Where: The Ampersand Hotel
Rating: 5 Stars *****
Stayed: March 2017
Location: South Kensington, London
These days, as a London resident, my local hotel visits are limited to dining in on-site restaurants or meeting out of town friends and family in the lobby. It had been a long time since I’d stepped foot in a room, so I was delighted when I was given the opportunity to stay for a night in The Ampersand Hotel.
Opened in 2012, The Ampersand is a 111 roomed boutique hotel, housed in an imposing 5-floor Victorian building in South Kensington.
The style of decor is modern, but care has been taken to preserve and incorporate traditional elements of the building’s design.
On arrival and throughout my short stay, the staff couldn’t have been friendlier or more welcoming. Check in & check out were swift and I was upgraded from a ‘Deluxe Room’ to a ‘Suite.’
For those who want to eat in house, there is a charming French-style Drawing Room where afternoon tea is served. Alas, there were no dairy-free or vegan options on offer when I visited so I was unable to partake.
Breakfast is served between 6:30 & 10:30am (weekdays) in the downstairs Mediterranean restaurant, Apero. They offer both a cooked food menu and an ample continental selection: bread, ham, cheeses, pastries, cereals, yoghurt, fruits smoothies and juices. All the things which you would expect, along with a full range of tea and coffee options. Everything that I tried tasted good quality and flavoursome. I came down to eat at 7am and had the place to myself for 20 minutes to read the papers peacefully before other guests filtered in.