Last Friday was Conor’s birthday, and to celebrate, we spent Saturday night at The Kingsley Hotel in Holborn. Part of the Thistle Hotels group, I actually won the stay from my post on the BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour that I took part in, thanks to Thistle and Joe Blogs. Despite living less than an hour away in the same city, the idea of a London hotel stay always excites me – it’s the chance to spend a night away from my normal surroundings, to feel a bit pampered and luxurious. And believe me, we definitely got that…
I’ve won a few hotel stays in the past, so I was expecting a normal room but when I arrived first at The Kingsley, I was informed we were actually staying in one of their eleven junior suites. Yup, not just a room – a suite!! The entrance to the hotel immediately set my sights high, with plush interiors, luxurious baulstrades and high ceilings in the foyer.
Stepping into the room, I actually took a bit of a breath – not far off the size of some London studio flats I’ve seen, I wanted to stay there forever. With one side of the room a living area featuring a sofa and TV, and the other a bedroom area with a huge king size bed, the room had tons of space that made me wish we were spending more than a night there! There were two TVs in the room, one in front of the sofa and one in the sleeping area, meaning we could (and did) watch telly both sat down and in bed. And because I’m a lovely girlfriend, I even let Conor watch Match of the Day (which I did fall asleep during, though…). As if the fantastic, well-decorated space and huge comfy bed wasn’t enough, the bathroom was genuinely the size of my living room at home – and included a bath AND seperate shower cubicle!
The staff at the hotel were absolutely incredible, helpful and friendly and really going as far as they could to offer amazing customer service. As well as leaving a handwritten card and branded chocolates in the room, upon arrival, I was casually chatting with the receptionist and mentioned we were celebrating a birthday. Twenty minutes later, there was a knock at the door – the concierge arrived with a piece of chocolate cake, drizzled with a berry compote, plate adorned with ‘Happy Birthday’, and two glasses of champagne. The fact that we hadn’t even mentioned the birthday before our stay shows just how willing the staff are to offer amazing customer service – and the cake was absolutely delicious!
The hotel has such a great setting – right in the centre of tons of restaurants, shops and not far from the West End. We popped out for dinner around the corner, but didn’t actually want to leave the suite much as it was just too amazing to not spend nearly all our time there. In the morning, we headed down to the restaurant as our stay also included breakfast (another thing I wasn’t expecting!) and had a super tasty full fry up at the buffet bar. After heading back to our room and watching some Jeremy Kyle (hey, most of our stay was very classy…) we waited until 12 noon on the dot to check out in order to get as much time there as possible. There were lots of lovely touches to the room too – from the water on the table and ice bucket to the impossibly cosy Thistle robes nestled away in the wardrobe – I pretty much spent the entire stay in mine!
Our stay at The Kingsley was absolutely lovely – normally, we wouldn’t be able to afford such luxurious hotel surroundings but for a special occasion, it was lovely to have such a luxurious time. However, if you’re out and about in the city and you book to stay here, a word of warning – you definitely won’t want to leave your room!
Have you ever ‘staycation-ed’ in your own city/area?