The Hotel: Staying at Caroline Main’s uniquely converted, 1840s Victorian terrace house lets you feel like a stylish London apartment dweller, rather than a tourist. The hotel has just four spacious, apartment-like suites; each occupies its own floor, and each is decorated simply but exquisitely with an eclectic assortment of antiques and objets (wrought-iron chandeliers, ornate gilt-framed mirrors, animal-skin rugs) that enhance rather than clutter the airy, wood-floored rooms. If you’d like to entertain in your “flat,” a special doorbell lets you buzz in your friends.
The Locale: Notting Hill, a famously posh neighborhood near the northwest corner of Hyde Park, has streets lined with ivy-covered townhouses, upscale boutiques, and intimate eateries. The legendary antique shops and Saturday markets of Portobello Road are just steps from the hotel.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.