Need to know
172, including 17 suites.
12 noon, but flexible till 6pm, subject to availability and a charge. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
The hotel’s concierge Dianna Beran is an extraordinarily well-connected woman and one of just three per cent of female concierges in the Commonwealth to join the esteemed Les Clefs d’Or association. If you need a hard-to-book table or last-minute show tickets, she’s your woman.
At the hotel
Gym, lounge, free WiFi. In rooms: TV, minibar with free soft drinks and snacks, a Nespresso machine, hair-straightener, desk, air-conditioning and Noble Isle bath products.
Our favourite rooms
A London garden is the holy grail, so the Garden Suites, with their leafy terrace are quite the coup. Inspired by the exquisite greenery and flowering beds of Cecil Beaton’s Reddish House gardens, these have intricate Arts & Crafts prints, a headboard shaped like an elaborate portico, a marble bathroom with a freestanding tub and your own little peaceful patch of the city for drinks à deux. And, if you don’t plan on spending much time asleep, the dinky Cabin Rooms have all the poeticism of a garret with a touch more luxury.
There’s no spa here – you’re pampered in many other ways – but the hotel gym is impressive, with TechnoGym bikes and treadmills you can program for sparring, cross-trainers, kettlebells and medicine balls, a rowing machine, and a very snazzy Kinesis machine.
Bring your Crockett & Jones brogues, loudest cravat and a devil-may-care attitude.
The hotel’s public areas are accessible for guests with mobility issues – there’s a lift to each floor and tables are well-spaced. Rooms aren’t specially adapted, but the larger signature suites will be very comfortable.
Dinky dogs (under 30 pounds) can stay for £50 a night and they’ll get a bed, bowl and squeaky toy to play with. See more pet-friendly hotels in London.
It may be a beguiling storybook of a stay, but much like the x-rated shenanigans that carried on in this part of London back in the day, this is best suited to adults.