotel, and we loved it. The decor isn't upscale but it's clean, funkily decorated, and we enjoyed coming down to a free (and very nice) Continental breakfast every day and watching the UK morning news with the other guests. People are friendly but if you're not feeling social you do feel you have a lot of privacy. We loved the staff - the maids, the concierge and desk staff - all friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable about the city. We miss them! If you're looking for an inexpensive hotel with some charm, a nice shower, and great company - go here! One thing: the rooms are tiny, so if you're very large or very tall, I only recommend this room if you're traveling alone. But - I think most everyon would be more than satisfied staying here! We loved it.

  • 1
    « Horrendous »

    Horrible hotel, reception staff barely looked at us when we checked in! There no smiley faces. It's meant to be 4 star. I'd be hard pushed to give it a 3 star. I paid extra for an executive double room for a bit more space and a double bed but still got two beds pushed together! We also had a disabled bathroom and it's good they have them but me and my partner are not disabled and would've preferred a normal bathroom. The continental breakfast was horrendous! Also they had let their alcohol license run out so couldn't even buy a beer in the hotel!!! All in all a very poorly run hotel. I'd give it a miss. They are much better hotels for the same money!!!

    3
    « Great service from Armit »

    Very small rooms, however the guest relations man Armit was absolutely fantastic! So helpful made our stay a delight what a gem for the hotel keep up the fantastic work There are two hotels with the same name on the same street which was confusing therefore I hope this is the correct one

    2
    « Cramped »

    Not good value for money. Double room had quite a small bed even for just myself. Room was cramped,not enough space for the suitcase. Nice size TV but too close to the bed for the size as the room was so small. Breakfast are was similarly cramped.

    3
    « Grubby Litte Hotel - cant believe the favourbale reviews »

    Location is excellent - Kensington High Street - great for shopping - close to the Albert Hall and Hyde Park. Very small room and you either have to suffer the heat or the noise of the aircon all night. The place needs a good clean - hair in the shower etc. Staff are OK. The place is a bit of a death trap if there's a fire. I couldn't see a way out. Fire doors are propped open with bits of card. Narrow staircases. The lift is hopeless. I don't know how it managed to get a fire certificate. The breakfast area is cramped at reception and the breakfast is modest. It wasn't expensive but I wouldn't stay there again. Had the reviews been more accurate, I wouldn't have booked

    4
    « Not perfect but quirky for a chain »

    This hotel is in a brilliant location - just off the High Street in Kensington. It's actually not that easy to find in the dark - it's above Nandos (but you wouldn't know it once you're inside). The rooms really are teeny but pretty well equipped with nice toiletries, hairdryer, biscuits, and even a speaker for a smartphone - so much more than you might get in budget hotels for a similar price. The desk is a little on the small side if you have a larger laptop or lots of paperwork, but it was fine for getting a couple of hours of work done. The staff seemed very pleasant, the bed was comfy enough and - most importantly for me - the room was really quiet even with the busy road outside. There are a lot of stairs. I would actually have given this hotel a 3.5 if I could, but I bumped it up to a 4 on the basis that there is an amazingly tasty Indian restaurant around the corner called Raj of Kensington - it's literally a 2-minute walk.

    4
    « Visiting daughter and friend in London »

    I was in Europe and decided to extend my stay to help my 19 year old daughter to settle into a summer exchange program. The hotel is convenient to tube. Quaint old building. It is not fancy but clean, friendly staff and very reasonably priced. I loved opening my window onto Kendington High Street.

    4
    « Such fantastic staff and a great hotel - and so clean! Highly recommended. »

