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Summary


Pros

  • Original period elevator
  • Walking distance to Hyde Park and Knightsbridge shopping district, including Harrods
  • Gilchrist & Soames toiletries
  • Some rooms have kitchenettes
  • Bar service to rooms available from morning to night
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Serious wear and tear, such as broken fixtures, threadbare carpet, and cracked ceilings
  • Poor breakfast

Bottom Line

For a quick place to crash in a premier central West London location, this hotel is tolerable if you can get a deal. The hotel is showing serious wear and tear, and since the hotel advertises itself as a 4-star, rather than a budget, property, many guests walk away disappointed. Amenities are few: There's a business center and room service for breakfast, but little else. Prices are usually very inflated for what you get -- guests are better off spending their money elsewhere.

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Scene

Tired and worn

Entrance to the Knightsbridge Green

Although the lobby is presentable enough -- natural stone tiling is paired with a black lacquer reception desk and an alligator skin stair banister -- things start to change as you head up the stairs to the first floor. The carpet on the stairs has literally been worn all the way down to the wooden step from use -- even the alligator skin mysteriously disappears off the banister and the original worn wood reappears. Hallways are dismally dim, the fixtures are dented and broken, and the wallpaper is peeling in places. This would acceptable for a low-budget London residence, but certainly not for a 4-star hotel, which this property purports to be.

Location

A two-minute walk from Knightsbridge tube station, in the middle of affluent West London shopping and residential districts

Map of Knightsbridge Green Hotel

Knightsbridge is primarily an affluent, toffee-nosed shopping and residential area, populated by well-heeled locals, Middle Eastern leisure and business guests, and the working immigrant class. Home of some of London’s wealthiest residents, such as Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich, this is also the famed hangout spot for Middle Eastern racers who reportedly fly in their expensive cars for the summer and spend their days and nights racing around the local streets.

  • 4-minute walk to Knightsbridge shopping district including designer shops and Harrods
  • 2-minute walk to Hyde Park
  • 12-minute walk to the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • 13-minute walk to the Natural History Museum
  • 15-minute walk to Sloane Square shopping district and Saatchi Art Gallery
  • 15-minute walk to the Science Museum
  • 9-minute tube ride to Piccadilly circus and the theatre district
  • 11-minute tube ride to Covent Garden and more theatre district
  • 13-minute bus ride to Notting Hill Gate and Portobello Market
  • 15-minute tube ride to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, and scenic walks along the Thames
  • 16-minute tube ride to Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, London ICA, Tate Modern and the Southbank

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Rooms

Rooms are decorated in traditional neutral tones; many have worn furnishings

Kitchenette in the Standard Double room
  • Rooms are decorated in chocolates, beiges, creams, and grays.
  • Many rooms are worn and in serious need of refurbishment: There have been reports of worn and broken fixtures, torn furnishings, cracked ceilings, and non-functional appliances.
  • Some rooms are in good condition, with attractive details such as wood floors.
  • Kitchenette in certain rooms
  • Gilchrist & Soames toiletries

Rooms and Rates

Features

A basic breakfast served in-room

Elevator at the Knightsbridge Green
  • No on-site restaurant, but a room service breakfast is available. (Expect basic items such as cereal, yogurt, and toast).
  • Bar service to rooms available from morning to night
  • Business center
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Amenities

Key Features
Internet
Cribs
Hotel Services
Concierge
Free Breakfast
Laundry
Room Service
Family Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Gameroom / Arcade
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Television
Internet
Address
159 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7PD, United Kingdom
Phone 440 (207) 584-6274
Room Types
  • Double/Twin Suite
  • Penthouse Apartment
  • Standard Double/Twin Room
  • Standard Single Room
  • Triple Suite