I stayed here for quite some time on business - in fact I found it quite by accident after all the company affliated hotels turned out to be fully booked one week. After a couple of nights I decided to forget about accumulating masses of air miles or loyalty points with the big chain hotels - this was the place for me!
The rooms are fresh, clean, beautifully decorated and are all a decent size (I think I must have stayed in almost all of them at some point.. not the 4-poster bed though) there are 12 in total, some with a bath, some without - you'll pay more for the bath, but to be honest that's about the only difference I could tell between once class of room and another.
Interestingly this was one of the few places I've stayed in London where the TV actually worked as it should - you've got all the Freeview channels to choose from, no complicated hotel menu to battle with, and a crystal clear picture. It never fails to surprise me how bad some hotel TVs are. There's a built in DVD player too, should you need one.
Now, it gets better - the restauraunt downstairs... well, it's a pub really, and a very nice one too.. but the food on offer here is something really special. The two chefs are terrific - I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that at some point these guys are going to get noticed. Go now.. and eat! I came back from work one evening, tired, fed up and generally in a bad mood - ordered the meat pie, and found myself comforted, warmed, cheered up and generally whole again. I had forgotten that food could do that.. I believe that everything is made from scratch, and it really shows.. In fact, you can pop your head over the kitchen door and see what they're up to in there if you feel like it! Great things happen in that kitchen, and I love it.
The staff are a wonderful group of people too - and the owners really do care about their guests.
Oh, and unlike the Radissons and the Hiltons I was staying in previously, the WiFi is free, and is pretty quick. How nice not to feel ripped off for something that I think should be included in the price these days. Well, here it is inlcluded.
Lastly, if you're someone who enjoys a cigarette (very non-pc I know), then you'll know that most hotels force you to go and stand on the street to have a smoke - which in London means a queue of people will quickly form, all asking if you have a 'spare' cigarette. Well, at the Portobello House Hotel they have a cute little 1st floor roof terrace with a few tables and chairs where you can take yourself off for a quiet 5 mins. There's also a seating area outside the front of the pub, with some very effective heaters if you prefer.
Sure, there's no gym, no loyalty points and no tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms (although I think that's something that's planned, or would certainly be quickly provided if you asked for it) - but this place makes you realise that there's no substitute for a lovely room, genuinely personal service, amazing food, and a feeling like you're 'home'. I can't tell you how much I like it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Portobello House in Notting Hill, Hotel, Bar & BistroThe Historic Landmark that is the chic Portobello House Hotel has 12 brand new totally re-designed charming boutique bedrooms, with a Felliniesque cocktail bar and gourmet bistro. Portobello house welcomes people from all around the world with a friendly smile and a complimentary glass of bubbly or a famous Portobello House Cocktail. It is situated in Notting hill near the famous "Portobello Road market" with all its colourful buzz and artistic counter culture. Take a leisurely walk to nearby elegant Kensington Palace gardens, once the home of Princess Diana, then a stroll through Hyde Park to the Royal Albert Hall for a concert. With a good night's sleep in our wonderful Millbrook beds you will wake up in one of the most unique, eclectic and fun parts of London. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Portobello House Hotel London