Hilton London Kensington {GBR}

Old Apr 24, 2003, 3:46 pm
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The Airbus stops almost right in front of the Hilton Kensington and you can buy the ticket at the hotel. They have the schedule and should be able to tell you what time you will have to leave to make your flight. We have taken the Airbus from there many times.
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Old Apr 24, 2003, 5:29 pm
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The cheapest way is by taking the red double deck bus or tube. The one way cost is 2 or 3 pounds depending on the routing. Travel time is 35 to 40 minutes. Of course, this method would be cumbersome if you are traveling with a large or many pieces of luggage. If you are interested I can tell you how to get on London's Journey planner website which will outline in detail the times, bus numbers and/or tube stations, and price. The bus stops right at the hotel.
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Old Apr 24, 2003, 6:44 pm
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Here's how to do it on the Underground (2 fare, 26 minutes, depending on connection time):

* At Waterloo depart on the Jubilee line
* Westminster
* Green Park
* At Bond Street change to the Central line
* Marble Arch
* Lancaster Gate
* Queensway
* Notting Hill Gate
* Holland Park
* Arrive at Shepards Bush

Cross the street in front of the Shepards Bush station before heading toward the Hilton (to your left) - it's easier to get around the Roundabout on that side.

(I have a program on my PDA that tells you the best route between any two Underground stations...)
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 6:14 am
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Is the tube at Holland Park up and running? When we were there a couple of weeks ago some stations were closed. so we took buses. Yes, the airbus stops right in front of the hotel and goes out to the airport. 4 pounds.The Kensington has an two executive floors, one non-smoking, but the rooms are basically the same as regular floors. The executive lounge on the 7th floor does a nice continental breakfast. Hard boiled eggs, cheese and meet, coissants, cereal. A machine that makes Latte, capucinne. Found it very pleasant.

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Old Apr 25, 2003, 6:55 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by dgordon:
Is the tube at Holland Park up and running?</font>
The Central Line fully reopened a couple of weeks ago. Can still be subject to delays as they have run out of the bits that they need to repair all the trains.


For up to date information and journey planning check out http://www.thetube.com


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Old Oct 27, 2003, 2:48 pm
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Kensington Hilton, London

We are traveling to the UK next month and will be finishing our trip in London. We are looking at spending three nights there and at this time we are looking at the Kensington. Does anyone have any opinions or alternate suggestions. We would like to stay in the range of $180-200 per night.

Thanks for your help in advance.
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Old Oct 27, 2003, 3:30 pm
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Hilton Kensington for $180-200????? what!!!

I stayed there 2 weekends ago and paid 60 pounds/night.

The hotel is ok, but is a 5-7 min walk from the subway station. The area is quiet.
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Old Oct 27, 2003, 3:37 pm
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You should be able to stay in the Kensington for less than you expect. Be sure to check Londontown.com too, because sometimes they have cheaper rates than Hilton's website.

kensington is a good choice, provided you don't mind walking to the tube a ways (it's about 10 minutes to Holland Park station, but it's a nice walk, level with broad sidewalks, relatively scenic) and being on the Central Line (check your intended destinations). The bus service right down Holland Park Blvd in front of the hotel is excellent, day and night. Even though you're pretty far away from things, it's a nice ride.

North/South buses go around the corner, and head for Kensington High St., and into Chelsea.

We found the last time we were there that we used the bus to the exclusion of the tube, because we'd mastered the lines. That's good, in my book.

If, on the other hand, you're going to be in a big rush to get here, there and everywhere, you should pick somewhere else, as the Kensington is pretty far out of the action, and you'll find yourself taking a cab a lot to save time, and this adds up fast.

So in summary, it's great for a leisurely vacation, where you leave the hotel in the am, and return for bed, with a day spent out in London. It would not work if you're on business or there for two days, perhaps, or are the sort who likes to return to the hotel for "feet up" after lunch before heading out---- you'd be better finding something more centrally located.

Just my two cents.
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Old Oct 27, 2003, 5:10 pm
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Thanks again for the input on the Kensington, can anyone offer some suggestions for alternate locations to stay at for our visit. We are on a 2.5 day visit and are looking to see the key sites. We are looking a well managed place with decent sized rooms. I am Gold with HiltonHHonors so I am hopping to get a upgrade. Our stay dates are Thursday-Sunday.
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Old Oct 27, 2003, 8:38 pm
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I like the Kensington Hilton. Agree with previous poster, it is in a location where you'll take a bus, tube or taxi to get somewhere. But it is mainly filled with people who seem to be travelling for the cultural experience, rather than, say, business people, family reunions, weddings, etc.

Consider the Islington Hilton, it's in a nice area, Islington, more trendy and hip than where the Kensington is located. Walk out the front door and lots of shops, bars, restaurants.

I'd avoid both the Paddington Hilton and the Hilton Metropole, both are better suited for business travel.

Serach for London in this forum, you'll see lots of past threads, spend an hour or two reading all the opinions. Much better insights than any travel book can provide.

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Old Oct 28, 2003, 5:48 am
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Do a search on the Kennsington and you will discover that the Lounge available on the top floor is NOT up to other Hilton London Hotel standards. Evening food offerings suck. Few and greasy. Warm wine. Only two tables. Loud rock music to please the staff, NOT the guests. COLD!!! like a meat locker.

Breaskfast was barely satisfactory. Very few magazines. Upgrade rooms are small. Can get larger "upgrade Level" rooms at a Marriott for less cost.



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Old Oct 28, 2003, 7:47 am
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I usually stay at the Kensington when I am in London. It is a short walk from the tube, and if you are coming in from Heathrow, it is a direct bus ride on the Airbus, terminal-to-front-door. Rooms are nice, and the price is right, especially for London.
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Old Oct 28, 2003, 9:18 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by OttoGraham:
if you are coming in from Heathrow, it is a direct bus ride on the Airbus, terminal-to-front-door. </font>
I'll be staying there for the London FT Doo - tell me about this bus. How long does it take? How much does it cost? Is it a real alternative to the HEx plus cab ride, timewise?
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Old Oct 28, 2003, 10:04 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by GoCougs:
Thanks again for the input on the Kensington, can anyone offer some suggestions for alternate locations to stay at for our visit...</font>
You will find a full list of London Hiltons as well as more information than you probably need or want in this thread: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/Forum...ML/013054.html

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Old Oct 28, 2003, 1:20 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by GoldCircle:
I'll be staying there for the London FT Doo - tell me about this bus. How long does it take? How much does it cost? Is it a real alternative to the HEx plus cab ride, timewise?</font>
It is just as quick as the HEX/Taxi combo. Costs 8 quid if I remember correctly. That might be the round-trip cost, too, but I can't guarantee it. Details are on the Kensington Hilton website, I think.
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