London, United Kingdom

The Orange

Rates from (ex tax)$189.01

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP175.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Boutique Belgravia bolthole

Setting

London’s leafy SW1

You wouldn't be the first to come to the Orange hotel in London's well-heeled Belgravia neighbourhood for the food, but then stay for the rooms. Hidden above an acclaimed gastropub the hotel strikes the perfect balance between luxurious and laid-back, a friendly public-house atmosphere downstairs complemented by well-appointed rooms dressed in muted tones, exposed brick and wood floors. Its prime location in this high-end dining and shopping haven may tempt you out of doors, but we'll probably be relaxing with a book in charming Orange Square and enjoying drinks and farm-fresh cuisine with the many locals who frequent the pub.

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A cocktail each in the bar, or with dinner one night

Facilities

Photos The Orange facilities

Need to know

Rooms

Four.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible (subject to availability). Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $189.01 (£146), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP175.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a breakfast allowance of up to £20 a day, for each guest; the menu changes frequently.

Also

Every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, a farmer's market sets up on Orange Square just opposite the hotel. Stock up on fresh, organic produce and sample fresh oysters from Essex.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, digital radio, tea and coffee, kettle and cafetiere, iPod docking station, Damana toiletries (orange scented, of course).

Our favourite rooms

Of the Orange’s four rooms, the Pimlico is the largest and has an appealing curved window that looks down on Pimlico Road and the church next door. The Orange Room boasts wooden beams across the ceiling, an inviting bathtub in its marble ensuite and overlooks Orange Square – the view’s particularly magical when the trees are strewn with lights at Christmas.

Packing tips

An iPod packed with Mozart: there’s a statue of the young Wolfgang Amadeus steps from the hotel’s doorstep in Orange Square. The eight-year-old prodigy composed his first two symphonies round the corner on Ebury Road, where he and his father lived in 1764.

Also

The hotel's stairs require a little legwork, and there's no lift, so request a room on the lower floors if you might struggle.

Children

Welcome, but there are no dedicated kids’ facilities.

Food and Drink

Photos The Orange food and drink

Top Table

Sit by the curved window in the dining room restaurant to look out over Orange Square at Pimlico Road below; alternatively, snag a table in the Music Room area of the restaurant.

Dress Code

The Orange is stylish but not at all stuffy: aim to be chic but not showy.

Hotel restaurant

Choose your own Orange adventure: dine in the stylish but relaxed pub on the ground floor, or tuck in to the same menu upstairs in the slightly more formal dining room. Wherever you eat, the wood-fired pizzas are baked in the kitchen’s traditional pizza oven, the Sunday roast is legendary among locals, and many of the seasonings are home-grown in the hotel’s herb garden.

Hotel bar

The well-stocked and popular pub has everything from real ales to creative cocktails: it takes a particularly confident hotel to name a drink after one of the nation’s most notoriously awful hoteliers, so you’d be remiss not to try a Basil Fawlty (the basil syrup’s home-made). The atmosphere’s laid back and the decor lived in: there are exposed floorboards, book-lined walls and wood furniture throughout.

Last orders

Drinks are poured in the ground-floor pub from noon until 11.30pm. Breakfast is served in bar on the ground floor for breakfast 8am–11.30am, and both the bar and the first-floor dining room are open for lunch 12 noon–3pm and dinner 6pm–10pm.

Room service

Room service is available from 12 noon to 10pm; everything on the restaurant’s menu can be delivered to you.

Location

Photos The Orange location
Address
The Orange
37 Pimlico Road
London
SW1W 8NE
London
United Kingdom

Planes

The nearest airport is Heathrow, 18 miles away, although Gatwick, Stansted or City airports are also just as accessible.

Trains

The nearest London Underground station is Sloane Square, one stop east of London Victoria on the District and Circle lines (www.tfl.gov.uk). London Victoria is also one of the capital’s busiest overground train stations, with regular service to and from Gatwick Airport and the surrounding counties (www.nationalrail.co.uk).

Automobiles

Central London traffic can be wretched and the hotel doesn’t have any parking spaces, so drive at your peril. (If you do drive, take the M4 towards central London from Heathrow, or the M23, then M25, then M4 from Gatwick.) Taxis are plentiful and can easily be hailed in many of the surrounding streets.

Worth getting out of bed for

If you can tear yourself away from the people-watching on Pimlico Road from the refuge of your room, the simplest pleasure to be had on a sunny day is bagging a bench in shady Orange Square. Alternatively, hit the shops along the King’s Road or head north along shop-heavy Sloane Street then take in the spectacle of Harrods (+44 (0) 20 7730 1234) or the designer delights of Harvey Nichols (+44 (0)160 466 2788). There are free exhibitions to visit at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park, less than two miles north (+44 (0)20 7402 6075). The cream of the capital’s museums are also close at hand, including the wonderful Victoria & Albert museum of art and design (+44 (0)20 7942 2000). Nearby, take in a show at the Royal Albert Hall (+44 (0)20 7589 8212) after admiring the ornate Albert Memorial just over the road.

