A reflection of the well-heeled neighborhood it calls home, the beautiful Number 16 hotel is a charming Victorian stucco terrace townhouse a few minutes from South Kensington Tube. Located on a quiet side street, set behind rich, black wrought iron gates, the hotel is disguised in its row of immaculate whitewashed properties, lined up like dolls houses. Catering to a discerning clientele of couples and creative executive types, Number 16 is the home away from home for guests who might already live in neighborhoods as fancy as South Kensington.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Number 16’s public areas lack the bustle and buzz of larger sister hotels like Ham’s Yard and the Covent Garden Hotel. However, this might appeal to some.
One of the beauties of this terrace townhouse hotel is that rooms come with one of two views. There’s the manicured gardens to the back and the comings and goings of Sumner Place to the front, views to suit both tastes. For those traveling alone, single rooms are available, and all rooms are individually designed in playful, decorative florals and colorful swatches.
Wood and granite bathrooms make for a refined place to perform your daily ablutions. Most rooms in the lower price bracket come with a shower, whereas most deluxe rooms and above, feature a bathtub too.
A formal reception area prepares for the parade of pretty decor that comes as standard with Kit Kemp’s hotels. In addition to the lobby, a bright drawing room will dazzle you with prints while you relax.
Smaller than most hotels in the Firmdale Group, the hotel’s restaurant takes the opportunity to spill out into the lovely private garden, which is highly recommended for when the weather is mild. Otherwise, The Orangery is a pleasant enough place to enjoy the modern European menu.
There aren’t many better ways to spend a summer’s afternoon in London than with a languid stroll around the nearby museums followed by afternoon tea in the garden at the Number 16.
With the V&A, Natural History and Science museums all within short walking distance, as well as the Royal Albert Hall and the Kings Road, the Number 16 Hotel is ideally suited for cultural trips to the city. South Kensington Tube is three minutes away, providing quick connections to the center of London and to Victoria Station for national connections. The wealthy neighbourhood is one of London’s most exclusive, so exploring on foot is the best way to take it all in.
Explore the local spots starting with Brompton Food Market (4-minute walk), the café/deli/grocer all under one roof. Eat great steak, lobster and oysters at Hawksmoor (11-minute walk) in Knightsbridge, or venture a little further for Michelin starred dining at Kitchen W8 (9-minute drive).
Not quite a bar, but the William Morris room at the Victoria and Albert Museum (5-minute walk) is a beautiful place to enjoy a glass of wine. Alternatively, fully commit at Kensington Wine Rooms (10-minute drive), a beautiful wine bar with a fine food menu.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Despite all the loud prints, colorful fabrics and statement furniture pieces, the Number 16 is a boutique property that does understated luxury well. Ideal for guests who want a private, intimate experience, the hotel’s location within walking distance of some of London’s most appealing cultural institutions makes it a great choice. Close enough to the bars, restaurants, and shops of Knightsbridge and High Street Kensington, it’s the ideal base for a London city break.