My boyfriend and I decided to head down south over the Bank Holiday weekend for the annual Notting Hill carnival. We chose to stay out of the city centre, and in Hilton Kensington Hotel. Expectations were high, considering it's a Hilton branch, but once we'd arrived, the hotel was a little disappointing. The room was okay for a certain price, but for what we paid and considering the photographs on the website, we were both a little underwhelmed.
The room itself was small and the bed was hard. We were indulging in the complimentary tea and coffee when we spilled it all over the sheets. We told the staff at reception twice, but they still failed to provide us with a fresh duvet cover. In the end we slept with a sheet-less quilt. The amenities of the room were as expected though; tea (herbal - camomile, peppermint), coffee, plenty of white and brown sugar and 750ml of highgate filtered water.
We had a problem with the size of the bathroom too. It was tiny. It did the job, but it was sub-standard and we've paid much less for a nicer environment. The shower floor wasn't particularly clean either. It looked as though it could have done with a scrub, so neither of us spent much time in there. While we weren't very impressed with the room or service, the following morning the tables had turned when we went down for breakfast.
They certainly know how to put on a spread, and truly catered for every appetite. From 7:30am - 10:30am the Hilton offers a buffet style service, so once we'd place our tea and coffee orders, it was self-service.
Fresh fruit was laid out in generous portions along side low fat Greek yoghurt as well as 150g pots of flavoured yoghurt. Fresh prunes, dates, pumpkin seeds, raisins and cold bircher had its own section. Then there was the cooked breakfast: fried eggs, sausages, bacon, fried tomatoes, baked beans continental breakfast too. Make your own toast. Cheese, fresh cherry tomatoes and all kinds of pastries. The fruit was incredibly fresh - the grapefruit and oranges were so sweet and juicy. The porridge had a perfect consistency too.
Like I said, breakfast was the redeeming feature of our stay. The only downside, again, was space. I understand that they try and accommodate each guest, but the tables were a little too close for my liking. The lack of privacy meant we heard most people's conversation up to three tables away. That said, I'm being particular and my other half was equally in his element with the all you can eat style breakfast. We both went up twice and the staff didn't bat an eyelid. I was determined to make the most of breakfast
Dried fruit and seeds
For two adults sharing a double room with breakfast included (highly recommended), we paid £130, two weeks ahead of our arrival. Check in time is 3pm, and you check out 12pm.
If you're not fussed about your room size, and want to be near the city, Hilton is quite handy. It's opposite a well kept park, is surrounded by adjacent roads of a beautiful standard, and it's only 10 minutes walk from the Holborn station underground. If you'd prefer to stay in the local area, however, Shepherd's Bush is a mere 15 minute walk North West of the hotel, and Westfield shopping centre is opposite Shepherd's Bush underground station. Ideal or what!