Checking out the best hotels in Kensington is a good idea if you’re planning on visiting some of the city’s must-see museums and galleries, will be on the lookout for food and drink at the many pubs and restaurants of King’s Road, or don’t want to be too far from Olympia or Harrods.
As you may have guessed, luxury is abundant in this part of town, and the best hotels in Kensington are certainly no exception, so expect to indulge in top-of-the-line service while rubbing shoulders with the local aristocracy.
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The best hotels in Kensington
Unlike its sister hotel The Gore over the road, black is the new black at The Franklin. In fact it’s got much the same sophistication about its interiors as Blakes, from the sexy monochromes about the general decor to the romantic intimacy of its suites. It’s by no means the same place, though – the out-of-bounds garden suggests club-like rules, and the Venetian influence about the lobby gives the impression this is The Gore’s dark, and rather surreptitious, sibling.
An Eastern influence pervades Blakes (rooms give a gentle nod to the aesthetics of India, Turkey, and Russia, etc.), but not so much as to go overboard with the idea. The Empress Josephine Suite is a particular highlight, with its black wash and gold trim – a theme much in keeping with the Anouska Hempel-designed restaurant on the ground floor. Yes, there’s plenty to explore in Kensington, but this is a hotel you might never want to leave.
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