Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
About Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
- high speed internet in room
- free internet
- fitness center
- bar lounge
- business services
- public wifi
- wheelchair access
- air conditioning
- room service
- dry cleaning
- meeting room
- non smoking rooms
- non smoking hotel
- laundry service
- concierge desk
- flatscreen tv
- banquet room
- multilingual staff
- breakfast buffet
- arabic amenities
- baggage storage
- conference facilities
- currency exchange
- english amenities
- fax photocopying
- 24 hour front desk
- shops amenities
- breakfast available
- german amenities
- italian amenities
- gift shop amenities
- reduced mobility rooms
- vip room facilities
- facilities for disabled guests
- special diet menus
- paid private parking on site
- atm on site
13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
I stayed here when in London for a work...
"I stayed here when in London for a work conference. The location is excellent - very close to the Underground, although the train noise can be a little intrusive occasionally.
The room was very good... comfy bed and trouserpress, TV, tea and coffee making facilities (and hot chocolate!) Rather surreally they seem keen to promote the x-rated-channels close the TV remote control...!!
Breakfast was tasty... quite a good selection - a choice of cold food or full English.
There is a restaurant there but it seemed quite expensive, so I ate elsewhere.
The location is the main thing going for this hotel - very central and convenient!"
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of February 2008
We booked the Copthorne Tara because of...
"We booked the Copthorne Tara because of its reputation, location, star rating and truthfully, The Grovesnor House was being refurbished.
After parking you are met with a scruffy underground entrance with no lift to reception.
Although the reception area is well presented it all looks rather tired.
We were directed to our room and noted the worn decor in the corridors, doors and landings which you wouldn't expect in a four star hotel at High Street Kensington.
Our room also reflected this, crooked light switch, poor installation of bath; taps and shower fittings were exhausted.
Bed was comfortable if a little aged, fridge was empty and affected the television picture and the cabinet that housed the fridge was falling to bits!
To our horror we were excluded from entering the bar, as we only secured a basic room. To use this facility would cost us a further Â£35.00 per night.
And finally to Car Parking fees, we contacted the hotel a month prior to our visit to ensure a space had been booked, we were told it's on a first come first serve basis but no mention was made of the fee.
So be warned there is Car parking facilities at the Copthorne for a fee of Â£20.00 a day and spaces are very limited.
To end on a positive note, breakfast was fab..... However not up to the standards of The Grovesnor."
- Travel date: Sun 4th of March 2007
A disappointing stay for our silver wedd...
"A disappointing stay for our silver wedding anniversary. My daughter had booked wine and chocolates, it went to the wrong room. My brother had booked a room upgrade, the hotel forgot.
The initial room we had was more like a 2* and the majority of staff were unfriendly and all were foreign. On the plus side the situation is very good just off Kensington High Street, with the tube station is about 1 min walk away. If you want a special time with attention to detail do not go to this hotel.
If you must go, then make sure you book an upgrade room as the basic rooms are that....basic and a bit scruffy. If you do get an upgrade room make sure you find out about all the included extras, as the staff will not tell you!"
- Travel date: Fri 14th of April 2006
Good Value for London-2 stays at TC
"Stayed here in Jan and March of 2004. Was quite petrified after getting this on Priceline and reading the reviews on, but hotel was a fine experience with responsive management. They were having difficulties with their fire alarms on the first trip (this was resolved by the 2nd trip and I don't think it will be an issue any more). We were on the Tube side the first trip, but high enough up (8th) not to hear it - the biggest problem with the rooms is the paper thin dividing walls (definately bring ear plugs-or perhaps if room does not have an adjoining room, there is more insulation). Our beds were fine, coffee/tea service in room nice, but ours was a "stocked", not empty refrigerator. I will say that I looked around this Gloucester Road/High Street Kensington area quite a bit, and for the Priceline $ (we paid about $90-$100) you can't get anything nearly so nice. I think that perhaps compared to some of the other 4* rooms, these are not quite so nice. An option you should be aware of is the ability to upgrade for 25 pounds per room. I would do this in a heartbeat. In addition to nicer rooms ("regular" US style faucets) and more soundproofing in walls), you get use of the Concierge Lounge which includes continental breakfast, afternoon wine/softdrinks and anytime tea/coffee - think you can use the internet access in there for free, also. Believe it or not, with London prices, you can almost cover the 25 pound difference just on the food (definately if there are 2 of you per room)."
- Travel date: Tue 13th of April 2004
People should stop complaining about this hotel
"My husband and I recently booked a 4 night stay at the Copthorne Tara Kensington using Priceline. We paid $75 per night, plus tax.
After reading the other reviews on Priceline, I was understandably concerned. However, after staying there I felt compelled to defend this hotel.
We did not make any requests, other than to have a double bed. We stayed on a low floor, and I never heard the tube once.
The room was modern, and the bed was very comfortable. The room was small in comparison to American hotels, but this we expected. The room was also very clean, and the staff helpful and pleasant. The only downside was the high price of the hotel restaurant for breakfast, which forced us to eat outside of the hotel for all of our meals. There were plenty of places to eat within walking distance so this was no real issue.
To all of you that are complaining about this hotel, I urge you to get a grip on yourself. You are paying under $100 per night for a hotel in London. The only place cheaper is a youth hostel. If you get so bent out of shape about not having a wash cloth or other trivial issues that I saw posted, I urge you to stay within the pristine confines of your own home, and not venture out into the world. You will be perpetually disappointed. If you are expecting a hotel to be like the Ritz, you should cough up the extra money and pick a nicer hotel.
