Located in Notting Hill, this famous boutique hotel mirrors the quirky eccentricities of the neighborhood. Comprised of two townhouses stood side by side, the theme here is one of decorative excess with hardly a bare wall in sight. Pops of color, vivid prints at every turn and a collection of vintage furniture can be found throughout the shabby chic meets Belle Époque interior. In a well-heeled neighborhood full of vintage stores, cute cafés and leafy streets rife for exploring, the Portobello Hotel is the ideal pick for guests looking for an experience they won’t forget in a hurry.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Desperate to bring Fido the dog on vacation? Pets are allowed at the Portobello Hotel.
Decorated to suit the tastes of fashion designers, rock stars, actors and West London dandies, it’s safe to say that the 21 rooms at the Portobello Hotel are individual. Forget sleek and contemporary, the rooms seduce with their bright colors, watercolor murals, heavy fabrics and idiosyncratic flourishes all over, whether it’s a vintage bookcase here or a brass bathtub there. Rooms follow a sliding scale from Exceptional Rooms through Great Rooms, Better Rooms, Good Rooms and Single Rooms, each offering something special.
To truly live the lifestyle at the Portobello Hotel, book Exceptional Room number 16 and fill the amazing claw foot tub with champagne, as Johnny Depp and Kate Moss were rumoured to have done. Short of filling the tub with champagne, just enjoy the free-standing bath in the middle of the hotel’s most spectacular room.
Aside from champagne-filled free-standing bath tubs, the bathrooms here are as eclectic as the rooms. Some feature walk-in showers, others have bathtubs as well, and all make for a place guests will be happy to relax and soak in the suds.
Like entering a lavish boudoir, only with a homely charm attached to it, the pink lobby presents exactly the right impression for the Portobello Hotel.
Huge windows flood the drawing room restaurant with natural light and the busy garden offers a great view. Cozy and compact with only a few tables and an array of vintage sofas, the option of breakfast in bed must be popular.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Breakfast is the only meal served at the hotel, but the neighborhood has a wide variety of restaurants and cafes.
The home of the Notting Hill Carnival, the neighbourhood has an artsy vibe. From a range of quirky independent shops to Portobello Market itself, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. The trade-off for that cool, village feel is the twenty-minute journey into Central London and the major sights via Notting Hill Tube. Alternatively, Chelsea, Kensington and Putney are close by if you want to explore the best of the west.
Make like one of the many local celebrities and take in a meal and a movie at the hip Electric Diner (6-minute walk) followed by the Electric Cinema, where you can eat American diner classics with a gourmet twist, before crossing over the road and settling in to a blockbuster. If you want more rustic food, visit Galicia (14-minute walk), for a no frills restaurant with some great tapas.
Notting Hill is full of pubs, which means mid-walk pit stops just became even more necessary. Drink and eat at gastropub The Eagle (18-minute walk), do the same again at the equally charming pub, The Elgin (9-minute walk), and make sure to go take a look at the green-fingered goings on at The Churchill Arms (13-minute walk) — a pub with an ever-expanding collection of shrubs and plants growing over its pretty white-washed façade.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Appealingly independent, free-spirited with a tangible joie de vive, the Portobello Hotel is a property that will enhance any London visit. We love the décor, the personal service and the bathrooms of a hotel that offers the quintessential Notting Hill experience.