    My husband and I were travelling to London for a month in Jan and were unsure of where to stay as Hotels in London are a bit hit and miss. This one looked nice on the Internet but you can never tell so we booked it for only two nights, just in case . However, We need not have worried, this hotel not only lived up to our high standards it exceeded them and we ended up staying there the whole month! Yes the rooms are very small but I'd rather have a well priced hotel with fantastic staff, in a great location with good heating and air con and everything spotlessly clean, than a larger room. After all how much time do you spend in the room when you're in London? And so handy to the tube buses cafes Hyde Park shopping etc etc. And by the way your big suitcase will fit under your bed freeing up valuable space. The bathrooms are small but modern and scrupulously clean. The breakfast was free which was a lovely surprise and we enjoyed it. I've just stayed for a second time (9 days) by myself this time and the staff treated me like an old friend and couldn't do enough for me. Whenever I had a small problem it has been taken care of in a heartbeat with a smile and an apology, nothing is too much trouble for this team. I've stayed in their doubles and two of the single rooms and haven't had a bad room yet, although I understand some of the singles are smaller than the one I had. Ask for one overlooking High Street, it's not noisy unless you open window but with air conditioning you don't need to. One tip for those coming for the first time, there is a lift in the side street for your bags we missed the sign and carried them upstairs which was a struggle. There is another lift which goes from the first floor reception to level two and three so for those who don't want the stairs it's not a problem. Ps The Internet is free with vouchure to access and an unlimited number of vouchers each lasting 24 hours also free, although I must say it would disconnect occasionally, meaning I had to reconnect a few times. Would stay again and highly recommend It.

    3
    « For a conference in London »

    For a 2-day conference I stayed in this hotel. I arrived late in the evening at the hotel, and find the hotel because of the illuminated hotel shield above the door. Since the hotel entrance is just a door of 1 meter it's easily to be overseen. The hotel is a Best Western and 200 meter away from a tube station so that's good. The entrance echoed the hotel. Everything is small. The hotel room I had was a small single room and relative new renovated. The room had a flat screen TV but I do not found the remote control, which wasn't a problem since I was more or less on the road the whole day. The breakfast and reception was one area and also small. Surprisingly enough the bath was in relation to the room big. The strange think was the WLAN internet access they provide, it was just a 24h free pass and not for the whole stay. The breakfast itself was good and even so the severed continental breakfast it was ok. So in total I think the hotel was good, I could imagine of coming back, but that's does not mean that I recommend this Best Western. For the two days it was for me ok.

    4
    « Great location tiny rooms »

    Fantastic location, nice breakfast, have stayed there many times, beginning to look tired, the rooms are small, very small, the smallest double bed I have every eccountered in a hotel, so short stay only. Very helpful staff.

    5
    « Opinion reversal »

    After arriving at the hotel, following a hot and sticky journey from Leeds due to the glorious weather, we checked in and asked for a cool drink to revive us...this was supposed to be an alcoholic beverage. Unfortunately due to something to do with awaiting planning approval for an extension, they're alcohol license wasn't active and so therefore couldn't serve us that cold beer we so desperately craved...nor any cold soft drinks as they hadn't thought people would want soft drinks if there was no alcohol and usually, they only kept mixers in stock. They had some in stock but the fridges weren't turned on and the ice machine wasn't working...all very odd for a 4* hotel...nevertheless, we got over this and have to say the hotel manager was more than apologetic and tried his best to make up for this. Rooms were lovely and very clean and quiet given the hotel was placed on a very busy high street. We'd come to London for the queens 90th birthday celebrations and so got back to the hotel at around 1.30 in the morning. I've just recently had back surgery and given the double beds are very small thought I'd give my husband a break and see if I could get another room so he could sleep without me tossing and turning following lots of walking during the day which was now taking it's toll.....upon asking at reception I was told a single room would be £120. As we'd paid £178 for 2 x double rooms (albeit s flash sale on booking.com), I thought this was unreasonable as it was by now almost 2am and my logical point was that surely they rather make £70 than nothing given the time, where nobody would be ordering a room at 2am..... A quick call to the on call manager by the night porter unbelievably saw him offer me a room completely free of charge...I was gobsmacked as had expected to pay something at least....anyway to the point of my review title, what started as a lack lustre 4* hotel due to the lack of any refreshments of nite turned into the most kindest of gestures I've ever received from any hotel I've stayed at (and I travel a lot!)... This made up for everything else and so thank you for making our stay as comfortable as you could...will definitely return as I know the lack of booze is only very temporary!!!!

  • 4
    « Good hotel in prime location »

    Stayed here for one night bed & breakfast, the rooms are definitely compact ok if your only going to stay a night or two, the decor is modern and the whole place is very clean. The breakfast is continental and there is plenty of choice. Staff on reception are very helpful and friendly. The hotel is perfectly situated for shopping and also within easy walking distance to the free museums and parks including Kensington and Hyde Park. We would definitely recommend this hotel and will be staying again in the future.

