“Rock 'n' roll spirit amongst the antiques at this iconic hotel in boho-glam Notting Hill”
Spread across 2 neo-classical townhouses on a quiet street off Westbourne Grove, it is prime people-watching territory; glamorous boutiques, historical boozers and chic eateries are within a short stroll. All 21 rooms are unique and choc-full of beautiful antiques (you're a stone's throw from Portobello Market), plus crisp linens and fancy coffee machines. Service is charming but discreet, and the team will make sure your stay is perfect - no matter what the request. Tina Turner loved it so much she bought the house next door.
- Location, location. This is a prime west London spot
- Our dreamy 'Princess And The Pea' bed; so high, it had steps up to it
- The eclectic decor and unique history - there's no other hotel quite like it
- Many rooms look out onto leafy Stanley Gardens, a rarity in a city hotel
- Warm, friendly staff, and a refreshingly unpretentious vibe
- No parking; everything is metered locally and the price is high
- Breakfast is simple, and there's no restaurant (hardly a problem in this neighbourhood, though)
- Some outdated features but these are gradually being replaced
- No wheelchair access
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Breakfast and light snacks (restaurants nearby)
- Allowed but not ideal
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Snack menu
The 21 rooms are all different, with a mix of Chinese antiques, Persian rugs, elegant swathes of curtain and retro button-back leather chairs. There are delicious Green & Spring spa products and Nespresso machines, plus lovely artisan chocolates from a French chocolatier at turndown.
Good rooms are the smallest (apart from the Singles), but they still have a feeling of space compared to other city hotels, and amazing wall-to-wall murals. Larger rooms (Better, Great etc) have gilded mirrors and roll-top Victorian baths with heavy gold taps; several face onto Stanley Gardens.
Our room (13, an Exceptional) had a vast four-poster bed originally from Hampton Court Palace, which was so high it had steps up to it. There were 3 easy chairs and a sofa (we spent a lot of time sitting, bliss when you normally have small children in tow), and our bathroom was like a Tardis, with thick robes and hidden cupboards. Room 16 (another Exceptional, of Kate & Johnny fame) has an incredible round bed, romantically wrapped in gauze curtains.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Coffee tea making
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Honesty bar
- Nespresso coffee machine
- Satellite tv
Breakfast is included in the room rate, a small Continental selection of buttery croissants, fresh juice and delicious local breads, served on pretty vintage china. They have a few hot options for an extra charge (try the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon). No other meals are served, though there's a limited snack menu available 24 hours (club sandwiches, olives, that sort of thing).
Start your evening with a drink from the honesty bar in the lounge, then head to one of the excellent restaurants nearby: Beach Blanket Babylon (chic modern European), The Electric Diner (American classics), The Ledbury (sensational gastronomy) and Granger & Co. We managed to bag a table at Granger (it doesn’t take reservations so can be hard to get into) and can heartily recommend it for healthy Sydney-style food that makes you feel good. The hotel reception team are available 24 hours to help guests find what they want.
- Coffee tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Portobello Market is a few minutes' walk away, with stalls stretching over 2 miles. As well as incredible antiques there are vintage clothes, ceramics, music, even fruit and veg. The main market days are Friday and Saturday
- Westbourne Grove is a mecca for Parisian chic boutiques and organic food shops
- The hotel has created a guided walking tour of the area so you can learn where Hendrix penned 'Purple Haze', where Hugh Grant's bookshop was in Notting Hill; basically, who did what where!
- Borrow a Boris bike at Notting Hill Gate and cycle around the neighbourhood like a local
- The hotel has mates' rates at the nearby Bodyworks West gym and pool (first visit free), and can arrange treatments at local spa, Cowshed
- Stay over Carnival: the annual world-famous event takes place on August Bank Holiday weekend and draws huge crowds and flamboyant processions
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Language courses
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Wine tasting
Children are welcome, but as the hotel is filled with priceless antiques, it's not a great option for toddlers / active little ones.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Baby cots can be added to all rooms except Singles. Great and Exceptional rooms can fit a rollaway bed.