Style Fun, fresh townhouse
Setting Smart South Ken side street
The bright, feminine rooms at this well-groomed Kensington hideaway are as refreshing and tasty as a cup of Earl Grey on a spring morning. Number Sixteen’s wonderful location – seconds from South Ken Tube station and the Old Brompton Road – makes this London boutique hotel a great base for shopping weekends or culture trips, or for tacking a little pleasure onto your business affairs.
Need to know
- Rooms 42 (including Queen; Superior; Luxury and Deluxe Doubles).
Double rooms from $338.25 (£225), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (£225) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast.
- Facilities Courtyard garden, conservatory; library, honesty bar, concierge, valet parking, WiFi throughout (£20/24 hours), laundry. In rooms: minibar, flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, Tivoli radio, Frette bedlinen, Miller Harris toiletries.
- Check-out 11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-outs later than 12 or 1pm incur the full room rate. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
- Children Welcome, although this is a very grown-up playpen. Extra beds (£40 a night) and cots (free) can be added to most rooms; there’s no children’s menu, but the kitchen is very accommodating.
- Also Smoking rooms are available, although there is no smoking anywhere else inside the property.
- Hotel closed Never.
Food and drink at Number Sixteen
- Hotel restaurant There isn’t a dedicated restaurant, but there is an extensive all-day room service menu that can be ordered in the lounge, library, conservatory or garden (or in your room, of course). Choose between luxe takes on British classics from fry-ups to afternoon tea and international favourites including spag bol, hoi sin duck wraps and burgers.
- Dress code Cashmere and collars for him; London’s ladies who lunch for her.
- Top table Overstuffed couch in the drawing room, so you can admire the quirky driftwood candelabra – some of the furnishings in here are more like installation pieces. In summer, choose one of the courtyard tables by the softly splashing stone fountain.
- Last orders None – the full menu is available 24 hours a day, and a help-yourself honesty bar takes care of drinks in the small hours.
- Room service An extensive menu is available 24/7, anywhere you fancy from bedroom to drawing room – mi casa, tu casa.
- Hotel bar A large cupboard hides an extensive honesty bar of beers, wines , spirits, soft drinks and coffee – just help yourselves. There are well-stocked minibars in every room, too – with Miller Harris scented candles and Dormen snacks for cosy nights in.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More...
Number Sixteen 16 Sumner Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 3EG
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Our favourite rooms
Every room is uniquely decorated with a different mix of Kit Kemp’s trademark flirty florals and savvy colour combinations; rooms feel spacious thanks to high ceilings and plenty of natural light – even those on the lower ground floor have big windows – and twin-sinked bathrooms are all similarly clad in soothing pale grey granite and oak. Room 17 is a Wedgewood-blue themed Luxury Double on the ground floor, with striped walls and vintage floral fabrics; French windows provide a pretty view across the courtyard garden from your bed (although you may wish to draw the curtains if there’s anyone sitting outside). Room 3 is a Deluxe Double on the lower ground floor facing Sumner Street, with an open fireplace and a neutral colour palette of grey, putty and bone that will appeal to pastel-hating Mr Smiths. A first-floor Deluxe Double dressed in pistachio and lilac candy stripes, Room 102 looks down onto the courtyard. A tailor’s dummy covered in the same jaunty fabric as the bedhead and a beautiful antique wardrobe give this room a fashion-lovers vibe.
Wardrobes contain golf umbrellas for rainy-day strolling, so leave your brolly behind. Bring a spare bag to pack with your shopping treasures, and pretty ballet flats or brogues for striding through galleries and museums.