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 20 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
- 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- Some outdated features but these are gradually being replaced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
- 20 rooms
- Breakfast and light snacks (restaurants nearby)
- Allowed but not ideal
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Beach Nearby
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Car not necessary
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Snack menu
The 20 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 in each room.
Good 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 (Great, Marvellous etc) have gilded mirrors and roll-top Victorian baths with heavy gold taps; several face onto Stanley Gardens.
Our room (an Outstanding) had a vast four-poster bed originally from Hampton Court Palace. 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 Outstanding Room has an incredible round bed, romantically wrapped in gauze curtains.
- In room treatments available
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.
- Coffee / tea making
- Family friendly
- 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 Great, Marvellous and Outstanding Rooms free of charge. A sofabed (double) is available in some of the Marvellous rooms at a (steep) extra charge - enquire with the hotel for availability.
The Portobello Hotel is in the heart of Notting Hill, west London.
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.
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).
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 i-escape.com.
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