Hopefully my headline has made you read at least this far – as was my intention – because I need to use Tripadvisor to shout out a warning to as many people as possible who may be thinking of booking the penthouse flat in The Harrington. It’s vital you read on as I want to save you a lot of money!
Seeing this online the flat looked great, and was isolated at the top of the building with great views across London and 2 huge balconies. And it was all those things. Upon getting to the room it was light, bright, very well designed with everything you could need. It was indeed the only accommodation on the 6th floor also, so there would be little or no interference coming from noisy neighbours. The balconies were huge with great views of the London skyline, however, our first bugbear appeared at this point, as there was no seating or table on the balcony – it was empty of any furniture. This seemed mighty tight fisted. They must have spent a fortune on the room, but to not add simple outdoor furniture was a missed trick. So during the day all seemed well. We had our air con on, and the doors open, and although a bit noisy we were looking forward to a quiet night’s sleep. What we didn’t realise was that at night the flat turned into a cathedral of noise – and no, I’m not kidding.
Once we settled in to sleep and turned off the air con and closed the doors, there was a constant loud hum coming from somewhere. It was very noisy and full of vibration – so much so it rattled the crockery and glasses in the kitchen cupboards. I therefore had to remove these from the cupboard to stop them shaking. I also separated the glasses from one another to stop them vibrating against one another, only to find, 5 minutes later, they had migrated back to their staring position and were knocking into each other again. That’s how bad the vibration from somewhere was. So I searched the room and quickly found the source of the noise.
Keep in mind at this point, that this room was isolated on top of the building. And where do you think the lift shaft workings are placed? Yep, on top of the building. But instead of designing a room separate from this, they had incorporated the lift shaft mechanism INTO the room, separated only by a sliding glass security door and a flimsy wall. Now, understanding a bit about lifts I know that acoustics and elevators is a whole area of noise concern for architects, and to sound proof these workings requires a great deal of effort, particularly when it comes to the transmission of vibration through walls. Well, let me state now that this place failed miserably. The vibration was awful – as described – and the noise just as bad. Please keep in mind I stay at one or two hotels weekly, and have done so for 20 years of being a businessman. And this place was the WORST experience of noise I have ever come across, by far. In fact I always carry earplugs for a noisy room, and they always work. But even with earplugs going into my ear canal AND silicon ear buds pressed into my outer ear (over the inner ear plugs) was not enough to supress the noise. And it didn’t matter anyway as the vibration was so bad you could feel it.
So I repeat – are you thinking of booking the penthouse? DON’T. Unless you can sleep in any conditions from a really noisy room through to a vibrating wall, really do not think about coming here.
So what happened next? Naturally I went to reception (it was 1.30am at this point) and luckily the hotel was not fully booked, so we moved to another room. We saw Simon, the manager, the next morning and he moved us out and into a large one bedroom flat, which was excellent on his behalf. I have to say I thought Simon a thoroughly excellent manager. Without his contriteness I would have made a big issue out of this, but he placated my wife and I by being genuinely apologetic and giving us an upgraded flat. However, I felt the penthouse was uninhabitable, and should be removed from listing until it can be sound proofed correctly.
However, another warning is needed, as our flat – right on Harrington Road – was also noisy with road noise, traffic noise and people noise pretty much all night. With too small a bed the whole thing was uncomfortable and we left here a day early as we were too knackered to stay!
So the whole place was noisy really, and totally didn’t suit us. Some hotels are just like this, but I maintain I can put up with them by the judicious use of simple earplugs. But the penthouse was a different animal. You have been warned.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in chic South Kensington, just two minutes' walk from Gloucester Road station and with many shops and a wide variety of restaurants in the immediate vicinity, The Harrington - 1 Harrington Gardens is a collection of spacious serviced apartments including studio apartments, one bedroom apartments and two bedroom apartments. Designed and furnished in a contemporary style, your serviced apartment provides much more space and many more facilities than a London hotel room at excellent value in one of the best central London locations. Travel direct to other parts of central London as well as from London Heathrow and from the Gatwick Express at Victoria Station. Most of London's main museums, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and exclusive shopping in Knightsbridge are all within walking distance. Your apartment is air conditioned and has a comfortable lounge and dining area, a well equipped kitchen or kitchenette and has flat screen TV with satellite channels and newly boosted free Wifi. Make The Harrington - 1 Harrington Gardens your London address. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avni Luxury Serviced Apartments Hotel London