To those of you looking to see the world, hit Priceline and grab the deal of the century. This place is a palace for that price. (Especially in a city as expensive as London, but that is a whole other review! :) )"
- Travel date: Thu 8th of April 2004
Nice Hotel, Excellent Location
"We recently stayed at the Copthorne Tara for 3 nights. Overall the room was comfortable and clean. The location was very good, great neighborhood with lots of shopping close by and a very quick walk to the tube which is just steps away. This was the best place we had ever stayed in London. I would recommend it."
- Travel date: Fri 26th of March 2004
"I did priceline and paid $100 US a night...i would have been much happer if i had been one of the posts on here who paid $70. But, the room was very spacious for London. My room overlooked the Underground Rail Tracks. The noise was not bad, but I live in a big city and am used to noise. Bathroom was big and water pressure was good. Yes, the sink had 2 different handles (one for hot, one for cold). Room service menu was limited and expensive, but you have a fridge and there is a safeway in walking distance. The lobby and elevators was nice. I used the gym in the hotel next door (Kensington Close) and had to pay $20 US a day. The area is safe and has food, shops, movie theater and is close to the Tube. I would stay here again, with the exception of I would only bid $70 on priceline. Oh, the room smelled like mothballs and pain was peeling a bit....but that really did not matter."
- Travel date: Thu 18th of March 2004
For the price, a good hotel
"Close to the tube and Kensington Palace, the Copthorne is in an excellent location. Although our room was a little frayed around the edges, we came away feeling very satisfied with what received for the money ($82/night via Priceline). We followed the advice of others and requested a room on a high floor away from the tube station. Make sure you do the same. Here are the pluses: a clean and fairly spacious room that contained firm twin beds, a refrigerator, coffeemaker, and a bathroom that had both a shower and a deep bathtub. No washcloths, to be sure, but I find that complaint hardly worth mentioning. The public areas of the hotel are lovely. Internet access can be found at an Easynet Cafe which is just a block down from McDonald's. Easynet has lots more computers and its voucher system gives you more for your money. Try high tea at the Orangery, a building which is on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Really nice."
- Travel date: Wed 17th of March 2004
Priceline, inexpensive and decent
"I stayed at the Tara last week for 4 days and had a pretty decent time. I paid $75 a night through Priceline.The Bad: The bathroom was a bit moldy. The furniture was the cheap 70s type you find in a HoJos. The beds were really soft, almost rotten in the middle, though I'm not sure if this is a European thing, I've run into really soft beds before. When we got in we were told that check in was not until 4:00PM, which is pretty late, but there was a place to drop off your luggage.The Good: The room was actually pretty large, as was the bathroom. The rooms were cleaned regularly. The staff was friendly, I requested in advance to be in a room opposite of the tube and they were happy to accommodate. The location is terrific, 2 blocks from Kensington. All in all I'm glad that I stayed there, the only other alternative for the price would be to stay in a hostel."
- Travel date: Thu 11th of March 2004
"Upon reading the previous reviews of this hotel, I was scared when Priceline assigned me this hotel. Luckily, it wasn't as bad as all the reviews claimed, it was actually a pleasant stay, besides the fact that my wife and I had two singles in the room as opposed to one double.
They offered to move us after the first night, they couldn't do so earlier because it was Valentine's Day. The following day we didn't care as we combined the two beds anyways. We were on the 5th floor in a refurbished room. The location was pretty good, very close to a Tube stop (High Street Kensington) although next time I might try and stay in the Knightsbridge area."
- Travel date: Tue 24th of February 2004
Pretty Nice Place
"I just got back from London last week. It was my first time going there and I stayed at this hotel. When you first arrive, you'll look at the outside of it and think "what a dump." But once you get inside it's very nice. The front desk girl was very nice and check in was smooth.
After reading other reviews, I made sure to ask for a room away from the tube, which they did. My room was very nice and the same size room you would get at an American hotel. The view was pretty lousy (a view of the roof top) but that's ok. Room was very clean. My only complaints are related to the bathroom. First of all, the lighting was pathetic. I think a flashlight would have been brighter. Second, the sink had two separate knobs AND two separate faucets! So the hot was super hot and the cold was super cold because you couldn't mix the two. I usually ended up washing my hands in the bathtub where I could mix both hot and cold. Also, remember this. In most of Europe, they provide towels, but no washcloths and this hotel was no exception. I guess they don't use washcloths in Europe much because one of the maids didn't even know what one was. This luckly wasn't a problem for me, as I always bring my own washcloth and towel when I travel, but for someone who doesn't, they would be out of luck. Another bad thing about this hotel is they charge you even for local calls. I didn't appreciate that. And the concierge guys were kind of snotty, but I didn't deal with them much luckily.
Overall, this hotel was pretty good for a hotel in Europe IMO. It was right by the tube and shops and restaurants were nearby. I would reccommend it."
- Travel date: Mon 16th of February 2004
No-frill good value, easy access.
"I stayed 4 nightes at the Tara Copthorn in October 2003. I paid $60 USD / night thanks to Priceline. This is a considerable bargain especially when you do the British Pounds conversion. The rooms were standard and clean. Check-in was prompt. This hotel is easily accessible by the underground, about a 2 min walk to the nearest station (there is a shortcut from the hotel to the back door entrance of a mall, which leads to the station). Luxe this was not. But it was functional and more than sufficient. Considering the price i paid, i highly recommend this."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of February 2004