• Easy travel to and from Heathrow Airport via tube
  • Rooms have flat-screen TVs, Bose CD players, and ELSYL toiletries
  • Lovely back garden area hosts barbecues in summer months
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Beautiful Victorian period features blend with contemporary design
  • Location on a side street provides peace and quiet
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  • Room decor is a tad generic compared with public areas
  • Continental breakfast not included in all room rates, and no 24-hour room service
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Bottom Line

The Parkcity hotel is a small corporation-run hotel with a sleek, contemporary lobby, restaurant, and mocktail bar/lounge. 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 may leave some guests wanting more.

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Things You Should Know About The Park City Grand Plaza Kensington Hotel

Also Known As

  • The Parkcity

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Standard Room


18 - 30 Lexham Gardens, London W8 5JE, United Kingdom


440 (207) 341-7090


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The Park City Grand Plaza Kensington Hotel


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 karaoke and mocktail bar, Selesa Lounge, 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.

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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.

  • 35-minute drive to Heathrow Airport
  • 13-minute walk to Hyde Park
  • 14-minute walk to the Natural History Museum
  • 15-minute walk to the Royal Albert Hall and Science Museum
  • 13-minute tube ride to Knightsbridge station and Knightsbridge shopping district, including designer shops and Harrod’s
  • 13-minute tube ride to Sloane Square station, including Sloane Square shopping district and Saatchi Gallery
  • 14-minute tube ride to Notting Hill Gate station and Portobello Market *15-minute tube ride to Hyde Park Corner station and Buckingham Palace
  • 19-minute tube ride to Westminster station, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, and scenic walks along the Thames
  • 20-minute tube ride to Piccadilly Circus station and the theatre district
  • 21-minute tube ride to Embankment station, including Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, London ICA, Tate Modern, and the South Bank
  • 22-minute tube ride to Covent Garden
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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 several suites in this hotel; rooms are otherwise divided into two simple categories that differ in floor space – Deluxe or Executive -- though even the "smallest" room is spacious for London standards.

  • Bose CD players, flat-screen TVs
  • Modern shower/tub combos with rainfall shower head
  • ELSYL toiletries
  • Mini-fridges with free mineral water
  • Tea kettles with free tea
  • Some rooms have their original high ceilings
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A private back patio with garden, a cocktail bar and a Malaysian restaurant

  • Selesa Lounge provides non-alcoholic drinks and light bites, and a karaoke system is available for private functions
  • Selesa Restaurant serves Malaysian cuisine, and doubles as a private-hire dining space
  • Lovely, quiet back patio and garden area
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fitness center with basic cardio equipment, weight machine, and free weights
  • Business center with two computers and a printer, fees apply
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Best Rates


  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

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