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
The Portobello Hotel is a fantastic "find" in an exclusive neighborhood within Nottinghill. The well-appointed and private rooms, including a lovely parlour where breakfast is served, made it feel like we were staying in a private home. We enjoyed an incredibly quiet room on the top floor overlooking the garden, with a separate seating area and nice size bath with proper tub. But the best part of our stay was the staff. A tray of french pressed coffee and warm milk was delivered within minutes of our order, and "housekeeping" was by within 2 minutes of our asking for instructions for the in-room coffee maker. Due to our early arrival, the front desk was happy to store our bags and deliver them to the room while we enjoyed springtime in London. And it was so quiet, we had a hard time believing any other guests were there. Overall, a lovely, relaxing experience in an otherwise hectic city.
This is a very nice hotel: built up in two real British houses for the upper class, nice rooms, a very kind staff, a 'pleasant breakfast' as another reviewer wrote, and beautifully located in Notting Hill. A grey ans classic Bentley was parked opposite the hotel and that is a good metaphor for this hotel.
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