Monarch House, Kensington, London

THE APARTMENT: A collection of 48 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, privately owned and opened in 1987. Monarch House is a member of ASAP, the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers.


THE CHECK-IN: The apartments were conveniently located on the corner of Earls Court Road and Kensington High Street with parking underneath accessed on Earls Court Road. There is also a 24-hour reception accessed from Kensington High Street. The paperwork was completed quickly and I was handed the apartment keys.

THE APARTMENT: Mine was a three-bed apartment on the third floor and it was big! The master bedroom had a super-king size bed, digital TV, sofa and expansive storage. The ensuite bathroom had a walk-in rainforest shower and toiletries. The second bedroom had twin beds, sofa and plenty of storage. Bedroom three was also sizeable with a king-sized bed, digital TV, DVD players, player, chaise longue, good storage and access to a balcony. Its ensuite had a walk-in rainforest shower. There was a separate bathroom off the hall with bath and shower. Ironing board, iron, clothes maiden, a set of steps and extra towels were also included. The large lounge was tastefully furnished with a three-piece suite, coffee table, dining suite for six, digital TV, DVD player, stereo system, desk and lots of storage. Sliding doors opened onto a roof terrace with rattan style furniture. The kitchen was well equipped with table and chairs, dishwasher, washerdryer, microwave and coffee machine.

THE FACILITIES: The property has a 24-hour reception/concierge service, secure parking underneath, a daily maid service with a twice-weekly linen change, free wifi and room service provided by an outside caterer.

THE VERDICT: A very spacious property for a very comfortable stay. The parking was a real bonus, close to the tube and the concierge was extremely helpful, resolving a couple of small issues quickly.

THE DETAILS: Monarch House, 241 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6EL. Prices from £200 per night for a one-bed apartment, £300 for a two-bed apartment and £400 for a three-bed apartment (prices exclude VAT); or see:

Reviewed by David Clare (2014)