It’s been years since I have spent the weekend in London so when I was asked if we would like to spend the night at The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington I was thrilled. The fact that we were invited to stay on Mother’s Day weekend made it feel even more special. We had the most amazing family adventure.
The Royal Garden Hotel is an incredible 5 star hotel with the most amazing views over Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace. Even with the cloudy weekend we had we still had the most stunning views and my daughter thought it was wonderful that she could see a palace where a real princess lived!
The Royal Garden Hotel is the perfect base for a family adventure in the London, it is right next to the fabulous Kensington Gardens and the Diana Memorial Playground is only a short walk away. Or a short scoot away as the Royal Garden hotel has micro scooters and helmets (adult and child size) available for guests to use so that they can make the most of having such an amazing area to explore right next to the hotel.
In fact, having left home in the rain, we made the most of the dry weather and spent Saturday lunch time in the Diana Memorial Playground. My daughter borrowed a pink Micro Scooter and helmet from the hotel and we had a wonderful adventure. and one of the best ice creams I have had in ages. The Royal Garden Hotel were kind enough to look after our luggage whilst we played in the park, (how amazing is that pirate ship!) and enjoyed some ice creams.
We headed back to the hotel at 2pm to check in, check in was quick and all of the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. We were shown to our rooms and my daughter squealed with delight upon discovering the wigwam in our rooms. The wigwam really made my daughter’s stay perfect, not only as she discovered a cute teddy in there (who has been named Princess Charlotte) but because it meant she had her own space to read and relax in after the chaos of London and the underground.
In fact she spent most of Saturday evening camped in her wigwam with Princess Charlotte, her favourite book Interstellar Cinderella, and of course the incredible children’s welcome back that young guests receive when they check in at The Royal Garden Hotel. I love that the logo on the backpack and water bottle says ‘A Royal Treat for Children’ my daughter felt very special during her stay and I think this was a big part of that.
The welcome pack for children really is incredible, in their very own rucksack they receive a waterbottle, a set of pencils and a notepad, a poncho (to ensure that no matter what the weather they can make the post of the park!) a little flashlight key ring and a Princess (or Pirate) activity pack which contains a colouring book, a jigsaw, a mask, a game, a finger puppet, a door hanger, and more crayons. It kept her busy for hours, it was so well thought out. It also included a child friendly map of the immediate area surrounding the hotel, giving us an idea of what child friendly stuff we could get up to during our stay. It also informed us of how long the walk/tube journeys were – this is so important and it was a really nice touch, which made our weekend adventure so much less stressful.
Once we turned the TV on my daughter did peek out of the Wigwam to watch a movie, which was part of the truly amazing Food and Flicks package. This gives you 24 hours of unlimited movies to watch and a family sized platter of food to eat whilst you are enjoying the films. The platter came with a whole range of savoury and sweet food, including; pizza wheels, chunky chips, Toblerone fondue, fruit skewers and ice-cream.
The Food and Flicks package was incredible, there were so many movies to choose from… there was literally something there for everyone. My daughter enjoyed Cars 3 whilst we were eating and once she had gone to bed my husband and I watched Blade Runner 2049. I loved that we could enjoy such a cozy family evening, or to use my husband native tongue such a ‘hyggelig’ evening. We only needed to give an hours notice for the family platter, which was brought up to our room right on time. Everything on there was so tasty, especially the Toblerone fondue!
Our rooms were incredible and the views were stunning. We had two rooms joined by a lobby. The Master bedroom had the biggest, comfiest bed I have ever seen, along with a space for me to work (or rather a place for me to sit and get distracted by the views and all of the people I could see in Kensington Gardens), a large TV, and an ensuite bathroom which included both a walk in shower and a bath. There was also a separate toilet too.
The second room, had the wigwam, a sofa bed and a dining table big enough for 4 people. Everything was spacious, and well thought out. The wigwam was a really nice touch and it helped my daughter to feel a lot more settled than she usually does when we are travelling. We were also able to request that her bed was set up earlier than the usual 7pm as she was so tired from the travelling and usually goes to bed about 6.30pm, it was lovely to have this option so that she didn’t get over tired, or fall asleep in our bed and then have to be moved.
We decided to have our Mother’s Day breakfast in our room, so we could have a lovely lazy start to the day (helped by the fact that check out isn’t until 12 noon, meaning there was no mad rush to get packed and ready to go). The breakfast menu was incredible, there were so many options to choose from and everything was cooked to perfection. I had the nicest poached eggs I have ever eaten and I have never seen my daughter eat so much for breakfast, so I know she loved it too.
After breakfast we then left the Royal Garden Hotel so we could visit the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, these are only a short walk away (or two tube stops) from the hotel and they were incredible. I will be sharing the adventure we had at these two amazing museums in another post. The fact that we stayed at The Royal Garden Hotel meant that we were close enough to walk and spend as long as we wanted there without worrying about navigating the tube. After we had finished at the Science Museum we headed back to the hotel to collect our luggage, which the wonderful staff had been happy to look after for us again.
It’s obvious that a lot of thought has gone in to ensuring that a stay at The Royal Garden Hotel is the perfect family friendly experience from your arrival and the awesome children’s Welcome Pack right through to the Food and Flicks Package and the late checkout of 12 noon. I have never come across hotel staff as friendly and helpful as the ones who looked after us during our stay at the Royal Garden Hotel. They were incredibly professional and they all took time to talk to my daughter and really engage with her. She had an incredible time this weekend and she really didn’t want to leave!
The Royal Garden Hotel really does get full marks from us – we had an amazing weekend and I honestly cannot think of a single thing that could have made our trip better. If you like the sound of the Royal Garden Hotel and are planning a trip to London then you should definitely check out the Royal Garden Hotel website. There are also a number of benefits of booking direct, including the best rate for their rooms and a chance for their team to ensure that you have a trip that is tailored towards you and your family. This can be anything from ensuring that special occasion is extra special to making sure that your room is ready when you need it if you have an early flight. There are lots of ways that the Royal Garden hotel can make sure that it’s not just the children that have a Royal Treat when staying there!
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We received a complimentary one night stay at the Royal Garden Hotel with the Food and Flicks package and breakfast for the purpose of this review, however all opinions and words are my own.