Need to know
111, including five suites.
Noon. Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $216.53 (£172), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates are room only; Continental breakfast costs from £16 (there’s also a tempting à la carte menu, with options such as waffles with honeycomb and bananas – yum).
The hotel’s playful afternoon tea, served from 12.30pm to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 12.30pm to 7pm on Sunday and bank holidays, is inspired by the neighbouring Science Museum. Jams are served in petri dishes, chocolates are shaped like spacemen and dinosaur biscuits will delight would-be palaeontologists.
At the hotel
Gym, ping-pong table, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: minibar (with non-alcoholic drinks included), a flatscreen TV, an iPod dock, L’Occitane bath products and a smartphone with free calls to select countries.
Our favourite rooms
Do you like birds, botany, architecture, geometry, music or astronomy? Pick your room accordingly: each category has a different theme, inspired by nearby tourist-magnets: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria & Albert and the Royal Albert Hall. Some of the second-floor rooms face a primary school, and you may hear the kiddos at playtime; book one facing the front for peace and quiet (and the best street views). Coffee fans will be grateful for the Nespresso machines in suites’ kitchenettes.
Bring flat shoes for the museums and stilettos for South Ken’s drinking holes, but leave your slippers at home: the hotel’s own are foot-soothingly soft.
Small dogs and cats can stay in Deluxe category rooms and higher, at no extra cost; just let the hotel know in advance. Owners will also be expected to keep dogs in check: no running amok in the civilised tea salon, please. See more pet-friendly hotels in London.
Very welcome: cots and extra beds can be added for free to the Deluxe rooms and higher categories. Babysitting can be arranged (prices vary, depending on the time of day and number of children). Little Smiths are allowed in the restaurant.