The Gore – Starhotels Collezione
What We Love
- Homemade compotes at the breakfast buffet
- Bar 190, the hotel’s hush-hush cocktail lounge
- Boudoir-inspired suites, which include a tribute to a former celebrity guest, Judy Garland
- Original 150-year-old Victorian floor tiles
What To Know
- This is one of the closest hotels to Kensington Palace
- The Rolling Stones once held a launch party here
- The property’s original owners were descendants of British explorer James Cook
- The hotel’s French restaurant is a popular pre-theater dinner spot for guests of nearby Royal Albert Hall
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Antiques-filled South Kensington hideaway with boudoir-inspired suites, near Kensington Palace
London’s most prestigious pocket forms the idyllic backdrop to this grand stucco mansion. As a hotel that was once built to house the flocks attending the city’s 1851 World Fair—an exhibition of cutting-edge inventions that lured luminaries like Charles Darwin and Charlotte Brontë—this Hyde Park haven perfectly preserves Victorian-era grandeur, which lives on through its red-carpeted staircases and rare replicas of Queen Victoria portraits. More meditative nook than mingling space, the stately lobby is a contemplative cocoon filled with vintage recliners and heavy wooden bookcases. For socializing, you’ll want to choose from the aforementioned bar, a wood-paneled watering hole lined with velvet porter chairs, cozy booths, and rock-and-roll paraphernalia, or the more buttoned-up 190 Queen’s Gate, where Michelin-starred chef Daniel Galmiche serves rustic British fare with the occasional French cameo (a tribute to his own heritage). Rooms are an eccentric blend of bygone charm, combining heavy-roped drapes, gilded mirrors, and four-poster beds with of-the-moment amenities like gratis WiFi, an in-room smartphone equipped with unlimited international calls, and, if you’re lucky, a bijou balcony that gazes onto Kensington’s leafy streets.
In the Area
The hotel’s own vintage afternoon tea service, one of the city’s most acclaimed, draws crowds for its especially refined spin on the traditional ritual, featuring brews by Camellia’s Tea House. South Kensington’s world-class museums (the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and V&A) are within a stone’s throw of The Gore, as is the Serpentine Gallery, a Zaha Hadid-designed space dedicated to free modern and contemporary art exhibitions. As if that’s not enough, Royal Albert Hall, one of England’s most treasured buildings, is practically in the hotel’s tony backyard. Visit during the eight-week summer season, aka The Proms, often dubbed the world’s most democratic musical festival.
How to Get There
We spent an overnight stay in this establishment and were shown to a 5th Floor room with restricted headroom due to the roof at this level. The room was ensuite with a small bathroom, the bath had a shower and glass panel screen to one end. To get to this room we had to climb a set of stairs as this looked to have been part of the servants quarters. The room was very small with a very hard double bed, television that coulnot be fully viewed from the bed, a small window and adequate wardrobe space for an overnight stay. There was a small well stocked mini bar. The over bath shower was little better than a dribble, we did report this to the management but found that nothing was done about the water pressure. Breakfast was served in the resteraunt to the front of the hotel, this took some time to both arrive and take the order, despite being only half full when we arrived, little attempt was made by the Breakfast staff to place people in there requested seating as at most time they were not present. The buffet to the centre of the room was limited with an emphasis on bread products. The hotel is in a very convenient location for those attending concerts at The Royal Albert Hall however it has seen better days with both decoration and management needing some overhaul. This was an expensive overnight stay in limited accommodation, one we will NOT be repeating.
We enjoyed our visit at the Gore. The continental breakfast was high quality yet simple. The staff was very helpful and friendly!! The hotel is clean. The standard room is very small. If you can upgrade I suggest it. Tiny rooms with large furniture. Overall we had a nice stay! Very close to Kensington Palace and gardens.
I was attending an event in the Royal Albert Hall and as I was travelling alone I wanted to stay in a hotel near by and I'm glad I picked this one! The Royal Albert is only a two minute walk away so it was absolutely perfect for me. The photos honestly do not do the hotel justice as it's one of the prettiest and most dainty places I've ever visited. My room was quaint and timely yet had all the modern components you'd expect. The bed was the comfiest hotel bed I've ever slept in and the shower was incredible.
The breakfast was to die for and there was a lot of choice and everything looked and tasted delicious and the portion sizes were very generous.
The staff were incredible. Every single person I interacted with was more than helpful and extremely friendly. I may have traveled alone but the staff ensured I never felt lonely. Martin in particular was an absolute gentleman.
I'd definitely stay here again and I'd recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to properly treat themselves.