More about Ashburn Kensington Hotel
Really good hotel, great position
Ashburn Hotel is a small hotel in Cromwell road, in a great central position to reach all the principal places and monuments of the city, also thanks to the proximity of the Gloucester station of the underground (which also travels directly to Heathrow airport). The staff is very helpful and kind, and this also contributes to the perception of a very welcoming environment here. We appreciated the offering of the coups of champagne during the evenings, from 7 to 8 pm.
The only defect we have to remark is the (small) dimension of the dining room in the basement level of the building, which particularly during the morning turns out to be inadequate to accomodate even half of the guests at the same time.
Great hotel, nice little touches
My husband and I had a nice stay at the Ashburn.
It's a small little hotel with lovely clean rooms just a block from the Gloucester Rd. station. It was a terrific base for exploring London. Breakfast every morning was basic and a good start to the day. Little gifts on the pillow each night and the champagne in the lobby are pleasant touches. Don't go expecting the concierge services of a huge hotel, but for the price we were paying that should be understood. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay again if we returned to London.
A smaller, boutique hotel, the Ashburn faces a very large Holiday Inn, and is located on a pretty busy road with wide pavements in a nicer London borough. The surrounding areas feel as safe as one can expect in london. There are plenty of shops ( including a large Sainsbury's ) and restaurants within walking distance and it is close to Gloucester Road tube station.
The staff at the Ashburn were faultlessly welcoming and friendly. Included in the price, the cold breakfast was tasty and pleasant. A small gift is placed in each room at turn-down time before bed, and there is a complimentary free glass of champagne during the evening which adds to the feeling of luxury.
The hotel bedrooms themselves are quite small, as expected in London, but the whole hotel seems well decorated, clean and comfortable. The bed itself was comfy.
Altogether, I am glad we chose this hotel. It is small enough to feel homely and welcoming while the staff are attentive and helpful. So many hotels in London could follow this example. We really enjoyed our stay.
Good quality and price
I have stayed here twice in the last month and found this great gem. Hotel prices in London are out of this world but this one is in a different league. I was actually concerned about only paying £115 including breakfast.
Compared to my experiences in other London 5-star hotels this one compares very favourably. The rooms are of an OK size. The beds are excellent.
It is one block away from the Gloucester underground station which is on the Piccadilly line. It means ou can get there directly from the airport.
One word of warning. The first time I was given room 701 which is not on the 7th floor but in the basement. Although the windows are of a good size and there is pelnty of light (they actually call it the ground floor), it is too noisy there. You are right next to the kitchen and small dining room. Also all the hotel workers keep passing in front of your room. After a couple of days I asked for a room change and they obliged as they were not full. The concierge is helpful as well.
Pleasant, but not a bargain
Some of the other posts mention the hotel was a bargain, but our booking was definitely not cheap. We booked because it offered many nice extras like breakfast, glass of champagne in the evening, complementary welcome drink (non-alcoholic), tea and coffee in the room plus free use of internet. All of these definitely add up at a normal hotel.
Hotel is located 1.5 blocks from Gloucester tube stop which is very convenient.
Definitely one of the more notable boutique hotels I have visited. I recommend this to anyone who values the extra touches.
Perfect Place in London
Ashburn was perfect! Great location, comfortable, clean, elegant accomodations. The staff couldn't have been more pleasant;eager to offer assistance. Thanks to Jerry and Steve!
Stolen Item & Intermittent Air Conditioning
On the positive side, the price was reasonable and the staff was pleasant. On the negative side there was no air-conditioning for 2 of 7 nights, making the room unpleasantly hot. Worse, I accidentally left a jacket in the room at check-out, and when I returned three hours later to retrieve it the staff claimed no knowledge of it. Overall, I would not recommend this hotel. Instead I would consider the Radisson, Marriott, Holiday-Inn or Millenium hotels, all of which lie within a few blocks.
Wonderful Place to Stay
After reading the reviews of this hotel, my wife and I stayed for 8 nights and found it to be every bit as nice and comfortable as described. Completely renovated a year ago and the place is maintained sparkling clean. Room well laid out, bed and linens very comfortable, bath really clean, A/C worked well as we were there during a hot spell. Flat panel TV well-placed. Live orchid on the table. Welcoming 'plunger pots' of coffee and all of the staff could not have been more helpful and cordial. In-room amenities of tea kettle, terry cloth robes and slippers, thick clean carpeting, wi-fi all appreciated. The double-
glazed windows (3 for our room) make for marvellous quietness in spite of being adjacent to Cromwell Road. Good restaurants nearby, especially Il Falconiere for Italian. With American tourism down taxis are everywhere. Kensington location a plus. We would have no hesitency in returning.
AC Still not working
Nice amenties such as bathrobes, wireless internet in rooms.
Disappointed in that the AC was still not working, when you check in they tell you that breakfast is included. They do not tell you that it is only continental and then you have to pay for anthing hot, i.e. eggs, bacon. I found that to be a little deceiving.
Also they were not willing to lower the price for the next day of stay and only wanted to offer a free beer. Lack of guest appreciation.
Rooms on the small side.
Breakfast area not very inviting and waitress could not understand a single word of English.
Lovely find, good value
Found the Ashburn through "TripAdvisor" reviews. This is a lovely little gem. Close to the Gloucester Road metro stop (just a 2 block walk).
Comfortable bed with good linens, spotless bathroom & very friendly staff.
We arrived early & were happy to find our room not only ready, but were allowed early check-in without a fuss.