    4
    « Good value for money, sometimes »

    Great value for money at the rate I booked for the location however when I've tried to book for other dates the rates have gone up significantly to a level which doesn't fit the bill. Be warned you are in prime central London so rooms are small and some facilities like the wash basin are tiny so not suitable for those with a larger frame. You are however on High St Kensington and in walking distance to Hyde Park, Kensington Palace Gardens etc

    3
    « Good price/quality ratio: deserves 4 stars when wifi is improved »

    See title. Considering that you're in London at an excellent location, the price quality ratio of this hotel is excellent. Rooms are simple, but clean and good. Breakfast is basic and good. Very friendly and helpful staff too! And in-line with a previous reviewer: this is the first time I stay in a place in London that I would consider returning to the next time. I would easily rate it 4 stars if the wifi-quality improves. I don't mind logging in with a unique code every day, but the throughput was often so cluttered that almost nothing got through for minutes and all applications timed-out and lost connection with their servers (and I certainly did not do any heavy lifting).

    4
    « Business trip, one night »

    Very welcoming and helpful at reception, clean room and bathroom, if not a bit small (typical for London though). Price good and location good if you don't mind the High Street.. Will go back, which is more than I can say for other London hotels.

    4
    « Great location and reasonably priced »

    5 mins walk from the tube station, good location 20 mins walk from Harrods next to Hyde park Rooms large and surprisingly quiet! Great rain forest style shower and wet room Simple breakfast but enough Good for price

    3
    « The hotel is in a good location, but very small and tight spaces. »

    The sleeping rooms are quite small. The bathroom is a totally wet space with a tiny sink and ledge above. Difficult to navigate without getting clothes wet. The shower only has a curtain (?) which results in water flowing into the bedroom and the carpet. This appears to happen consistently as the room was very damp and moldy. Breakfast was reasonably good. Staff OK. If you are sensitive to mold, are tall or big - choose another facility. I find Best Western facilities VERY inconsistent.

    2
    « Not a 4 star »

    Not a 4 star at best 3 star. Room was very small hotel and is above shop units. Would not recommend for the price. Could hear couple in another room as wall was v thin. I would go some where else. Breakfast was ok with limited continental breakfast.

    3
    « BEST WESTERN Seraphine Kensington Olympia Hotel experience!!! »

    Very nice service and in a really nice location. The rooms are really small.. Recommended to those that they do not have big luggage because there is not enough space in the room. At the Breakfast there is no variety.

    5
    « Could not fault this place in excellent location »

    Was dubious about booking this hotel after seeing the reviews but my wife and I stayed here and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We were welcomed at reception after finding it easy to find the place. It is a 6/7 minute walk from High Street Kensington Tube station but make sure you turn left when you leave the station. The entrance is between Nandos and Rymans shops on Kensington High Street and has a carpeted stairway entry. We were allocated a really nice decent sized room facing the high street which had everything you could wish for. A decent TV, wonderful shower, very nice room decor, ample supply for tea/coffee making facility and good wi fi. The buffet breakfast consisted of all you could wish except a full English, nevertheless we left very full and ready for the delights of the area. On departure we were allowed to leave our luggage for a couple of hours with no qualms and have to stay all the staff were very obliging. All in all this was a lovely stay.

    4
    « Vacation in London with compfortable hotel »

    This hotel was anonymous from the outside and had a lot of stairs. Very British. Good area. Room was a bit on the small side but worked fine. It had all comforts you need and was fresh and clean. Our room was facing High Street Kensington, but I did not think it was noisy at all. Bed was also a bit small (140 cm) and not so comfortable. Hotel was close to tube station, maybe 200 meters walk. Breakfast was not so much fun I think, it was no warm cooking. Small selection of bread. But still they had fresh fruits and yogurts asf. Hotel met expectations, although maybe not breakfast.

  • 5
    « Fantastic location, clean, friendly staff »

    We checked in on a Saturday afternoon and were greeted by Aranait who was extremely helpful and gave us an upgraded twin room and a deluxe double room. The rooms were modern and clean. The location is brilliant for many attractions in London and easily accessible on the Tube. The hotel breakfast was pleasant but busy, so if you want a table at a certain time then go down early. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay, thank you!

