Our Stay at the The Royal Garden Hotel

Two weekends ago we were lucky enough to visit the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington. We were invited along to try out their Food & Flicks package for families. Having always wanted to spend time in that area of London we were very excited by the chance to explore the parks and museums.

We decided to drive into London since the hotel conveniently has an NCP carpark underneath. With Kipper at the age he is, it was much easier than getting the train and juggling luggage and the buggy on the underground. We received a warm welcome by the receptionist who gave each of the boys their own rucksack activity bag. Cue super excited kids. After which we were shown to our room. Cue super excited adults when we were shown into one of their Park Suite Rooms. Boasting stunning panoramic views of Kensington Gardens.

The room wasn’t really a room at all, it was more like a mini apartment. It had its own hall, huge bathroom with both a bath and a rain shower, separate lounge, dining area and spacious bedroom. Over 600 square foot of luxury. It was perfect for our stay and ideal for families as the sofa in the lounge turned into a bed for Monkey. Our bedroom had plenty of space for the wooden cot. Each room also had a desk area with comfortable seating and amazing views across the park.

After leaving our bags we headed straight out to the Science Museum which was a very easy 15 minute walk away. You can even walk some of the way through the park and pass the Albert Memorial and the Albert Hall. Which I’ve heard and seen so much about on the television but never (despite working in London) from the outside before. When we arrived at the museum we discovered that they had additional bookable activities as well. Monkey and Hubby tried out the Red Arrows Simulator and we all booked to the IMAX to see the Under the Sea. After which the kids enjoyed the interactive areas of the museum. We had planned to go along to the natural History Museum. However we found so much to do at our first stop that we never made it.

Before we settled into the room for the night we decided to try out the Bertie’s Bar. It was a relaxed atmosphere with big comfy arm chairs. Between them the boys devoured three pots of olives with their apple juices. They also enjoyed their little back packs which contained a pirate activity pack each, a pad with colouring pencils, torch and water bottle. I don’t think I have ever seen them so quiet as they drew in the pads together. It made a nice change to be able to have a relaxing drink.

When we headed back up to the room the boys were in for another surprise. While we had been out the bed had been turned down and there had been a special addition to their room. A wigwam play tent from Brig Game Hunters. After speaking with a child psychologist the clever people at the Royal Garden Hotel decided to add these to family bookings. The wigwam play tent creates a child’s very own play space. Which is even more valuable for when children are away from home in an unfamiliar place. Both boys loved the wigwam on sight. I think its a great idea and shows that the hotel has really thought about its younger guests.

We ordered the food and flicks package as soon as we got back up stairs as they say it can take an hour for the food to come. Although ours arrived after about 45 minutes. With triple cooked chips, fish gougons which were lovely and chunky, chicken wings, dough balls and mini pizzas there was plenty for the four of us to share. Dessert consisted of Toblerone fondu! If your children were older though you would probably need to supplement the meal. There is a wide range of room service options to choose from. Plus an extensive Lebanese food which sounded delicious. There was over fifty films to choose from and you can watch them for free over the 24 hour period. Which is just as well since the boys were so exhausted after their adventure they only made the first five minuted before crashing out. Naturally they woke early and made the most of it.

After making the most of the fluffy white towels and robes we headed down for breakfast which is served in the Park Terrace Restaurant. Breakfast was very impressive and probably the best we have had in a beautiful setting. One side of the restaurant is predominately windows which lets in such a lot of light. We started with the large selection of fruit Kipper in particular enjoyed the strawberries. There was also a wide selection of yogurts, cheese, meat, dried fruit, cereals and pastries. It was hard to make a decision.

There was also a full cooked breakfast with three different types of sausages, eggs anyway you could think of and a chef making omelettes on demand. Monkey opted for an omelette fascinated by the cooking process and super impressed he could pick his own ingredients.

The hotel also offers the option to hire scooters free of charge, so after breakfast that is exactly what we did. Heading into Kensington Gardens to explore. Walking around looking at all the the things in the park in the sun was very relaxing. Made easier with having the scooter with us. The hotel also has adult scooter, but since Kipper is a little young we decided only to get one for Monkey.

We really enjoyed our stay at the Royal Garden Hotel. They have gone above and beyond to make it a pleasurable experience for the kids which by default makes it a great experience for the parents. We loved or stay so much that I have out a little video together below.

 

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33 Comments

  1. Keri Jones
    May 29, 2018 / 3:24 pm

    Wow, it sounds absolutely amazing. The kid-friendly touches are wonderful. The tee pee, pirate pack and the renting of scooters are such thoughtful ideas and will make kids feel more at home instead of wary about staying in a strange place.
    I really want to stay there now, it sounds awesome x

  2. Claire Murden
    May 30, 2018 / 4:49 am

    This looks stunning, love the Wigwam in the room too. How fabulous. Thanks for the thorough feedback, it’s great to read your reviews for ideas.

