“Rock 'n' roll spirit amongst the antiques at this iconic hotel in boho-glam Notting Hill”
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.
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.
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)
Baby cots can be added to all rooms except Singles. Great and Exceptional rooms can fit a rollaway bed.