    5
    « Very happy with my short stay »

    I had a room booked with the Hotel Seraphine in February of this year after a long awaited weekend trip for a close by convention at the Olympia. I was extremely happy with the room I was given. It was perfect for my needs, it was comfortable and amazingly clean (which is always a major thing for me). I loved the bathroom and the shower was wonderful. The staff my friend and I met, were very friendly, welcoming and helpful. Considering the hotel is right on the High Street, I was quite surprised at how the street sounds were not a problem. The only down side for me was the internet connection. It didn't seem to work but I was there for only 1 night so it wasn't a big problem. I was also disappointed we were there for only one night as I would've happily stayed longer! I'm hoping to attend the same convention next February, and will most certainly book a room at the Seraphine again. Well done!

    4
    « Lovely, Clean - Thoroughly Enjoyed my Stay »

    I absolutely loved my stay here. Upon arrival I was greeted by staff who helped me take my huge suitcase up the stairs because the lift wasn't working. The man at the desk was very friendly and interested in my stay in London. They also upgraded from a single to a double room because they thought I'd enjoy the bigger space. And boy am I glad they did because my room was lovely and just the right size. Rooms were clean and tidy. The décor is quite nice as well and made me feel like I was in a swanky hotel. The bathroom was very small but perfectly usable. The shower pressure was terrible and the water was lukewarm the entire time but I forgot to mention it to the staff so hopefully it will be fixed. I had a nice view onto Kensington High Street as well. Breakfast was basic but adequate with cereals, toast, fruit etc. It is a bit awkward having breakfast in the reception area but it didn't bother me too much. Also they provided bottled water in the rooms which I thought was a nice touch (along with the usual tea and coffee). On my trip I didn't stay in any other hotels that provided water which made it a nice touch. About a five minute walk to Kensington High Street Station, which was very convenient. Lots of shops and places to eat as well which was fantastic. I highly recommend this hotel. Also don't be stupid and accidentally go to wrong hotel like me. There are two Best Western Seraphine Kensingtons on the same street, only this has Olympia on the end of it! Thanks to the lovely guy the wrong hotel who kindly directed me to the right one!

    4
    « very relaxed and friendly »

    I found the hotel was ideally located for transport and local eateries, the staff from arriving to leaving were excellent, the room although slightly small was clean and comfortable and had all facilities for our stay.

    4
    « Great location »

    We have stayed here once before. The advantage of this hotel is that it is in a good location, allowing walks up to Hyde Park and into the surrounding areas. It is also close to the tube at High Street Kensington, and a number of buses from Trafalgar Sq pass close The breakfast is simple, without being exceptional. The staff are pleasant and always available. The downside on this occasion was the room was tiny. We typically use a hotel mostly for sleep as we are out all day, so we don't need a lot of space. However, the bathroom was extremely space, with one's knees touching the door when sitting on the toilet, but the toilet door would not even open fully without touching the bed. In total, there was not much more than 40am each side of the bed. It did not spoil our trip, and last time the room was bigger. However, if the room size is more important than the location, then ask before you book.

    5
    « Excellent staff »

    Hotel receptionist Arinat was great always smiling so helpful. Breakfast was brilliant fab location. Rooms were spotless. Euston station 15 min away only 18pnd in a taxi. Arinat is one of the nicest people we have ever met!

    4
    « Great place in Kensignton »

    The room was clean and the service very friendly. Could have a faster internet, but it was very nice overall. The hotel is close to High Street Kensington tube station and surrounded by nice places to eat and shop. Planning to go back there in June.

    3
    « Well located »

    The hotel is located on main shopping street ,everything is close by , direct bus to King's Cross or Oxford street. The room is small , the bathroom extra small but all clean.Breakfast is minimal. The lift is painfull , had to take the stairs and carry my suitcase 2 floors up. Overall its ok but as a single traveller only

    5
    « Excellent Hotel »

    We stayed in this hotel in February 2016 and it is great ! Our room was very clean and serviced every day. It was just big enough but given the cost of rent in central London I was grateful that we did not have to pay for unused floor area. The shower was hot and powerful with plenty of toiletries. The breakfast room was small but big enough. The continental breakfast was a buffet with cereals, cold meats, cheese, toast and croissants, etc. Good coffee and tea with cold drinks on tap. It kept us full until lunchtime. The hotel's location is excellent, a few minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground with bus stops outside the hotel. We are looking forward to staying here again, from the conversations in the hotel it is clear that many clients stay here often.