  3. May 30, 2018 / 6:13 am

    They are some lovely extras that they provide and i love a hotel breakfast. wonderful to hear a hotel making such a effort for famalies #bloggerckubuk

  4. May 30, 2018 / 7:34 am

    Wow, what a great concept! Whenever we go to a hotel, my two want to just stay in the room and eat the breakfast! This looks great for a relaxed trip to London, would make the train trip bearable to have this at the end of it #BloggerClubUK

  5. May 30, 2018 / 8:42 am

    What a fab time you seemed to have had in London. I must admit I’ve been put off by staying in a hotel with a toddler but that looks great! #BloggerClubUK

  6. May 30, 2018 / 9:51 am

    I’ve visited the hotel a number of times for conferences and the like but never actually stayed – it’s a very nice place in the public areas, for sure. The location is brilliant too for so many London attractions and it’s a bonus being right next door to the park. Glad you enjoyed your stay! #BloggerClubUK

  7. Margaret Gallagher
    May 30, 2018 / 10:16 am

    What a place ! Certainly a place I’ll consider visiting – hadnt heard of it till now

  8. Tracy Nixon
    May 30, 2018 / 11:12 am

    Lovely photos – looks a reat place to stay with kids – plenty of facilities and things to do!

  9. May 30, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    Oh that tent is so cute I think even I would want to go in it. Looks like a fun wee break. 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  10. Annabel Greaves
    May 30, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    Looks fun

  11. May 30, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    This looks like the most perfect hotel to stay with children, I love how child-friendly it sounds. The flicks and food package sounds perfect for families, my children would love that x

  12. May 30, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    That sounds like a wonderful place for families. The wigwam tent is such a great idea and I’d love to try out their food and flicks package. #bloggerclubuk

  13. May 30, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    This looks like a delightful place to stay, love the wigwam and the food looks amazing #bloggerclubuk

  14. May 30, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    What a fabulous stay, and those views! I love a visit to London but I’m not sure I coud leave the hotel with all they had on offer. How lovely #BloggerClubUK

  15. May 30, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    This hotel looks gorgeous!! #BloggerClubUK

  16. Rosemary Tily
    May 31, 2018 / 7:58 am

    An excellent place to stay and the thought that has gone into making it more kid friendly will be really appreciated by parents – I love the idea of the tee-pee, children love having their own den!

  17. May 31, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    What an incredibly brilliant hotel! Offering amenities that suit families with kids is amazing! I have never heard of a hotel going above and beyond for a family like that!
    #BloggerClubUK

  18. May 31, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    This looks amazing. I’m visiting London for the first time later this year and have no idea where to stay so this is really useful. #BloggerClubUK

  19. June 1, 2018 / 7:40 am

    Great review. I love finding family friendly hotels. Definitely keeping the Royal Garden Hotel in mind when we are next in London. #BloggerClubUK

  20. June 2, 2018 / 10:29 am

    This looks an amazing place to stay. I’m sure that “room” is bigger than my house!
    #bloggerclubuk

  21. Lorna Ledger
    June 4, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    WoW! very very nice, this is how I would love to stay! Love the food, and love how the room was, also close to the parks. Glad you had a great time. Very impressive.

  22. June 4, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    We were in the area not so long ago taking in the museums and loved it too #BloggerClubUK

  23. June 4, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    Always good to get real and true reviews of places to stay. Have visited for a function but am yet to stay overnight at this one #BloggerClubUK

  24. June 6, 2018 / 7:14 am

    Love the idea of a food and flicks getaway plus the extras for the children in the hotel is a lovely touch to make the stay extra special. #bloggerclubuk

  25. Susan B
    June 12, 2018 / 9:07 am

    Very brave driving into London but far more practical than travelling with children on public transport. I had no idea this hotel offered was so child friendly so it’s great to read your review. Lovely pics. Thank you.

  26. Jeanette Leighton
    June 12, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    Wow looks fab wouldn’t mind staying in their…. Saying that the last time I stayed in a hotel I was a girl

  27. paula cheadle
    June 14, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    looks an amazing place to stay, with lots to do and see

  28. kris mc
    June 17, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    Wow looks amazing!

  29. June 21, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    Lovely hotel and nice that there was plenty for the children to do . I watched your video and as its going into the bar it looked like the one on the titanic film !

  30. Ruth Harwood
    June 22, 2018 / 5:06 am

    looks wonderful! love a good hotel, really helps me recharge! xx

  31. Pam Francis Gregory
    June 25, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    Wow looks wonderful!

  32. Jeanette Leighton
    June 30, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    I’d go and stay just for the breakfast I love a cooked breakfast

  33. Tracy Nixon
    July 11, 2018 / 4:48 am

    This looks a great place to stay! What a lovely experience for your boys!

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