Without change there would not be any improvements; a motto that the newly renovated hotel 100 Queens Gate Hotel in London seems to follow at heart.
Previously a Double Tree by Hilton, this hotel opened to the public on March 31st following a multi-million-pound investment. Located on Queens Gate in South Kensington, it is the third Curio Collection by Hilton location to launch in the capital which made me very excited to visit.
The area of South Kensington is an affluent district of West London in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is known as a popular tourist destination due to its density of museums and cultural landmarks and the hotel is located right in the middle of all. Only 6-7 minutes walk to Royal Albert Hall, V&A Museum, Science Museum and Natural History Museum.
Upon entering, a sense of comfort will take you. The lobby is “a destination in itself”, with the feeling of diving into another world. From the interior design, the atmosphere and ambience, you will experience something unusual, that will help you escape from your normal life. You will notice a rich green colour palette blending beautifully with the retro and vintage furniture and different artworks around. The check-in progress was smooth and enjoyable, the staff were very friendly and helpful and your Hilton status is recognised offering a complimentary 10% discount on food and beverages at the hotel restaurant.
This design of the 100 Queen’s Gate is collaboration made by Morrison Design, DesignLSM and Newman Gauge. Together as a collective, they managed to turn the hotel’s interior into a unique design museum reflecting the rich history of the Victorian terrace building. The elements of the hotel have been specially designed to spark curiosity and inspire guests to explore the delights of both Kensington and the great city beyond.
If you aren’t familiar with Curio Collection by Hilton, you will be excited to know that they stayed true to their vision with 100 Queen’s Gate. Their portfolio can be labeled as remarkable, upper upscale hotels with each of them being handpicked for its unique character and its personality that appeals to passionate travellers seeking local discovery.
This remarkable design flows all the way to their amazing brasserie; The Botanica. In my opinion, this is a must place to visit even if you aren’t staying at the hotel. Housed in a beautiful botanical glasshouse with abundant arrays of luxurious greenery and planting, The elegant atrium is flooded with natural light and curated by Whittard Teas of Chelsea. The ideal place for indulgent Afternoon Teas and cocktails.
Continuing my discovery with a sense of awe, I found myself walking into an elegant and narrow black corridor waiting to discover my room. Once the door opens, I found myself in a beautiful and subtle room with plenty of design artefacts.
The room is an assemblage of design furnishing items curated under a theme of travelling and exploring, essentially capturing the adventurous spirit of William Alexander the former owner of the building. You will find in the room a globe, compass, a map of the world and many more items; this is definitely a place for the modern traveller. A very comfortable bed is waiting for you to try complemented by discreet dim lights around the windows giving a very seductive look to the room at night. The size of the bathroom was a bit small but that should not affect your stay by any means.
Rise and shine! Following a great night sleep, I decided to head to W/A Kensington for breakfast. Upon entering, a gracious staff greeted me with a smile as I made my way to the buffet. You will find a beautiful display of breakfast food amongst a space of astonishing grandeur; gorgeous tables arrangements with stylish half-round sofa vintage sofa.
Their all-day brasserie and bar is the ideal place to dine and relax or adventure out for a breakfast experience like no others.
These gracious expressions of hospitality displaying during my stay made this experience unique. This was my first time visiting a Curio Collection hotel and I was definitely not disappointed. Its quality service will bring you complete satisfaction. There’s a sense that everything falls perfectly into place. There is never any rush, nor any waiting. Every need is anticipated, often before you even think it. 100 Queens Gate represents the guests who like to step out of their day-to-day and make their own discoveries.
100 Queen's Gate Hotel London, Curio Collection by Hilton
100 Queen's Gate,
South Kensington, London