    3
    « Rooms too small »

    OK breakfast although a bit limited. Rooms nicely decorated and clean. Amazing shower. But generally the room and bathroom were far too small. I literally had to climb over the bed to get to the other side of the room. Nowhere to put suitcases. And the bathroom was miniscule. All in all ok if you're a single traveler overnighting but not if you are a couple and staying more than a night or two.

  • 4
    « Very good experience »

    The hotel is on a very good location with easy access to bus and tube. The rooms are decent size (for London standards) with a big size flatscreen tv. The bathroom is small but very functional and modern with a large shower for two people. Breakfast is average for continental. The staff is very helpful. They even provided us with a uk adapter and printed out some pages we needed. Very good value for money. Would stay there again.

    4
    « Good Hotel »

    Me and my hubby went to London and spent four nights at this very nice hotel. It is right next to Kensington Palace and Gardens and the area is very nice to walk around with lots of shops and restaurants nearby. The nice thing is that each day you receive two complementary bottles of water, coffee, tea and a biscuit so that was very nice of the staff. I also really enjoyed the breakfast - delicious chocolate muffins, jam, cheese, juice, fruit, etc. but my husband thought that they could serve not only bread toast but also some fresh bread - but for me it was all real good. Just the fact that both internet and breakfast was for free was a huge plus as many hotels in London charge both for the breakfast and wi-fi. Very nice stay, nothing fancy but everything nice and clean and we were very satisfied.

    1
    « Personally not recommendable »

    I booked this Hotel based on old ratings that described it as a very smart and a good way for staying overnight in London especially for Single Traveller's / younger People. Starting off with the positive points of the Hotel: The Hotel itself is relatively central due to being near the Kensington High Street Railway, as well as easily reachable by a number of busses. Breakfast was included automatically in my price. It is also surrounded by many shops and restaurants on Kensington High Street. It had a Waterfall Shower Function installed. Also the available body/hair wash smelled interesting, together with the available soap. Now to the more negative Aspects. On my Arrival, I ran straight past the Hotel since the Entrance is slightly "hidden" behind the corner of a shop. It said on the front door that it had "Lifts available in the back, please ring to receive help from the Staff". Since there was no direct description of what/where "in the back" meant, I rang to ask. I rang around 4 times in a total of 10 minutes without avail, until I decided to carry my luggage up the stairs myself. The reception is also around the corner, where the "dining room" can be found. Which makes the setup feel "unsafe" since there is nobody who checks or sees people coming/going and there is a direct access to the rooms. I strongly discourage single Woman to book this hotel on their own, based on this alone. During Check-In I was asked to pay the full amount up front. When asking for the reasoning of this, I received the answer: "Because otherwise you spend all your money in the city and won't be able to pay for the Hotel. This has happened." Having worked in Customer Service before, the wording and way of tone was absolutely non acceptable. This gave me a feeling that the staff was not professional or lacked training in regards to Customer/Guest Interaction. However, I waved this off since everybody can have a bad day. My card had been declined and after a few calls I informed the reception that I will be able to pay it the next day. I was instructed to pay the first night in that case, which was 100£ on hand. I received my keycard with the remark "Hopefully you will be able to resolve this tomorrow." Now just to make a point, this entire stay was pre-booked, Non-refundable and connected to my Credit card. In no scenario would this become a "non-resolveable" issue. The flat out disrespect and accusations I encountered during the conversations, was beyond unprofessional. The entire price was payed on the 2nd day of stay. I was escorted to my room, which was around the corner of the stairs. The room was very small, "compact" how it had been described in previous Ratings. Not to my personal liking, but I had been aware of this before. Larger people may not have enough space to squeeze in between the bed and the TV to reach the Closet & Desk. The bathroom itself is very small too, there is the basic necessary utilities and a Shower that has place for 2 people. The available and free WLAN is an insecure connection. This. Is. Not. Acceptable. In. 2015. And I will admit, this was my personal turning point when my perception of "Maybe they or I am just having a bad day" turned into "This Hotel is giving me a sketchy vibe." I've never had any amount of experience in Hotels that led me to that conclusion up until that point. That feeling persisted and I called up some friends and slept over at their place on a matress, feeling exceptionally safer. I did not spend one single night in that hotel, just accessed it during day. When arriving on the 2nd day my room was wide open, being cleaned I walked in and took out a suitcase while the cleaning lady continued. I was not asked for identification or anything. Anybody could have walked into my room and taken out whatever they desired. Without one word of questioning. Sorry, but there is just so much wrong with that. When informing the staff that I hadn't spent a single night in the room I explained that this was due to me not feeling safe, which gained a surprised look but no questioning. After this very lengthy and detailed Rating of my personal experience, I would summarize that this hotel is not up to modern standards, unbelievably overpriced for what you receive (even for London standards) and not professional. An expensive first timer in "bad hotel experiences" for me. I hope this is helpful in some amount. While I do want to emphasize that my experience may be an exception from the rule. However personally, I do not recommend this hotel in any way.

