The Portobello Hotel
What We Love
- It’s an A-Lister’s haunt: celeb guests have included Robbie Williams, U2, and the late George Michael
- Full-size Green & Spring bath products in all bathrooms
- Vintage treasures from nearby Portobello Market in every room
- The cozy fireplace in the hotel lounge—a perfect perch for star gazing
What To Know
- The only full meal served here is breakfast (the Continental option is free), though light snacks are available through room service
- There’s no gym on site, but guests can use a nearby facility for a discount
- Portobello Market is just a two-minute walk away
- There’s a 24-hour “guests only” bar
- Free WiFi
There’s something about the bathtubs at this 40-year-old bohemian celebrity haunt, one of London’s first boutique sleeps: back in the day, rocker Alice Cooper kept his boa constrictor there; director Tim Burton shuttled between his tub and four-poster bed so many times, he managed to flood the floor below him. Then, Johnny Depp, in a grand gesture for his then-girlfriend Kate Moss, filled it with champagne. One look at the extravagant, claw-foot marvels—golden fixtures and all—and you might be tempted to try some anarchic antics of your own. But resist the urge and snap a selfie with your in-room fresco instead. Each of the 21 rooms, whose names range from Good to Better to Exceptional, is individually designed; most have Stanley Garden views. Though the common sitting room is just as free-spirited, with gilt-framed paintings, deep sofas, and mahogany tables ringed by antique furniture, its more hideaway than hangout. That there’s no lunch or dinner service here (though the Full English Breakfast here is a thing of beauty) means you’ll just have to leave the whimsical premises for a proper tourist experience.
In the Area
As a nod to its celeb guests, this Notting Hill hotel is discreetly folded into a side street off Portobello Road. The eponymous market displays its quirky relics nearly every day. Though there’s no restaurant onsite, you’re close to many top-notch cafés, like Negozio Classica, known for tasty Tuscan fare. For an afternoon picnic, pick up pastries from nearby Gail’s Bakery, which offers treats like black truffle croissants and chewy cinnamon buns, and tote them to Holland Park, a 15-minute walk away.
How to Get There
This was the place to be in a certain era of my youth. But no Mick Jagger or champagne baths now. Very middle class place to stay. Mostly comfortable but don’t recommend the single rooms where I had to stay the first 2 nights. My more expensive and larger room was delightful and wonderfully quiet. Great location for Nottinghill and North Ken. Great restaurants in walking distance. Staff was wonderful and a great reason to stay there.
Stayed w/e of 6/7th Oct 2018, brilliant location just off Portobello Road, we suffered no issues with road noise, room backed on to private gardens, we had room number 1 and it was fabulous. It had a great little outside area, beautiful little conservatory, super comfy bed, lovely bathroom space. The girls on the front desk were very welcoming, we dropped our bags off early and they were in our room when we returned. Very clean, well stocked mini bar and snacks (although these are quite pricey). We had dinner at a local tapas bar as there is no restaurant but it is such a diverse area that it was nice to head out to eat, great location for lots of bars and pubs. We arrived back quite late but there was someone at the desk. Definitely recommend our room and this hotel, it’s not cheap but what is in London anymore?!
This is an unassuming place, but it is just brilliant, the staff are lovely too it is quiet and away from all the general noise it is clean and decorated to make you feel at home. Would recommend and visit again.
When we got married all those years ago,we spent our wedding night here. We visited again to celebrate our anniversary. We rang the hotel direct and got what I thought was a good price for our night's stay. The person I spoke to when making the booking had a good knowledge of the hotel. The place has changed a bit since we were last there, changing ownership at least once. On arrival we were greeted enthusiastically and the receptionist made us feel at home. The room we had was on the top floor. It was very nicely decorated, the bed was comfortable and it had aircon. We explored the local area, taking a cab into town. The room we had was just right for the two of us, with nice views over the garden. Breakfast was relaxing, with plenty on offer to eat. Any negatives, not really. We took more in on this stay (our wedding night was more of a blur). The hotel is not particularly cheap but we enjoyed our stay.
This was a bit of a trip down memory lane for me - I used to stay at the Portobello regularly on business many years ago and always loved it - quirky, comfortable and very peaceful in a beautiful part of London. I came back with my wife to use it as a base when going to Wimbledon (ideal as it turned out, 20 minutes direct on the District line from Notting Hill Gate) and found it every bit as charming as before. We stayed in one of the basement rooms with a small outside terrace - this was spacious and comfortable, although some may not like the somewhat quirky plumbing in the bathroom (we did). The staff members were lovely - friendly but discreet. Breakfast in the drawing room was great. No restaurant but plenty of choice locally.