The Portobello

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A complimentary glass of champagne each on arrival.

NOTTING HILL IS THE PERFECT SETTING for London’s original boutique townhouse hotel. A favoured haunt of the creative set, The Portobello has hosted dozens of famous faces from the worlds of film and fashion over the years.

Overlooking a pretty garden square, it's two white neo-classical townhouse flanked by sculpted box trees. Inside, The Portobello flaunts its eccentricities – both among the guests (Kate Moss and then boyfriend Johnny Depp once reportedly filled a bath with champagne here) and in the sometimes exotically themed bedrooms.

From basement boudoirs with private courtyards to intimate attic eyries, rooms at The Portobello are a play on rich and moody colours, arty antiques, colourful Edwardiana, decadent clawfoot baths and diverting objets trouvés. Expect the unconventional in this townhouse London hideaway.

Colourful Edwardiana

Bedrooms reflect the eclectic spirit and eccentric charm of the local area. Characterful and comfortably appealing, each is individually decorated with  well chosen furnishings and period features. Some of the special rooms have special themes – you can go Moroccan, go Victorian, go Japanese, or simply go to bed here.

We opted for Room 16, with its gold and white decor and Boogie Nights-style circular bed. This room also has a real  Edwardian bathing machine. Our balcony looked over the pretty gardens, letting us wake to the sound of birdsong with our breakfast in bed next day.

Downstairs, guests can make themselves at home in the colonial-style lounge, with its huge mirrors and bay windows, and deep sofas. Call in for an aperitif in the evening or have a sociable breakfast with fellow guests.

You’re in one of London's chicest neighbourhoods here: minutes from Portobello Road and its famous antiques market, leafy Kensington Gardens and the boutique-y shops of Westbourne Grove.

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The Portobello was reviewed for Room for Romance by Tasha Munro

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