    5
    « super friendly, super price »

    It isnt luxury but its great value, clean and friendly and in a great location, will definitely return next time we are in the area and have already recommended to family who live nearby that this is cracking overflow alternative for visitors.

    3
    « citytrip London »

    nice hotel in the neighberhood of Hydepark perfectly for a two night stay to visit London. tube and busses just a short walk. Price quality just good do not expect large rooms or even a big room for breakfast. Just right nothing special.

    4
    « Good small hotel in Kensington »

    I have stayed at this hotel twice before my recent visit. I would recommend this for the budget traveler. The rooms are small, but not for London's standards. The breakfast is a nice bonus that you do not get at most hotels.

    4
    « Great location »

    Nice clean hotel small room but everything you need.the continental breakfast sets u up for the day. The location of the hotel is great right on Kensington high street walking distance to restaurants,bars coffee shops and all kinds of retail shops. It is two minutes from the tube station giving access to the whole of London.anybody going for a few days would find this hotel ideal. Barry.

    4
    « Pleasant small hotel, good location »

    This very small hotel is above the shops on Kensington High Street. The small space means that it lacks the comforts of a larger hotel: the rooms are small, there is very little lounge space for breakfast or drinks. However it is very comfortably furnished, clean, and the staff were very friendly. The location is very good, too. Kensignton High Street has many upmarket restaurants and coffee shops, and expensive boutique shops. It lacks low-cost food options. I received free wi-fi as part of my stay. I would stay here again.

    1
    « A Travesty of a hotel: rude rude rude »

    First impressions are everything, and this place aces the "lets make sure the guest is suitably ticked off from the first impression" approach to customer service. Booked the room on points and that immediately put me just between leper and "recovering Isis militant" in terms of the desk staff view ( Hello: you already GOT paid by the points distributer. I'm still a paying customer!) I'm then ignored for 10 minutes as 4 other people are checked in ( it's ok, I am in fact a ghost) and THEN the desk staff presents me with an invoice for 75 pounds, which is, ironically enough, the quoted rate my points booking supposedly covers!! Right. So now we are at a 150 pound Best Western room? No I don't think so, skippy. That cluster sorted, we find wifi isn't included- just that alone loses 1 star in 2015 - and the room - yeah - I'm being punished : grotty, tv doesn't work, noisy ( site says double panes windows - err, nope not unless previous guests removed a layer or glass. ) Overall, a fairly resounding and convincing argument for avoiding Best Western properties in the future - all because you don't get a 2nd chance to make a good 1st impression.

    4
    « Lovely hotel in a good location »

    Not the best access from the high street. The rooms are well enough looked after, everything was fine. The breakfast was a bit cramped in the morning as it's situated next to the reception but was more than adequate for our needs. Had an issue with payment of my stay but I couldn't fault the hotel for this error, all has been sorted now.

  • 4
    « perfect for a city break »

    excellent location for the Royal Albert hall 3 -4 stops on the number 9. good value for money. only down side we had a room that had an extract fan which was quite noisy as the room was hot and we had the window open. 3 adults in the room and a proper bed with adequate space for all. free safe a bonus adequate breakfast.

    5
    « Amazing value central London hotel with brilliant service »

    This was the cheapest hotel we could find when we booked a room so we certainly werent expecting it to be luxurious but we were very pleasantly surprised with the quality of the room and also the extremely friendly and helpful gentleman on reception who went out of his way to look after us and was great fun. Definitely recommended.

    3
    « OK for one night »

    Good location, not far from the tube, - although tricky to find as it is such a small entrance - we walked straight past it initially. Pleasant efficient staff. Room, including the bathroom, was very small but was clean and had everything we needed. However I didn't sleep well, the bed was a small double, and the High Street is busy 24/7 and I could hear traffic noise all night. Breakfast was adequate. Would stay again... but not for more than one night.

