Need to know
41 (including Queen; Superior; Luxury and Deluxe Doubles).
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-outs later than 12 or 1pm incur the full room rate. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $281.30 (£230), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include a Continental breakfast (otherwise £12 a person); a full English breakfast is available for £14 a person.
At the hotel
Courtyard garden, conservatory; library, honesty bar, concierge, valet parking, free WiFi throughout, laundry. In rooms: minibar, flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, Tivoli radio, Frette bedlinen, Kit Kemp's range of Rik Rak bath products.
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.
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.