Across the road from leafy Orange Square, which has a florists, Saturday farmers’ market and statue of the child prodigy Mozart with a bit of a psychotic stare. Shoppers are only a short walk from Sloane Square (also your nearest tube) and the King’s Road, a little further to Brompton Cross and Knightsbridge. The sightseeing’s pretty good too: about 10 minutes’ walk from Buckingham Palace, perhaps quarter of an hour from the South Kensington museums, much nearer to the contemporary art at the Saatchi Gallery.
On the second floor, all four rooms are high-ceilinged and luxuriously furnished, with floor-to-ceiling green drapes, lots of wood and modish vintage en suite bathrooms - only the Orange room has a bathtub. There are 32” flatscreen TVs, free Wi-Fi and local calls, iPod docks and digital radios by the beds, but fashionably distressed brick and painted walls plus pots of dried herbs and plants lend a pleasant country air to the place. It all felt simple, fresh and uncluttered.
Eating and drinking
A major plus - in fact, book ahead if you’re planning to have dinner in the restaurant section. The cooking is excellent: tuck into big flavoured, juicy scallops, perhaps, or pan-fried sea bream. The pub itself has some fine beers and wines, but is civilised for a boozer. You’ll sit and sip, rather than throw down a few pints before heading out in search of nightlife.
Sunny and helpful, with the offer of room service from the bar and restaurant a nice bonus.
Who stays there
The restaurant and pub get plenty of well-heeled local custom, but the few guests are mostly leisure travellers.
It’s nice to see free bottled water and a newspaper included.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Lovely airy rooms
- Great food
- Well-chosen facilities
- Few rooms means limited availability
- No lift