“Dreamy English elegance for the 21st century, in one of London’s smartest residential quarters”
The rooms at Number Sixteen spoil you in ways you didn’t know were possible. There are all the must haves: big white towels, sparkling granite bathrooms, fluffy bathrobes and 24-hour room service. But you also get Frette cotton linen, Tivoli radios and piles of cushions that stand to attention on the beds.
Colour schemes vary wildly; all are beautiful. Sleep in a different room every night for a week and encounter lime greens, pinks and purples, royal blues and groovy greys. Smaller rooms (Singles and Queens) are just that; fine for a night or two, but if you’re staying for longer, you’ll need something bigger (a Superior, Luxury or Deluxe). We particularly liked the lower-ground floor rooms as they're the lightest and have private courtyards leading onto the communal garden. You may also come across Chelsea fabrics, original fireplaces, big old mirrors and the odd mahogany dresser.
When we revisited, we stayed in a first-floor Deluxe and it was wonderful. A sublimely comfortable kingsize bed was decked out in perfectly ironed linens; our stylish armchair looked out over the garden, and the granite bathroom had a powerful shower, a cosy tub, and Kit Kemp toiletries to pamper with. We slept deeply and left extremely reluctantly.
The bright and breezy orangery leads to a tranquil garden perfect for relaxed breakfasts and indulgent afternoon teas. This is one of the highlights of the hotel, very leafy and serene with a pretty koi pond and little wrought iron tables and chairs set up in intimate spaces. We enjoyed a decadent champagne afternoon tea with Veuve Clicquot Champagne and lots of tasty morsels; don’t miss the mushroom Arancini balls and the strawberries dipped in chocolate.
Come morning, the papers wait in the drawing room or outside your bedroom door if you prefer. Have breakfast in bed or head downstairs to thebuffet: mini pastries, homemade granola, fresh fruits with honey and organic yoghurt (pomegranate and kiwi when we stayed). Hungry souls can up the ante with bacon sandwiches, eggs Florentine or bubble and squeak.
For other meals, the room-service menu has a small selection of light dishes - burgers, Caesar salads – and you can eat wherever you like. Drinks-wise there's an honesty bar in the drawing room.
For supper, we’d recommend dining out at one of the many restaurants within a 1-mile radius; staff will advise. And if you get peckish during the day, pop to The Hummingbird Bakery on the corner, for utterly delicious baked goods.
This well-appointed townhouse hotel is great for a family break. South Kensington is close to many family-friendly attractions, not least the museums along the Cromwell Road (a few streets away) and there are plentiful public transport options. Mini-bathrobes are provided and families will enjoy the comfortable eclectic rooms.
Superior and Luxury Rooms can hold a baby cot; Deluxe Rooms can take a baby cot or extra bed. Some of the Deluxe and Luxury Rooms can interconnect if more space is needed. If more than one room is required, the hotel guarantees that families can stay in rooms adjacent or very near each other
Available by arrangement
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The 24-hour room service menu child-friendly dishes: fish fingers and chips, mac and cheese, and penne pasta. Dessert options include ice cream and berries. Afternoon tea in the garden is a highlight of staying here