Checking out the Point West Apartments


When we say we check out the apartments, we don't just walk around, we sometimes stay for a night (or two) to see if our guests are getting the good night's sleep they are expecting.

One of our recent "nights-out" were at the Point West Apartments in Kensington. It has been a favourite for many clients over the years, who only pick this block (out of the 1000s listed on our site) when they stay in London for business or holidays.

Making sure that the Point West was still ticking all the right boxes, this time was Jane, Melisa and Mariana from our team.

Here are some of their observations and thoughts:




As there were three of us, we booked a two bedroom apartment and a one bedroom apartment. Shortly after the booking confirmation, we received our check-in instructions which also informed us to let the Duty Manager know of our arrival time.

Point West is one of the noticeably large buildings in the area with its multi-storey cluster of blocks accessed via a sloping driveway right around the corner from the huge Sainsbury supermarket. Gloucester Road Station is 2 minutes away and it is a bustling area of tourists and office workers during the day.


Check in process


At the reception a welcoming face greeted us and guided us through two sets of lifts to our apartments on the 7th floor in the south part of the building. Her name was Irina and she showed us around and answered all the questions we had knowledgeably. Two sets of lifts are unusual, we thought that too, but directions are marked along the corridor and you also have the apartment representatives on-site should you need any assistance.

Inside, we were handed useful instructions and shown how to turn on the heating and where to find the WiFi router. For security reasons we were asked to show our photographic ID when we were given our sets of keys. We were certainly very happy with the quality of the meet and greet service.



Apartment facilities 

You can see that the apartments are freshly cleaned and fully equipped with neatly arranged furnishings from the minute you step in.

The spaciousness of the deluxe one bedroom apartment really wowed me. Even though I offer this apartment to many Check-in-London clients on a daily basis, it's very unusual to come across such a large unit in a mid-range price category.

The two bedroom flat was spacious too and came with built-in wardrobes, an in-room safe and portable air-conditioning units. It also had a small balcony facing internally which could be accessed from both bedrooms.


Balcony


My favourite part of the apartment was the living room. After preparing our breakfast every morning, we loved sitting on the dining table and enjoying a great view of Kensington's pretty rooftops.



The lighting in some rooms could be adjusted depending on your mood (or the London weather, which is often a bit dull and rainy) and the the living and dining area was all set up with plates, bowls, glasses and napkins, just waiting for us to make ourselves at home.



There was a delicious (and might I add "healthy") welcome pack sitting on the table with fresh fruits. The large windows flooded the room with light during the day which was really nice.


The kitchen in the two bedroom apartment was on the smaller side, but large enough to whip up a delicious meal. It had almost everything we could think of, as well as the essentials like a cork scew opener, tin opener and most importantly a pizza cutter (as we planned to have pizza that night). Even the oven, which we weren't sure would accommodate our extra large pizza from Sainsbury, passed our test.

The one bedroom apartment kitchen was newly renovated and was also set up with a practical welcome pack and tea and coffee and fresh milk (which was a great touch). The efficient dishwasher helped us clean up effortlessly after our meals.




The bathroom in the two bedroom apartment was a decent size with a bathtub, power shower and a chair for those who wanted to be seated during a bath. Free toiletries were there (just like a hotel) and there were six towels (even for a two nights' stay).

The deluxe one bedroom apartment had a newly refurbished bathroom with a roomy bath, big shower head (the kind that makes you feel like you are under a waterfall), beautifully fitted tiles with dimmed lights around the mirror. 





The beds were laid out perfectly in both apartments with colour-coordinated pillows all neatly positioned on top of some fresh bed linen. It was also nice to see so much storage with large fitted wardrobes that could easily fit all my clothes in (especially if I stayed there on a long term basis).




One thing I really liked about the apartment were little touches like paintings, sculptures, fruit bowls and plants that make you feel at home far away from home.


Neighbourhood


This neighbourhood has really got it all. Right on your doorstep are two major supermarkets, Sainsbury and Waitrose, perfect for weekly grocery shopping. If you feel like a meal out, there's Italian, American, Turkish, Chinese, Indian, Portugese and many more to choose from. The cosy eatery with English food called Muriel's Kitchen right across the station is a nice stop or there's everyone's favourite, Nandos! For a more sophisticated night, try one of the arty bars nearby like The Jam Cupboard.

Walk along Cromwell Road and you will certainly hold your breath when you see the spectacular facade of the Gothic Natural History Museum followed by the Victoria and Albert Museum, perfect for arts and culture lovers.



If you're lucky and the sun is shining, rent one of the Satander bikes (mounted at various cycle bays in the area) and cycle around Hyde Park. It is easier than it looks!

For the best shopping, catch a bus to Knightsbridge or walk (25 minutes) until you see the famous Harrods department store (you can't miss it), If designer shopping isn't your cup of tea, then maybe the quirky boutiques of King's Road in Chelsea would impress you.


Check out 


In the apartments there is a guest handbook with all the directions to various locations and the check out process is also clearly explained. It's quite simple. Guests have to leave the apartment at any time before the standard check out time and keep the keys in the apartment itself when checking out. We did just that.



Verdict 

All in all it did feel like a four star apartment experience and I can see why so many of our clients love staying here. I can highly recommend the Point West Apartments to anyone who is looking for a homey and spacious apartment at a reasonable rate in a great location close to all attractions in South Kensington and Knightsbridge.

Business travellers should take into consideration that the apartment's location is easily accessible to finance centres and commercial hubs around the capital with direct train connections to Liverpool Street , Westminster, Fleet Street and Tower Bridge. Also, the living area of the apartments is quite spacious so it would be perfectly suited for any important meetings with clients.

 Holiday makers would love the closeness of the apartments to some of the main tourist attractions that are around the area and the convenience of transport like to visit other key hotspots like Oxford Circus, Buckingham Palace, London Eye and Covent Garden. The two bedroom apartments are suitable for families with children as there are separate bedrooms, twin beds (on request), a large living and dining area and a smart lightening system that can be useful for children during the night.


An enormous Thank You to Crown Lawn team for making us feel special! 

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