London is awash with new hotels this year mainly due to the forthcoming 2012 Olympics. This compels older London hotels to up their game to keep up and the latest to do so is the Royal Garden Hotel. This 5 star hotel in Kensington has just completed a facelift costing a huge £45 million.
Whilst the public areas were refurbished earlier this year (including Min Jiang, the hotel’s rooftop Chinese restaurant and its less formal sibling, Park Terrace restaurant), the hotel recently unveiled the 154 renovated bedrooms and suites which completed the project. From the look of the press photos at least, the new rooms and suites look fairly simple but modern and have the feel of apartment rooms more than hotel rooms.
Not only has the hotel’s decor been modernised but the technology has been upgraded too. New iPod docking stations, 32″ lat screen TVs and media hubs (which give guests access to internet via the TV) are now installed in every room. The refurb took over a year and covers all 394 bedrooms, 10 meeting and event spaces, as well as the hotel’s two restaurants, three bars, gym and spa.
Whilst the inside of the hotel may now prove more attractive to visitors and guests, it is the location which makes the hotel a bit more special. It is on Kensington High Street and within walking distance of Hyde Park, while also enjoying uninterrupted views of Kensington Gardens which are fully-exploited by the floor-to-ceiling windows in many rooms.
Royal Garden Hotel is currently just outside the top 100 London hotels on Tripadvisor. It will be interesting to see if its spending spree lifts it higher.
Photo credits: Royal Garden Hotel.