My F&W
quick save (...)

Portobello Hotel

22 Stanley Gdns. , Notting Hill
London , England , United Kingdom http://www.portobello-hotel.co.uk
44 20 7727-2777

Don’t be fooled by its location on a peaceful street facing one of London’s loveliest gardens—this Neoclassical mansion hotel may feel more like a posh home than a hotel, but its hassle-free ambience draws an eclectic smattering of musicians, models, poets, writers, and actors. (Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, U2, Naomi Campbell, and the White Stripes have all stayed here; Johnny Depp and Kate Moss once filled their bath with bubbly, only to have a chambermaid pull the plug on it while they were out.) Expect seventies Marrakesh madness meets faded country-house glamour: antique beds from Rajasthan bedeck the guest rooms (one features a round sleeper that pop star Robbie Williams attempted to buy from the owners), and Victorian claw-foot tubs anchor the bathrooms. There’s no restaurant, but 24-hour room service and Julie’s, the hotel’s co-owned nearby eatery, will keep you sated; the latter gives hotel guests a 10 percent discount.

Insider Tip: During your stay, take advantage of complimentary evening membership at the Cobden Club—an exclusive, members-only restaurant and lounge on Kensal Road.

Room to Book: The one hotel apartment provides a full kitchen and separate dining room, plus a charming working fireplace.

advertisement
You might also like
advertisement
The Dish
Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.

Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.

Join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers and epicurean insiders at the culinary world's most spectacular weekend, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 19-21.