Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Contemporary and sleek with beautifully detailed ceilings
The lobby of The Parkcity is a blend of old and new, as sleek, contemporary furnishings and designer light sculptures sit comfortably under beautiful Victorian coffered ceilings. As evidenced by the classic Victorian features of the exterior facade, this building was originally seven period townhouses that have now been combined to form the hotel. Not all original fittings have been preserved, however: An original fireplace in the lobby seems to have been replaced with one sporting a gray concrete, minimalist design. The hotel's bar, Ruby's, continues the modern vibe but in a darker, more handsome way than the airy lobby.
Compared to these spaces, though, the rooms fall a bit short design-wise -- it's all a tad generic with plain (but pleasant) oak furnishings and single-color bedspreads.
A seven-minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station, on a quiet side street in fashionable Kensington
The west side of Gloucester Road leading to Earl’s Court is the more affordable side of Kensington, and this is telling by the numerous chain hotels you’ll encounter along the way to The Parkcity. This doesn’t make the area any less interesting, though -- Hyde Park and other area attractions are a short walk away.
Comfortable, but with plain oak furnishings and simple decor
Rooms are all spacious and comfortable, decorated in a streamlined modern decor full of oak furnishings, contemporary (though small) art pieces, and maroon accents. There are no suites in this hotel, and rooms divide into three simple categories that differ in floor space – Standard, Deluxe, and Executive -- though even the "smallest" room is spacious for London standards.
A private back patio with garden, and a cocktail bar with red velvet decor
The Parkcity hotel is a small corporation-run hotel with a sleek, contemporary lobby and cocktail bar. It’s relatively affordable, well located for direct trips from the airport, and a short walk to the nearest tube station (for access to area attractions). But minimal room amenities and basic facilities (there’s no Wi-Fi in rooms, no restaurant, and room service only until midnight) may leave some guests wanting more.