Local restaurants

La Poule au Pot, 200 metres from the Orange on Ebury Street (+44 (0)20 7730 7763), is a revered spot for romantic dinners; it serves French country dishes and its quaint decor has changed little for 50 years. A few steps away on Pimlico Road, Tinello serves modern Italian cusine in chic surroundings (+44 (0)20 7730 3663). The Thomas Cubitt, on Elizabeth Street (+44 (0)20 7730 6060), is run by the same owners as The Orange and has both style and layout in common with its sister property. There’s a well-respected pub on the ground floor and a dining room upstairs; feast on British favourites such as pan-roasted loin of West Devon lamb or bacon-wrapped Kilravock Farm pork fillet. For an arty meal, try the Saatchi Gallery’s café, the Gallery Mess, in Duke of York Square (+44 (0)20 7730 8135). After browsing the exhibits, sit down for some fresh, seasonal dishes, such as beef carpaccio with parmesan, watercress and truffle dressing. Lovers of Japanese cuisine should put Zuma on Raphael Street (+44 (0)20 7584 1010) top of their list – and remember to book ahead. Mao Tai on the New Kings Road (+44 (0)20 7731 2520) serves mouthwatering Chinese in a contemporary setting. Another nearby option is French restaurant Aubaine on Brompton Road (+44 (0)20 7052 0100), or for excellent tapas, Casa Brindisa on Exhibition Road, (+44 (0)20 7590 0008).

Local cafés

For an afternoon tea of thinly cut sandwiches, scones, jam and clotted cream, why not visit the Ritz for tea (+44 (0)20 7493 8181)? Tom's Kitchen on Cale Street (+44 (0)20 7349 0202) is a bar and brasserie ideal for a long, late weekend brunch or lunch. The Hummingbird Bakery on Old Brompton Road (+44 (0)20 7851 1795) has a tempting array of pastel-iced cupcakes and sweet delights.

Local bars

A 10-minute walk away on Sloane Square, parched shoppers sip cocktails at the Botanist (+44 (0)20 7730 0077) – the Paradise Lost is particularly refreshing. Head to Bardot on Walton Street (+44 (0)20 7351 1711), a tiny but very chic bar; pop in to the Coopers Arms (+44 (0)20 7376 3120) for a pie and a pint on Flood Street; or for something less traditional, Kumo (+44 (0)20 7225 0944) on Beauchamp Place serves sushi and cocktails.

Reviews

Photos The Orange reviews
Susie Robinson

Anonymous review

I would love to say we arrived at boutique hotel and gastropub the Orange gracefully, stylishly, politely, but that would be a lie. We crashed through the front door and into the humming dining room of the downstairs restaurant like two Tasmanian Devils – whirling around and crashing ourselves and our foolishly large bags into everything from the door frames to the staff.

Before we could apologise for creating such a scene, we were welcomed with enthusiastic smiles so wide and bright, we immediately forgot our embarrassment. A ‘handsome man’ – one of the many who work at the Orange – immediately threw our bags over his shoulder and spirited them up to our room (with such ease my aching arm muscles wished he’d been with us for the last two weeks) while we were shepherded to the upstairs dining room for late supper with friends.

As we plonked ourselves down at a table in front of the fire, ‘handsome man #2’ brought drinks lists and food menus. We over ordered in every department, and we were so glad we did. We poured expertly made, perfectly balanced cocktails and oceans of wine down our throats. We told stories and cackled and guffawed while our glasses were refilled as if by magic. The food was generous, delicious and satisfying. The highlight: pork belly with crackling so crisp and salty it crunched and shattered like ice. We ate and drank ourselves into a smug stupor. It wasn’t until the manager (‘handsome man #3’) casually mentioned that the restaurant had closed an hour ago that we tipped ourselves apologetically onto our feet and were guided to our room.

We tumbled into our room gratefully. It immediately felt familiar and comforting: like a cup of sweet milky tea. Every element felt like it had been made specifically for the purpose it held within that room. From the cleverly stocked writing desk through to the outrageously soft towels (warm from the heated towel rail which had been thoughtfully switched on before arrival) to the cool crisp bedlinen on the French provincial bed just aching to be laid on. And so we did: we slept the well-fed, satisfied sleep of humans who felt all at once completely looked after but safely at home.

The next morning started softly and slowly – luxuriating in bed listening to the sounds of Belgravia waking up outside.

Mild panic ensued when we realised we’d lost one of our most valuable possessions – the power adaptor. A call downstairs was met with an immediate assurance that someone would be up in a moment with a replacement. Before we hung up the phone, the happiest hotel helper knocked on the door and presented it to usas if it were a gift to royalty.

With a fully charged suite of Apple products, we triple checked our pockets and skipped down to breakfast. Being the only ones in the dining room, we got the pick of the tables – right back in front of another fireplace. It seemed only right to order a cooked breakfast – eggs Benedict, juices, coffees – we were, after all, going out for the day. A new collection of beautiful, warm staff attended to us throughout the meal – nothing was too much trouble. Ever.

