The Nadler Kensington Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Kensington, London, England

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Pros

  • Affordable rates in fashionable Kensington
  • Kitchenettes in every room, plus fair-trade tea and coffee
  • Proactive green hotel policies, such as an electric car for guest use
  • Discount coupons to local restaurants provided to guests
  • Transparency policy allows guests to contact the Deputy General Manager directly from the room phone
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Spotty Wi-Fi connection
  • No breakfast or dining facilities
  • No additional facilities such as a fitness center or pool

Bottom Line

For those looking fo value, the 63-room Nadler Kensington (formerly Base2stay) is an affordable option in a decent area of Kensington. A non-pretentious attitude toward saving money, proactive eco policies, and smartly designed rooms are some definite perks -- and may very well make the relatively small size of the rooms and the occasionally spotty Wi-Fi reception bearable downsides. The hotel also got some stylish upgrades when it rebranded.

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 Scene

Smart and simple design combined with affordability and practicality

The lobby at Base2stay Kensington
The lobby at Base2stay Kensington

Base2stay Kensington is a small 63-room hotel with an emphasis on practical and affordable travel -- without sacrificing comfort. Their primary concept of “smart luxury” translates to affordable, stylish, comfortable rooms in a prime location. The hotel also has a three-point sustainability policy centered on social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

The lobby is minimal and stylish, while clean, simple room decor and smart layouts help to maximize space, guest comfort and convenience: There are kitchenettes in all rooms and oversize showers. Most rooms may be a tad on the small side, there might be spotty Wi-Fi at times, and there are no in-house dining facilities, but emphasis on affordability and practicality without sacrificing comfort may be a winning combination for some travelers.

The hotel was rebranded as The Nadler Kensington in the summer of 2013 (it was formerly called Base2stay) and the lobby received a stylish makeover. The rooms, however, have not changed much.

 Location

Just three minutes’ walk from Earl’s Court station, in fashionable Kensington

Earl’s Court is a more ethnically mixed population compared to the rest of Kensington: This area predominantly consists of local residents and workers meandering through the streets. Nadler Kensington itself is located on a side residential street, which means you’ll have peace and quiet away from the busy main street.

  • 30-minute drive to Heathrow Airport
  • 10-minute tube ride to Knightsbridge station and Knightsbridge shopping district, including Harrods
  • 11-minute tube ride to Sloane Square shopping district and Saatchi Art Gallery
  • 12-minute tube ride to South Kensington station and the Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, and Science Museum
  • 12-minute tube ride to Hyde Park Corner station and Hyde Park
  • 12-minute tube ride to Notting Hill Gate and Portobello Market
  • 15-minute tube ride to Piccadilly Circus and theatre district
  • 17-minute tube ride to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, and scenic walks along the Thames
  • 18-minute tube ride to Covent Garden
  • 24-minute tube ride to Charing Cross station and Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, London ICA, Tate Modern and the South Bank
  • 24-minute tube ride to Green Park station and Buckingham Palace
  • 25-minute tube ride to Bond Street station and West End shopping district, including Selfridge’s

 Rooms

Smart and simple, with guest comfort and convenience in mind

Courtyard in the Large Twin Room
Courtyard in the Large Twin Room

Rooms are clean and comfortable with neutral oak furniture and chocolate-hued carpets -- while they won’t be winning any design awards, they have been designed to maximize space, guest comfort, and convenience.

 Features

Proactive green policies throughout, ample discount coupons to local businesses

Guest Computer in the lobby
Guest Computer in the lobby
  • 24-hour reception and concierge service
  • Free WI-Fi and computer for guests' use in the lobby
  • Proactive environmental policies include use of an electric car for guests, energy-saving light bulbs, and recycling 80% of total hotel waste
  • Discount coupons to local restaurants
  • Discount day membership to the local Fitness First
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 Bottom Line

For those looking fo value, the 63-room Nadler Kensington (formerly Base2stay) is an affordable option in a decent area of Kensington. A non-pretentious attitude toward saving money, proactive eco policies, and smartly designed rooms are some definite perks -- and may very well make the relatively small size of the rooms and the occasionally spotty Wi-Fi reception bearable downsides. The hotel also got some stylish upgrades when it rebranded.

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Address

  • 25 Courtfield Gardens, London, , SW5 0PG, GB

Room Types

  • Bunk Bed Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Single Room
  • Standard Double
  • Superior Room

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Location: Kensington, London
Address: 25 Courtfield Gardens, London, , SW5 0PG, GB
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