    3
    « Expensive single room »

    I'm torn on how to rate the experience I had staying at this hotel, I will try to explain. I travel quite a lot in different parts of the world and I have realized a long time ago that the rating of hotels are so different. I hope that a common "system" of rating worldwide will be developed. Ok, so I stayed in a single room. The room was very small and I'm thankful that I'm not so tall (168cm) as the bed wasn't wide nor long. The bathroom was very small and the lighting wasn't very good if and when you want to put on make-up. Also, the towel that should be on the floor when stepping out of the shower was always put halfway in to the shower itself so you couldn't use it as it was soaked with water, not very nice. The room was like a sauna, the reception changed from heat to "air condition" so they said it would be cooler in a few minutes. Coming back from a day in the city the room was like a sauna still. If I turned off the fan and opened the windows it was ok. Closing the windows and turning off the fan. I wonder how it works during the summer though...? Also I had a room towards Kensington High Street which is very lively so I had a hard time having a goodnight sleep. The service was excellent, they listened to my "problems" with the heat in the rooms and I got offered to change room but that was also warm and believe it or not...even smaller. The breakfast was ok and enough for me when travelling for a few days. The location was good, close to the underground and Hyde Park.

    4
    « Small but sweet »

    Very handy and reasonable for our visit to the Royal Albert Hall. Staff very friendly, bedroom small but well appointed, but the bathroom very cramped and the fan was noisy overnight. breakfast was a self-serve continental - very simple.

    4
    « Decent place to stay in Kensington. Wonderful staff »

    Good clean rooms in a great Kensington location, rooms are a bit small but not a big problem. Had a wardrobe which is more than some hotels and a table and fab tea making facilities. Fabulous rain shower. Modern design to the room, funky photographic wallpaper. Quiet and small hotel but a great breakfast with lots of basic choices. Very pleased that our bags were looked after in a locked room after we checked out. A key plus of this hotel is how friendly and professional the staff are. I felt the service really was 5 star, very friendly and helpful. When we arrived a couple were at the hotel having booked into a different Best Western. The guy on the desk was helpful and very courteous not only giving them directions to the hotel the needed to go to but ringing ahead to check the other hotel to check the other hotel was expecting them. He was extremely professional and polite in the circumstances as the lady concerned was a little flustered. One other great plus was that when we went for breakfast late on they ensured we had enough juice as the juice was running out, many hotels don't bother checking you have all that you need when you turn up in the last 15 mins of breakfast, this impressed me. I will stay here again I hope!

    5
    « Great for business »

    I found the Best Western to be a great hotel for my business stay. A short walk from Olympia so perfect for exhibition goers. Clean and friendly hotel and very comfortable. Trip advisor please stop making people write 200 words. Thanks.

    3
    « Good for a night or two »

    This hotel is in a nice part of London overlooking the high street. Holland Park just down the road, and the tube just up the road. The hotel its self; The room was small bet very nice, and very clean. The bathroom was nice also, brilliant shower. The bed was very comfortable, and a nice big TV, and good coffee making facility. The only downside was the breakfast, it was continental, which wasnt stated on the web site, and the room was very small, in fact people were cramped trying to self serve, so little room, shame really as that was the only downside. would use again, but only for one night.

    4
    « Perfect location, friendly staff and great stay »

    Just spent two nights at this hotel. I saw some reviews about the rooms being small, staff not friendly and lots of noise from outside. While the room was small, it wasn't an issue, and I found the staff super friendly and I didn't have any problems with noise, in fact we slept very well. Breakfast is included in the rate, and so is wifi and it is very close to High Street Kensignton tube station and many attractions in London. I would stay here again.

    3
    « Olympia »

    Stayed for two nights. Quite a small single room facing the road. Generally tidy and Perfectly fine though, though perhaps too small for a longer stay. Arrived back late both nights, and have to complement the night porter, who was excellent with check in etc. Only a few minutes walk to Olympia and tube.

  • 4
    « Good hotel »

    Hotel small but very comfortable and clean. Staff very friendly and helpful. Rooms again very comfortable and bathrooms spotless. Continental breakfast includes meats, cheeses, toast, croissants, fresh fruit, yoghurt and a range of juices teas and coffees. Good variety of food. Convenient for shops, banks, tubes and buses.

