The Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is one of London’s largest hotels, with a whopping 906 rooms over 27 floors.
In fact, it’s the largest Holiday Inn in the world and the hotel therefore naturally has plenty of event and entertaining space. So its management has recently come up with some aggressively-priced wedding packages.
Its all-inclusive £999 wedding deal covers a buffet dinner for up to 40 guests, hiring of a DJ and the room. The offer is available from August to November 2009 by calling (+44) (0)207 341 3243.
To further cater for weddings, the hotel also provides a garden area and discounted rooms for wedding guests.
It’s located right by Gloucester Road tube station in quite a genteel neighbourhood with plenty of amenities and good transport connections.
The hotel just about falls within the “budget” category: a quick test using our meta-search tool will find you rooms there for under £100.
But how good is it as a hotel?
Although many booking websites seem to list it as a “4 star” this is not really true. In reality it’s a “mid-level” hotel at best.
This is not a bad thing in itself if you get a good rate. I’ve often used the hotel myself for meetings and found the service quite adequate.
However, the hotel’s accommodation and service get mixed reviews and at the time of writing it is in the top 250 from 1151 hotels on TripAdvisor.
This is not too bad given the size of the hotel, as it’s always harder for larger hotels to get high TripAdvisor ratings.
But I feel there are better options in a similar price bracket, as for example covered in our recent “luxury budget” review.
Nevertheless, if you’re tempted by the location or taking advantage of the cut-price wedding offer then it’s fine if you get a good deal.
Given the large number of rooms it’s unlikely to be full. So there will usually be scope to negotiate with the hotel or find a compelling online rate.