KENSINGTON CLOSE HOLIDAY INN.
I've been off work for a while, so this may not be cutting edge news. I had a job to the Copthorne Tara Hotel last night and noticed that the Kensington Close Hotel, had a new look and been rebranded as another Holiday Inn Kensington.
I parked outside and went in to see if the new management was ok with drivers using the facilities.
But when I got inside I noticed a large sign on the reception, advising their patrons that the management would be more than happy to provide the guests with the 'Hotels car service, for all their transportation needs, giving prices to Heathrow and Gatwick'.
But notice the caveat....prices 'start from'... !
No too much of a surprise though, as most of the hotels in Kensington have the same sign. Staff lie to guests quoting black cabs as charging £80-90 to Heathrow, while their car service starts from £60.
Every time you take passengers to hotels in the area, don't forget to tell them that Black cabs are normally cheaper and we only have the one price, regardless of the number of passengers or amount of luggage.
KENSINGTON HILTON PLAYING BY THERE OWN RULES
Also last night, traveling east along Holland Park Avenue, I spotted the concierge desperately waving at a car parked in the service road just at the end of the Hotel. The car flashed his lights and pulled out in the direction of the reseption.
As I passed, I noticed it was a private hire vehicle. I u-turned and watched as it drove in to the hotel forecourt to pick up the guests.
Private hire vehicles are not allowed to rank up and wait to become hired. The hotel try to keep this low key, but it's obvious what they are doing. Just another hotel for the bent list.
See video below: