Not all five star hotels are welcoming to families, but thankfully The Ampersand Hotel in London is an exception.
The Ampersand being in arguably the best bit of west London. South Kensington tube station is across the street, literally. Brilliant restaurants, cafés and bars are a dime a dozen. As for culture, you’re minutes away from the ‘Museum Mile’ of the National History Museum, the Science Museum and the V&A, as well as the Royal Albert Hall, which has inspired the hotel’s botanical, music and astronomy-themed interiors.
Do you like birds, botany, architecture, geometry, music or astronomy? Pick your room accordingly: each category has a different theme, inspired by nearby tourist-magnets: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria & Albert and the Royal Albert Hall. Some of the second-floor rooms face a primary school, which can be a bit noisy at playtime: book one facing the front for peace and quiet (and the best street views).
The suites here come with small kitchenettes to give you the flexibility you need when feeding tiny mouths. Two of these suites can also be interconnected to Deluxe Rooms, which works well for those travelling larger families.
Cots and extra beds can be added for free to the Deluxe rooms and higher categories.
Amenities include complimentary WiFi, tea-making facilities and soft drinks, 24-hour room service, LCD TVs with movies on demand, a media hub, laptop safe, air-conditioning, an iPod dock and Nespresso machine. Toiletries are by L’Occitane.
Babysitting can be arranged (prices vary, depending on the time of day and number of children).
The hotel has a games room – dominated by a ping-pong table which older kids and adults alike will be thrilled to discover. But what’s really great is the hotel’s location – it’s just around the corner from the V&A, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, three of London’s superior family attractions.
Part English drawing room, part ‘salon de thé’, with deep sofas and studded armchairs in scarlet velvets and kingfisher blues, The Drawing Rooms is the place to enjoy pretty pastries, exceptional teas, freshly-pressed coffees and Afternoon Tea.
The Drawing Rooms are open from 9am until 11pm Monday to Sunday. Pastries and Cakes are also available for take away.
Afternoon Tea is served from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday (and Bank Holiday), and from 12.30pm to 5.30pm during weekends.
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