I was going through some things the other day as a part of Quarantine Cleaning/Culling, and found an old notebook from when I first went to London. My high school's marching band was invited to march in the 1999 London's New Year's Day Parade, so we were there from the last days of December 1998 to the first days of January 1999.
Anyways, according to the notebook, we stayed at the Kensington Hotel. But when I googled this, what came up was a very posh hotel that the band neither could have afforded nor likely been welcomed at. So I ask you, dear Forum Members, for help in locating my Kensington Hotel.
Here is what I remember. It was - well, actually, it was a standard Rick Steves hotel. I remember the elevators were tiny and slow. The wood was heavy and dark. The bedrooms were nice and clean and old without being run-down, if that makes sense. The bedding matched but wasn't like a big chain hotel. It felt homey. I remember my mom and another mom ordering coffee to their room and it seemed so elegant. The light-up sign out front read KENSINGTON vertically, with HOTEL horizontal at the bottom. We were walking distance to Kensington Palace, because I remember visiting the gardens. In fact, I am almost positive we were on the road across from Kensington Gardens, because I remember the bus always parking across the street and there were no buildings behind it. And it was a fairly busy street, not a side street.
Is this ringing any bells? Or has quarantine finally driven me mad?
Thank you in advance!