The Gore Hotel
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Located in London (Kensington), The Gore Hotel is minutes from Royal Albert Hall and Imperial College London. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.
Make yourself at home in one of the 50 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Make use of convenient amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and 24-hour room service is provided. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a business center, and express check-in. Planning an event in London? This hotel has facilities measuring 1679 square feet (156 square meters), including meeting rooms.
How to Get There
My 13 year old daughter and I stayed in a double delux room for one night. The room was smaller than expected but it was very clean and well maintained. There was some road noise but this was only to be expected, given the location. The hotel was easy to locate and within walking distance of Hyde Park and the museums. It is a little walk to a tube station, which could be seen as a down side. The staff were friendly and professional. The taps were a little difficult to turn on and off and the water temperature in the shower was a little tricky to get right. However, this added to the character of the room. The bar is cosy and friendly. The restaurant is also beautifully styled with friendly, professional staff. Breakfast was not included in our stay but we paid extra for it; it did not disappoint. We were able to get an early check in which was really helpful.
Expected much more better services....
Been there for 2 night and 3 days in The Tudor Suite.Really disappointing!!!
Upon arrival when i headed to the bathroom saw that the toilet was not clean properly and the wash bassin as well.Bed too small and hard mattress.The 2nd day i had pain all over my body.Message are not listened properly by the receptionist.Called for someone to clear the breakfast tray but the room attendant came to clean our room😑😑.And a receptionist spoke to me on the 2nd day that regarding smoking in the room was prohibited and he was not polite at all!!!The 3rd day i had requested breakfast at 9 in the morning.But they came at 8.Moreover the receptionist told us if we request the breakfast via reception we'll pay 18£ per person
instead of 24£.And when we had our 1st breakfast i had confirmed with the room service waitress she told me 18£.But when checking out they charged 19£.As i didnt wanted to argue i just turned back.Moreover i had ordered fruit yoghurt for the 3rd day for breakfast and we received nature yoghurt instead,and the waitress didnt even bother to tell us anything about that!!And while checking in we had a deposit and we've nt been refunded yet!Definitely not reccomending this hotel to others!!!
Wanted a typical English boutique hotel close to The Royal Albert Hall and we were not disappointed. We were treated to complimentary champagne in the library a sumptuously comfortable bed, delicious breakfast and a fabulous (although pricey) bar - but it was all worth it.
Staff were welcoming and friendly and it would be our first choice if we were to return to London.
We stayed at the Gore Hotel for six nights. It was charming in every way and the desk staff were very helpful with our requests. Our only complaint was the breakfast was an add on at 19 pounds each. We would have been happy with coffee, fruit and a bowl of cereal but at that price we had breakfast once. The neighborhood was quiet and it took us a few days to figure out where the pubs, restaurants and local night spots were. (Many in virtually every direction!) We had appetizers and drinks in the bar --- didn't get the rock and roll vibe --- but it was a great place for us to chill out on our first night in London. The Gore was all decked out for Christmas and we enjoyed the complimentary coffee in the "library" on the main floor. It was a once in a lifetime stay for us, celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary so it was an excellent spot to feel special! I had to climb up on a chair to get into our bed --- fit for a queen!
We knew almost nothing about London when we booked the hotel and guidebooks didn't really help in terms of getting an accurate picture of the layout of the city from a walking perspective. We chose The Gore for part of our stay for one reason ... The Tudor Suite. We wanted a really unique experience for a few nights and The Tudor Suite looked like something out of another time, so we booked it.
The biggest thing you want to research before booking The Gore is the location of the hotel in South Kensington. The poshest shopping district (and we thought most picturesque) was Mayfair near to Buckingham Palace. It had more of a Central Park/5th Avenue sort of vibe when compared to NYC. South Kensington is where the posh people in London live and is characterized by rows of white townhomes and luxury housing.
It gets VERY quiet at night. From the hotel, a pub or an ATM machine is about a 10 minute walk. There is quite a nice bar in the hotel, although expensive, but if you want some nightlife or food outside of the hotel ... keep in mind that you are in a fairly residential neighborhood. This was the biggest disappointment of our stay. The area was just too quiet and central London was a 3 mile and $20 gpb cab ride each way.
It seems that most people who stay at The Gore are going to a concert at Royal Albert Hall nearby. There are a few museums within walking distance and of course the iconic Harrods department store is about a 15 -20 minute walk from the hotel. Kensington Palace is also a short walk, although we had no time to see it.
The hotel itself is sort of stuck in the past in a charming way. Everything from the narrow reception desk to the traditional sitting rooms feel like something you would expect to see in the 1940s or 1950s London. There is something very regal or royal about the design. The bar really sells it's 'rock and roll' vibe as the Rolling Stones once had a party for their record release there. We didn't really feel the 'rock and roll' vibe ... it seemed more like a wood paneled, classy hotel bar to us.
The Tudor Suite was really something to see. It felt more like a movie set than a hotel room and was very well appointed with huge wooden 4 poster bed, velvet couches and chairs, a large claw foot tub with a Victorian copper shower and dark wood paneling everywhere. There were even carved wooden figures on the trim. There was a gas fireplace as well, which frankly felt a little dangerous because the flames were so exposed. Nowhere in the US would you find a gas fireplace like this in a hotel due to safety concerns. It got so hot that it actually melted a wax candle from one of the candelabras next to it which spilled into the ground. They should really cage this off.
Overall though, even at $700 per night, we thought the suite was one of the most unique hotel rooms we have ever stayed in and would book it again for a short stay for a change. I am not sure what the other hotel rooms are like because we were key on the experience of the Tudor Suite. I probably would recommend staying here for a night or two and then moving to somewhere in Mayfair if you are a tourist. If you are coming for one night for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, a splurge on the Tudor Suite might be worth it to you.
The staff was very friendly and very accommodating. Unfortunately, our suite was not ready until 3 p.m. but they did give us an hour extra check out time the next day. We really enjoyed all our interactions with the staff here and stayed at The Rosewood (a 5-star hotel in Central London) afterward and have to say that we found the staff MUCH MUCH better at The Gore than The Rosewood which was Conde Naste's #1 London Hotel. (it was NOT a good experience for us there ...)
If you can deal with the quiet, residential location, this hotel would be a nice place to visit in London.