A quintessentially British hotel in London

The Gore Hotel is located in London, Great Britain. This hotel is in one of the city’s most fashionable areas and dates from the XIXth century building which still conserves the classic Victorian décor and façade.

According to a legend, when a new law prohibited any hotels in the area, the family transformed their mansion into a large guest house. With some of the many rooms allotted for guests, the guest house managed to evade the no hotel law until it was no longer valid, and by this time the mansion was legally transformed into one of the city’s best hotels. Even nowadays the hotel is one of the favourite places to stay of many visitors and celebrities who seek some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life.

The hotel has 50 rooms which vary in size. The Double Queen Rooms are smaller rooms with a queensize bed, while the Tudor rooms are the most luxurious rooms at the hotel. There are several types of rooms at the hotel, such as Queen Double, Wonderful Double, Luxury Double, Deluxe and Tudor, all of them double rooms with a private bathroom and somewhat Victorian ornaments. All rooms have several characteristics in common, such as television sets and carved furniture coupled with an antique décor. The bed linen, towels and bathrobes belong to the Frette brand.

The Wonderful rooms and Queen rooms are standard double rooms. They are decorated with large gilded mirrors, sparkling chandeliers and antique style furniture. Price is around 180€ per room per night.

The Luxury Doubles are more spacious rooms which have a similar decoration to the standard rooms. These rooms hold huge oak beds and are equipped with more amenities than the standard rooms, which means that price per room is higher, at 219€ per night.

The Deluxe rooms are large rooms with plenty of living space. Each one of these rooms has a different theme and decorations, and a room costs around 270€ per night.

The Lady Blessington room is decorated according to the taste of this lady who stayed at the hotel during the Victorian era and organized many intellectual soirées for famous writers, such as Charles Dickens or Hans Christian Andersen. The room has an enormous bed with a mirror on the headboard, and it’s adjoining black marble bathroom has a separate shower and bathtub.

Miss Ada’s room used to be the room of one of the first owners of the hotel. This comfortable room is best known for its bathroom, a mahogany covered room with a throne in the middle. The master bedroom is decorated in what is traditionally seen as a Victorian style.

Miss Fanny’s room is the room that used to belong to Miss Ada’s sister. The main bedroom is full of brightly coloured curtains, carpets and upholstery coupled with antique portraits, while the bathroom is decorated in a Victorian style with mahogany panels and a throne.

The Judy Garland room is one of the most luxurious rooms at this hotel. The bedroom holds a large, carved, wooden bed covered in golden paint, and the decorations in this spacious room have a touch reminiscent of a Wizard of Oz scene. The bathroom walls are covered in hand painted tiles.

The Dame Nellie room is a grand room decorated with gilded furniture, intricate ornaments and heavy velvet curtains. This room is named in honour of a XIXth century artist, and because of the hotel’s proximity to the Royal Albert Hall, over the years it has become one of the favourite rooms for musicians and other artists to stay in. The bathroom has a huge marble bathtub flanked by statues of Venus and Adonis. Price is around 430€ per night.

The Tudor room is an enormous room fashioned in the same way the grand mansions were decorated during the reign of the Tudors. This room has high ceilings, elaborate chandeliers and a huge stone chimney. There is antique furniture stationed around the room under huge portraits. The adjoining bathroom has a separate copper shower and a large clawfoot bathtub.

The hotel has its own bar, Bar 190, and a small bistro, Bistro 190. Both serve a mix of typical dishes from several European countries and have a Gothic interior. Private areas can be reserved for private events and special occasions.

There are three air conditioned meeting rooms at the hotel. These spacious rooms have XXIst century technological gadgets discreetly integrated in the XIXth century décor. The Tapestry room is a large meeting room with two chimneys and gilded portraits hanging both in the lounge and in the library. The Mulberry room is the most formal hall, with wooden panels and decorative chandeliers. The Green room is a traditional conference room with a capacity of up two 18 people, a fireplace and a small library.

Right above the hotel’s impressive staircase guests will find a small balcony which has been remodelled into a business centre. Guests will be able to use the computers, fax machines and printers.

The hotel is located between Kensington and Knightsbridge. Guests will be able to stroll in Hyde Park or visit some of the nearby museums, such as the National History Museum. The hotel is only a few minutes away from Harrods and the Royal Albert Hall.

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