Number Sixteen

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Address: 16 Sumner Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 3EG, United Kingdom

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.7

Bags of fashionable boutique hotel charm, near the big museums, for less than you might fear.

I’m really fond of Number Sixteen, even though it’s the cheapest of the Firmdale Group’s excellent boutique hotels and has the least facilities (there’s no public bar or restaurant, for starters). It just has such a lovely atmosphere, feeling all light-hearted and full of life.

Location
4.6
90%
Eating/drinking
n/a
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4.4
90%

Location

The white terraced houses along this side-street make it a classic piece of South Kensington. It’s quiet, but just a minute’s walk from South Kensington tube - and only a few more to the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and V&A.

Bedrooms

As with all her other hotels, co-owner Kit Kemp has whisked up an idiosyncratic mix of grandma patterns and modern shapes and colours to create somewhere that is both comfortable and contemporary. Followers of her style will recognise the usual oversize headboards, decorative mannequins and oak and granite bathrooms. Every room is well-appointed (Tivoli radios, internet, TVs with DVD), but at this property some are rather small.

Public areas

I love the conservatory breakfast room at Number Sixteen. It looks out on a surprisingly generous back garden with a sweet little fountain. I’m also a big fan of the living room off the foyer, with its plump sofa, fireplace, fresh flowers and colourful paper-cut from an old bird book.

Eating and drinking

There's no restaurant or bar, but Number Sixteen serves breakfast (continental, £17.50; full English, £18.50), afternoon tea (scones, £9.50; traditional, £16.50), room-service meals (club sandwich, £12.50; pan-fried sea bass, £16.50), wine and cocktails. The breakfast room is small, so you might have to queue at peak times.

Service

Warm, helpful and nicely informal.

Who stays there

Routinely books out for London Fashion Week - the core clientele is shoppers and fashionistas.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Romance
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Lovely, sheltered back garden
  • Delightful décor
  • Additional costs (internet, pricey breakfast)
  • No restaurant or bar
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