The Portobello Hotel

Notting Hill London, United Kingdom Book from Book from £207 per night

Rock 'n' roll spirit amongst the antiques at this iconic hotel in boho-glam Notting Hill
The Portobello Hotel first opened in the 1970s, but the team behind Cowley Manor and Canal House have recently taken over this showbiz favourite, bringing it bang up-to-date yet embracing its old-school elegance and colourful past. This is the place where Alice Cooper kept his boa constrictor in a bathtub; where Johnny Depp and Kate Moss filled their bath with champagne and holed up for several days; where Damon Albarn was a barman. This is a place of legend.

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 19 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.

Information provided by The Portobello Hotel on 14/09/2020.

Cleaning and hygiene
All our staff members have been provided with masks, and protective screens have been installed on our reception desks and bar. Ample masks, gloves and disinfectant gel are available to both our team and guests. On arrival, guests may be asked several health check questions. For the safety of our staff, we will not be servicing the rooms during your stay, unless requested to do so, and we will not operate a turndown service either. Housekeeping has been divided into two teams, one team that comes in and removes used linen and items, and the other team to bring in new linen, amenities and prepare the room.

Common areas
We are asking everyone to observe 1m social distancing at all times. We have removed some furniture to ensure social distancing rules can be observed and we kindly ask that guests do not move them around.

Food and drink
Continental breakfast will be served to your room, this can be ordered via the Curious App and we will deliver to your door. We have removed all minibar items but these will be available to order from our Curious App.

We have also removed telephones out of rooms, but you will be able to interact with us via our Curious App 24-7.

To allow the rooms to breathe in between departures and arrivals, all check in will be from 4pm and all check out's by 11am. Guests may be asked to provide us with some additional information to expedite check-in, which will be done prior to arrival via the Curious App. We are working towards developing our room key system to be operated by your own phones.


  • 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

Perfect at any time of year - air con throughout in the summer and heated and cosy in the winter. A great base for a Christmas shopping trip.

Our top tips

Pick up a pre-loved designer bargain in the charity shops on Westbourne Grove; Oxfam and Save the Children shops are loaded with high-fashion bargains.

Great for...

City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 19
  • Breakfast and light snacks (restaurants nearby)
  • Allowed but not ideal
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Snack menu


The 19 rooms are all different, with a mix of delicate antiques, elegant swathes of curtain and retro button-back chairs. There are delicious Green & Spring spa products and Nespresso machines, plus lovely Alexeeva & Jones artisan chocolates at turndown.

Cosy rooms are the smallest, but they still have a feeling of space compared to other city hotels, and amazing wall-to-wall murals. Larger rooms (Comfy Double, Jolly Good etc) have gilded mirrors and roll-top Victorian baths with heavy gold taps; several face onto Stanley Gardens.

Our room (a Signature) 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. Another Signature Room has an incredible round bed, romantically wrapped in gauze curtains.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Honesty bar
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Phone
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


Breakfast is 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.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • 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:

  • Cycling
  • Festivals
  • Historical sites
  • Language courses
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • 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.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Baby cots can be added to all rooms. Jolly Good, Roomy and Splendid rooms can fit extra beds.


On request

Kid Friendly:


The Portobello Hotel is in the heart of Notting Hill, west London.

By Air:
Most scheduled airlines fly into London Heathrow (24km) or London Gatwick (56km). London Stansted and London Luton are also well serviced. You could take a taxi from the airport, but it's expensive and London has excellent public transport links from all airports.

By Train:
International Eurostar trains arrive at St Pancras station; national rail services tend to arrive at London Paddington station; both are a short tube ride from the hotel. The Portobello Hotel is an easy walk from Notting Hill Gate tube station (on the Central and Circle/District Lines).

By Car:
Driving around London is generally best avoided, however, car hire is possible. There are car parks/metered parking near the hotel but they are expensive and you may be affected by the London congestion charge.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to the UK and getting around


  • London Heathrow 24.0 km LHR
  • London Gatwick 56.0 km LGW


  • Beach 90.0 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests


This is a rather special hotel, full of character and in a perfect location overlooking a private garden. Portobello market is on your doorstep with some good restaurants and pubs.


The location is awesome, very good service, but the condition of the hotel seems like it could use a little updating


The staff were extremely nice and accommodating but the rooms felt old fashioned and overpriced.


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