- Style Fun, fresh townhouse
- Setting Smart South Ken side street
A handsome, well-kept townhouse just steps from the South Kensington Tube station, Number Sixteen hotel is the perfect base for shopping and cultural excursions into London's city centre. But there’s more to this lovely hotel than a great location; the colourful and well-appointed rooms exude a welcome air of homey luxury. After a rewarding and busy day of exploring the city, recharge and relax with a drink from the honesty bar and a seat in the lush little garden.
Need to know
- Rooms 42 (including Queen; Superior; Luxury and Deluxe Doubles).
- Rates Double rooms from $376.05 (£230), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast.
- Facilities Courtyard garden, conservatory; library, honesty bar, concierge, valet parking, WiFi throughout (£20/24 hours), laundry. In rooms: minibar, flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, Tivoli radio, Frette bedlinen, Miller Harris toiletries.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-outs later than 12 or 1pm incur the full room rate. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Welcome, although this is a very grown-up playpen. Extra beds (£40 a night) and cots (free) can be added to most rooms; there’s no children’s menu, but the kitchen is very accommodating.
- Hotel closed Never.
- Also Smoking rooms are available, although there is no smoking anywhere else inside the property.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Every room is uniquely decorated with a different mix of Kit Kemp’s trademark flirty florals and savvy colour combinations; rooms feel spacious thanks to high ceilings and plenty of natural light – even those on the lower ground floor have big windows – and twin-sinked bathrooms are all similarly clad in soothing pale grey granite and oak. Room 17 is a Wedgewood-blue themed Luxury Double on the ground floor, with striped walls and vintage floral fabrics; French windows provide a pretty view across the courtyard garden from your bed (although you may wish to draw the curtains if there’s anyone sitting outside). Room 3 is a Deluxe Double on the lower ground floor facing Sumner Street, with an open fireplace and a neutral colour palette of grey, putty and bone that will appeal to pastel-hating Mr Smiths. A first-floor Deluxe Double dressed in pistachio and lilac candy stripes, Room 102 looks down onto the courtyard. A tailor’s dummy covered in the same jaunty fabric as the bedhead and a beautiful antique wardrobe give this room a fashion-lovers vibe.
- Packing tips Wardrobes contain golf umbrellas for rainy-day strolling, so leave your brolly behind. Bring a spare bag to pack with your shopping treasures, and pretty ballet flats or brogues for striding through galleries and museums.
Food and drink at Number Sixteen
- Hotel restaurant There isn’t a dedicated restaurant, but there is an extensive all-day room service menu that can be ordered in the lounge, library, conservatory or garden (or in your room, of course). Choose between luxe takes on British classics from fry-ups to afternoon tea and international favourites including spag bol, hoi sin duck wraps and burgers.
- Dress code Cashmere and collars for him; London’s ladies who lunch for her.
- Top table Overstuffed couch in the drawing room, so you can admire the quirky driftwood candelabra – some of the furnishings in here are more like installation pieces. In summer, choose one of the courtyard tables by the softly splashing stone fountain.
- Last orders None – the full menu is available 24 hours a day, and a help-yourself honesty bar takes care of drinks in the small hours.
- Room service An extensive menu is available 24/7, anywhere you fancy from bedroom to drawing room – mi casa, tu casa.
- Hotel bar A large cupboard hides an extensive honesty bar of beers, wines , spirits, soft drinks and coffee – just help yourselves. There are well-stocked minibars in every room, too – with Miller Harris scented candles and Dormen snacks for cosy nights in.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details