This five-storey hotel is formed out of two townhouses in a street adjacent to the smartest part of the Fulham Road. Step outside and you'll find plenty of high class jewellers, sellers of rare books and chi-chi interior design shops - for more mundane purchases head north to South Kensington Underground station. Culture is close by in the form of the Natural History, Science and V&A Museums, and the Saatchi Gallery by Sloane Square. If you crave more posh shopping, Knightsbridge and the King's Road are ready and waiting.
The 21 bedrooms have a Scandinavian feel with their cream walls, bare light wood floors, billowing white beds, slatted window blinds and bright, functional bathrooms. Eight are classed as Deluxe and 12 as Premier - the latter being larger with a sofa. Those at the front only have a shower and all have standard amenities including bathrobes and a DVD player. Avoid those on the first floor - my sleep was disturbed by the noise of traffic and people talking in the lounge area. In summer, treat yourself to a night in 'The Room at the Top' which comes with a private terrace with enjoyable rooftop views.
The ground floor is given over to a large, contemporary design lounge in two parts that includes comfy sofas, a bar and internet desk. The stairs and corridors have trendy carpeting in thin multi-coloured stripes - or you can take a ride in what could well be the smallest lift in a London hotel.
Eating and drinking
There is no restaurant but you'll find plenty of options close by. Alternatively, there is a simple room service menu with standard dishes that are tasty and well presented, plus you can get alcoholic drinks and coffee in the lounge. Breakfast is served à la carte in a cheerful lower ground floor room with white tables, wood flooring and natural light - the cooked Full English is excellent.
None on site but hotel guests can use the nearby Aquila Health Club.
Relaxed and helpful.
Who stays there
Around two thirds of guests are on business but this is also a good base for upmarket shoppers.
Rates include VAT but not breakfast (Continental £5.50, Full English £10.95, excluding service). This is a small hotel and early booking is advisable to get a good deal - or to just get in during peak events like Wimbledon and the Chelsea Flower Show. WiFi is complimentary as is the borrowing of DVDs.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Well-heeled location
- Bright, clean ambience
- Some noise issues
- No restaurant