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.
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What a lovely hotel, interesting decor and furnishings, very comfortable beds, and a pleasant breakfast. Situated in a very interesting and comfortable part of the capital. All very good, only let down by some dilatory staff.
We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel, beautiful building with period furniture and a lovely collection of ornate teaspoons. Warm welcome by the receptionist Diane who showed us around, particularly liked the honesty bar in the sitting room. Excellent WiFi. If you want any exercise just climb the stairs to the fourth floor, we stayed in room 45 lovely comfortable bed had a feather topper. Conteninental breakfast was good excellent pastries. Nice touch was coming back to our room in the evening and finding a warm flask of I think it was Ovaltine, lovely.
We picked the hotel as it is within walking distance of the distillery. It is certainly a curious place to stay, really lovely staff and a fantastic room but definitely quirky. Would recommend it for a couple, probably not for families though
The Portobello Hotel is a quirky, quaint B&B style property in Notting Hill. It is not a luxury or modern property by any means, but it is situated in a lovely Notting Hill neighborhood on a quiet, residential street. It is a nice property but has an old, Victorian feeling overall. The front desk staff are all very friendly but none are London natives. It is rather disappointing to visit from another country expecting to meet and interact with London locals only to find one is dealing with foreigners just as themselves! Often these individuals did not know the immediate area nor could make recommendations as perhaps native Londoners would know better. Daily continental breakfast is served in the main sitting room off the lobby, with pay options to order eggs and more ample fare. The rooms are cozy and compact with nice, basic amenities. Our lights went out a few times and we had to have the fuse box re-set. Overall, it is a pleasant property but not one I would go out of my way to stay at again as there are many other amenable options available elsewhere in London.
Charming small luxury boutique hotel around the corner from the always exciting Portobello Road market and an easy 10+ minute walk to Notting Hill Gate tube. Sort of quirky with very accommodating staff it backs on to a quiet extensive garden area serving the entire muse. Perhaps not quite the "off the beaten track" boutique sojourn of artists and the stars it once was it still has the panache this area of London has developed.
The continental breakfast is substantial with many choices but you can order a full British if needed. If you love hot chocolate it will be in your room every night! The rooms are quite varied in size and location so take care in booking what suits. London roads are busy so if quiet is important make sure you book a room backing on to the garden at the back. We will certainly return.