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Royal Garden Hotel
2-24 Kensington High St., London, W8 4PT
Phone: 207-937 8000
Fax: 207-361 1991

Commanding a View

You can have it all the next time you visit London: access to the city's greatest sights and nightlife and a commanding view of its serene parks and gardens from your lofty hotel room. After a renovation in 1996, the Royal Garden Hotel reopened to establish itself as one of the city's most contemporary hotels. The building's most dramatic points are its views, the marble lobby and raised Park Terrace restaurant. The assets don't stop there…enjoy live music every Saturday in The Tenth restaurant, a health club with a top London trainer, and world-class cuisine served with care. With all these features and Kensington Palace as a next-door neighbor, there's no reason why you can't have your cake and eat it too.

If the city's excitement leaves you feeling peckish, the chinese-inspired Min Jiang restaurant offers lunch and dinner, with special attention given to theater times. Located on the property's rooftop, it boasts views of Hyde Park and the London skyline and features seasonal menus. Min Jiang also houses its own bar. Park Terrace restaurant and bar are located on the lobby level and the restaurant serves a varied menu throughout the day. The views at Park Terrace are of Kensington Gardens and the driveway to Kensington Palace. Bertie's Bar overlooks the lobby and has Victorian décor and a library of books.

When the mood strikes you to exercise, Royal Garden extends a helping hand. Its health club and spa has personal trainers, nutritional analysis, beauty treatments, massage, a solarium, physical therapy and reflexology. When you're ready to venture out, the hotel is conveniently located near Royal Albert Hall, Victoria & Albert Museum, The Connoisseur Casino, antiques markets, and shops and restaurants on Kensington High Street.

Each of the 400 rooms in the hotel feature a desk area with a two-line phone and voice mail, fax and Internet access; air conditioning; satellite TV; mini-bar and hairdryer. Seating areas near the windows offer good views and bathrooms are luxurious. Suites are worth the extra quid, offering features such as dining rooms, kitchenettes, cloakrooms, CD players, VCRs and DVD players; opening windows; marble and wood accents; multiple bedrooms and conference tables.

Need space for a meeting? Ask the staff about the hotel's conference and meeting rooms; with 15,000 square feet of space you should be easily accommodated. In town for pleasure? Live it up with the services Royal Garden offers all its guests: a concierge, room service, business center, limousines, and florist, babysitting, valet for laundry and dry-cleaning, doctor and dentist on call, meet-and-greet at Heathrow Airport, and luggage unpacking. Whatever your preference, look no further than the Royal Garden Hotel…unless it's to gaze out the window.

(Updated: 07/17/08 DN)

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