Based in the aptly named ‘BARKston Gardens’ area of Kensington, this boutique hotel has recognised that dogs are an important part of their guest’s lives and, with more people opting to take their pets on holiday with them, Hotel Indigo has made the wise decision to ensure that anyone travelling with a canine companion can do so without having to settle for substandard accommodation; there are absolutely no compromises at Hotel Indigo Kensington!
From the moment we entered the hotel, Elsa was treated with the utmost respect and care, just like any other guest. She was greeted warmly at reception and responded with a grateful wag of her tail. Check-in was effortless and we were shown to our (ground-floor) room immediately, so Elsa didn’t get restless waiting around.
Dogs are made to feel right at home with their own special pillow, food bowls, complimentary treats and, Elsa’s favourite thing of all: a running water fountain!
The room was very spacious and instead of it being fully-carpeted there was a single rug, so any little pawprints or water drips were easy to clean up. The walk-in shower in the ensuite bathroom also made washing off dusty paws a very easy job. The rooms are also air-conditioned which made Elsa much more comfortable after a long, hot day.
Human guests can also expect to find everything that they might need in their stylishly decorated room: from a large, cosy bed to a fully stocked mini-bar, tea & coffee with snacks, room-service facilities, robes, toiletries, a safe, television, radio and complimentary wi-fi access.
Dinner | Theo's Simple Italian
Theo's Simple Italian is integrated into the hotel with an open, spacious seating area and, since you have to walk through it to get to the hotel rooms anyway, it makes sense that it is also dog-friendly. Click here to read more about this restaurant and our meal.
You can order breakfast to be brought to your room, but we decided to sit in the restaurant with Elsa. There was a very wide selection to choose from including a full-English cooked breakfast and classics like French Toast, along with various continental meats, cheeses, pastries, fruit, cereals and fresh juices.
The hotel is situated on a quiet street with a pleasant view of Barkston Gardens opposite. Unfortunately these gardens are not open to the public, nor are any of the other green areas shown on the map around the hotel (Bramham Gardens, Courtfield Gardens etc.) [Luckily Elsa will also relieve herself on cobblestones/ gravel and there are gravelly areas at the base of most of the trees planted along the roads.]
If you have a dog that needs a bit of grass to relieve themselves, then your best bet is the nearby Brompton Cemetery (approx. 10 minutes walk from the hotel) where there are some areas of grass near the entrance. There are signs that indicate which paths dogs are allowed to walk on through the cemetery and (without sounding morbid) it’s a very pleasant and peaceful place to take a stroll and seemed to be very popular with dog owners as well as people out jogging!
We found a bench in Brompton Cemetery with a beautiful dog-inspired inscription too:
The hotel is within easy walking distance of most of Chelsea and Kensington, we walked from Kensington Palace Gardens to the hotel and it only took about 20 minutes. We were fortunate enough to meet up with a couple of Paws across Britain Pack Members there too... Elsa had lots of fun with Barnaby and Miss Darcy and enjoyed making some new friends including George and Freddie!
Nearby Dog Shops & Grooming Salons
If you need to pick up some dog food, treats, accessories or would like to book your pooch in for a spruce up while you are in London then you have plenty of options within walking distance of Hotel Indigo, including:
As much as I love to travel, I also usually enjoy returning home and I don’t often suffer from post-holiday blues, but I did after this trip!
We arrived with high expectations and these were completely surpassed by the service that we received along with the relaxed, friendly atmosphere at the hotel.
All in all, we had such a wonderful time in London thanks to Hotel Indigo and Theo’s Simple Italian and we'd highly recommend both the hotel and restaurant to anyone looking for outstanding dog-friendly venues in central London!
Hotel Indigo | Kensington
34-44 Barkston Gardens, Kensington, London SW5 0EW