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Citadines South Kensington – Apartment hotel with a kitchenette

Citadines South Kensington HotelPhoto: Craig Cross
Star rating: ★★★★ Address: Citadines South Kensington, 35a Gloucester Road, South Kensington Contact: Tel: 0207 543 7878 Web: Facilities: Car park, laundry, fitness centre, i-Fi, TV, telephone, hairdryer, ensuite bathroom, ensuite kitchen with hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and kitchen utensils, iron, air-conditioning, safe Parking: Car parks near South Kensington Buses: 49, 70 Bus fares Trains: The closest station is Gloucester Road Circle District Piccadilly Other nearby stations: South Kensington Train fares

Kitchenette and ensuite bathroom

Craig’s review… This place is great. It’s almost like renting a flat because all of the rooms have bedrooms, bathrooms and a little ensuite kitchen attached. Here’s all the stuff you get in the kitchen: a hob, microwave, saucepan, toaster, plates, bowls, cups, saucers, a sieve, tin opener, bottle opener, knives, forks, spoons, sponge, tea towels, a bottle of washing up liquid (totally wasted on me), plus a proper fridge-freezer for your food.

Inside a room at the Citadine South KensingtonPhoto: Craig Cross
Inside a room at the Citadine South Kensington

One thing to bear in mind is that you need to pay a supplement if you want a cleaner to come in and tidy up and make your bed every morning, and replenish your soap and teabags. I wasn’t bothered in the slightest that my bed remained unmade every day (it felt like home!) and I just bought some extra teabags and stuck them in the cupboard in the kitchen. And I bought a bottle of milk and stuck it in the fridge. You need to think of it as a flat, rather than a hotel room.

Kitchen equipment inside the apartment roomPhoto: Craig Cross
Kitchen equipment inside the apartment room

The ensuite bathroom has a bath, shower, hairdryer and even a little string washing line to hang up your socks. The bedroom has a TV, iron, ironing board and safe.

Ensuite bathroom at the Citadines HotelPhoto: Craig Cross
Ensuite bathroom at the Citadines Hotel

The only downside is the absence of a restaurant and bar, but seeing as you’ve got your own kitchen in the room it’s no big deal (you can just eat Pot Noodles all week). If you can’t be bothered to do any cooking yourself then they provide a big menu of meals that you can have delivered to your room, and there are plenty of pubs and restaurants in the surrounding streets. Kensington High Street is only a short walk away.

Location of the Citadines hotel

The surrounding area is nice enough, and within easy walking distance of the Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace, but it’s a slightly farther out than where I’d normally choose to be. There are only a couple of bus routes that run between South Kensington and Trafalgar Square so if you want to go anywhere else then you’re going to be using a lot of public transport. But do you know what? The room is so great I think I’ll still recommend it anyway.

[Note: When I stayed here it was being advertised as a 3-star, but now it’s being advertised as 4-star. I don’t really see it as being 4-star to be honest, but I do still recommend a visit.]

Worth a stay? Value for money? Nice rooms? Good location?

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Your comments and questions

Gayle Hi, what time can we check in at the hotel?

Craig Hi Gayle. The check-in time is 3 PM and check-out is at 11 AM

marlonP How far is it to the station

Craig Hi MarlonP. It's about a five-minute walk to Gloucester Road station, and fifteen minutes to South Kensington station

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