Tucked away onto a quiet Notting Hill street is charming Portobello Hotel. This family-run hotel is well known for its old-world eclectic charm right from the lobby entrance that leads to four stories with white spiral staircases and artwork framing the walls.
A lovely little tea and breakfast room serves as a lounge with honour bar and comfy couches looking out to a private garden.
The hotel is actually two converted neoclassical mansions with 21 bedrooms. Since its inception in the early 1970’s, it’s become known in the area for being a stone’s throw from the world famous Portobello Market, attracting fashion and celeb A-listers including Tina Turner, Damon Albarn, Van Morrison and George Michael.
The well-appointed rooms are cozy and welcoming. My bathroom has a standalone soaker tub and smaller side room with shower, sink and toilet. The centerpiece of the room is that beautiful tub.
London-based natural apothecary line Green & Spring products are inspired by the English countryside; bottles of bath oil, shampoo and shower and bath gel are stocked for unwinding after exploring the city’s busy streets, theatres, museums and shopping districts.
Portobello Hotel is about a 10-minute walk to Notting Hill Gate tube station. Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens are reachable by foot while busses and underground can get you to Bond Street, High Street Kensington and central London pretty easily.
I found the hotel staff welcoming and helpful with dining tips and transit advice around London. They’re happy to arrange airport transfers, theatre tickets, city tours and dining reservations as well.
I especially love the rounded, original glass windows throughout the property. The hotel looks out onto a beautiful private garden (open only to residents of the surrounding buildings).
Portobello Hotel is part of the A Curious Group of Hotels, counting Parisian L’Hotel with its Michelen-starred Le Restaurant and Amsterdam’s Canal House on Keizersgracht amongst its properties.
Four-posted canopy beds are super comfy with luxurious bedding, a plush duvet and quiet airco for comfort; those rounded windows fully open as well.
There’s tea, biscuits and a KRUPS coffee pod system in the room along with a small seating area and wooden table for spreading out.
Lots of the antiques around the hotel come from nearby Portobello Market. Find Portobello Hotel at 22 Stanley Gardens in London.
I was hosted at Portobello Hotel via Visit Britain. Opinions, as always, are my own.