    4
    « Don't judge it by its entrance »

    I read the reviews of this hotel in tripadvisor after I've booked the room and was quite worried that I made the wrong choice. Yes, the entrance was a bit pokey and when we finally got up the narrow stairs to the reception there was nobody at the desk. After ten minutes the receptionist turned up saying that he had to deal with something. That wasn't a good start I thought and was already having doubts about the place. But when we got to our room , it was immaculate. The room was not as small as I had expected and it had almost everything we needed. It was on the first floor and the windows were facing the side road. There were no traffic noise and it was very calm. Breakfast was ok and commuting into the West End ,The City was easy as the tube station was just 5mins walk.If you ldon't mind walking like us, the Science museum, V & A are only 15 mins away. Plenty of places to eat and shop on the High St. On the day of our departure, one of the receptionist even helped us with our bags downstairs. I would certainly recommend this place for a short stay.

    3
    « Way too small, staff not overly friendly, on a busy road. Good location. »

    The hotel's public areas and the rooms were way too small, even for a European hotel. The staff were not overly friendly. Hotel is on a very busy road so there is a lot of road noise 24/7. Breakfast was decent. Location is good near restaurants, shops and the tube station. I would not stay here again.

    3
    « A good place in a great location »

    We stayed here recently as Rugby World Cup and Fashion week caused chaos and we couldn`t find anywhere else to stay. The hotel has a great location, easy to get to, is clean and reasonably quiet. Our room was small, cannot imagine staying there longer. The shower was powerful but the bed seemed too small for 2 people. We tried to open the window but even though our room was facing the back, it was still very noisy. So reluctantly, we slept with the aircon on. Our stay included breakfast, and even though we only had 10 mins to grab something quickly, it was lovely, the room was bright and the food ready and warm. Overall, a good place.

    3
    « Handy Location »

    Having been bought an 'Experience' voucher for The Babylon Roof Gardens restaurant, picked this hotel for it's close proximity to the restaurant. It certainly isn't 5 star quality, but it is in an excellent location, is well-situated for restaurants, pubs etc and is clean and good value. Staff are friendly and the complementary continental breakfast is a bonus. Excellent value for money and would return. Only negative point I will add is that the bed was not very comfortable and the pillows needed to be replaced as had seen better days.

    2
    « Phil & Sue »

    Most disappointing. Room so small had to walk sideways to get into bed! Basin in bathroom so tiny that it was useless. Being over the main road made for noise all night so very little sleep to be had!

    3
    « Reasonable Hotel Poor Service »

    I've stayed here before for work and like the location for getting into central London (5 mins to the tube) and also the are nearby is nice (so safe to walk around on a night etc) with lots of options for food. The hotel itself has small rooms but they are comfortable if not a little shabby in some areas. The price is usually good and normally includes a basic but perfectly reasonable breakfast. The staff each time I've stayed here have always had issues with my booking and insist on taking card details for payment despite pre payment. This is now the second time I've stayed here where I've been charged twice and had to call their central bookings office (not straightforward) to sort it out. Given the hassle of this I won't be returning personally but the hotel itself is not a bad shout for a good place to stay in London.

    2
    « 6 night stay - too cramped - poor value for money »

    My wife and I stayed here as part of a 28 day European holiday. This was the most expensive hotel room on the entire trip and was by far the smallest. We are used to staying in 3-4 star rooms but this fell far short of our usual standard of accommodation. We queried the size of the room with reception and were advised that it is the location we were paying for. I might add at this point that we have stayed in New York twice in the last couple of years in Manhattan hotels that were slightly less expensive yet larger, more modern and much better appointed. The location of this hotel is quite good but we realise now that we could have based ourselves anywhere in London and utilised public transport to get around, it is very effective. This room had many faults such as no soap holder in the shower, the toilet roll holder was on backwards and the lifts are very small and difficult to operate. There was also no fridge in the room, although reception did offer ice on request. The room was tiny!! It was impossible for 2 people to walk around the bed at one time. On the up side, the continental breakfast was quite good and had a reasonable range on offer. Regretfully I have to say that this was overall, a very disappointing stay.

 

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·From:All directions. The BEST WESTERN Seraphine Kensington Olympia Hotel is located on Kensington High Street and the nearest tube station is High Street Kensington. This tube station is served by District and Central lines. The hotel is also well connected to central London by bus numbers 9 & 10 served with stop at Kensington Palace.