With breakfast done, we Ubered our way to get ‘the London look’ in Covent Garden, Knightsbridge, Soho and Fitzrovia – all close enough that we never felt we were too far from our new home.

After our second booze-fuelled dinner at Bob Bob Ricard (I’m currently sourcing quotes on having ‘Press For Champagne’ buttons installed in my office and home) we rolled like butter balls back to the Orange, flung ourselves upstairs and drew a long and glorious bath using all the Aesop products in the bathroom.

The rest of the evening was spent laying in bed listening to the excited chatter and the clinking and chinking of glasses wafting through the floorboards from the dining room below. Not loud enough to keep us awake but familiar, like listening to your parents having a Friday-night dinner party down the hall when you were too young to join them. We fell asleep with nostalgic, happy grins on our faces.

And just like that, it was our last morning. We drew back the raw silk curtains to reveal a crisp, sunny day and a view across the road of the most delightful little florist which looked like a lost scene from an iconic British film.

After performing circus tricks that would have outshone any Cirque du Soleil performer while trying to force our luggage closed, we dragged the heaving blocks down the stairs for breakfast with friends. More charming staff, more generous portions and a relaxed chatty atmosphere: the perfect gentle full-stop to our cheeky sojourn.

Looking back on our time at the Orange, we really can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s not trying to be anything but entirely itself – a charismatic, welcoming hotel, void of the usual formalities found in larger chains. We felt really cared for during our stay; not just ‘room 1102 on the 10th floor of a skyscraper, we were the couple staying upstairs for the weekend, and felt immediately party of the Orange family.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Orange’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The decor and food.

Don’t expect

Concierge style service, but it was friendly and efficient.

Rating

Stayed on 6 Jul 2017

We loved

City location, which is 5 minutes walk from the Chelsea Flower Show.

Rating

Stayed on 24 May 2017

We loved

We really loved this hotel, such a brilliant location a few minutes walk from Sloane Square and so much nicer than many of the larger hotels nearby. The staff were really welcoming and carried our luggage up to our room, and the room was really well decorated with lovely products in the bathroom. Breakfast was lovely too (though it was disappointing that the kitchen didn't use lion stamped eggs, so I had to refrain as pregnant) - all so much better value than the larger hotels nearby. We would definitely stay again if we needed somewhere in the area.

Don’t expect

Silence! It can be quite noisy, but that's what you get in central London and it didn't phase us in the slightest. The room is really well shielded from the pub noise - despite a pub full of people, we didn't hear the noise.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Apr 2017

We loved

Beautiful room, friendly and helpful staff, well polished.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Apr 2017

We loved

Being in the hustle and bustle of Belgravia; the warm, friendly atmosphere in the bar and a great breakfast. For flower lovers, Wild at Heart is opposite The Orange. Elizabeth Street is close by and great for gift shopping and cafes.

Don’t expect

...the usual hotel set up.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Feb 2017

We loved

Beautiful but homey rooms, nice coffee and tea facilities with nice bathroom accessories. Casual atmosphere but helpful and effecient staff. Really near Sloane Square with excellent shopping, restaurants and transport links.

Don’t expect

A reception desk - you check in at the bar. A bell boy to help you with your bags and there is no lift.

Rating

Stayed on 7 Feb 2017

We loved

The room was beautiful, clean and comfortable. The staff were very helpful and the food was great. Throughly enjoyed it and would stay again, it was perfect for us and we enjoyed it more than some very expensive hotels we've stayed in.

Don’t expect

A huge room, the rooms are good but not massive.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Dec 2016

We loved

Great location and relaxed atmosphere.

Rating

Stayed on 10 Nov 2016

We loved

The room and the bathroom were really nicely done. A comfortable bed, air conditioning and well sound-proofed especially considering it is above a noisy restaurant and pub. We walked up to Kings Road (8 min walk) and shopped at the various retailers. There is also a delicious bakery on Kings Road called Gail's which was great for coffee and a bite. Chelsea is a delight!

Don’t expect

A receptionist to be there to check you in, or 24hour concierge service – its not that kind of experience! You really have to check with someone on the bar staff who will direct you to the first floor. Once we found the right person (ie: the manager who was so lovely) then it was smooth sailing.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Sep 2016

We loved

The location and the friendly staff. The food at sister location The Thomas Cubitt is fabulous.

Don’t expect

Soft furnishings and five star amenities.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Apr 2016

We loved

The room, really lovely colours and materials. Comfy bed. Bathroom great. Beautiful bowed Windows. Perfect position. Very friendly staff. Would definitely go back. Not suitable for disabled, no lifts and two flights of stairs.

Don’t expect

Very busy pub down stairs, but not a problem.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Dec 2015

We loved

Buzzy bar and restaurant downstairs. Fantastic position in Pimlico for all that London has to offer.

Don’t expect

A totally quiet night's sleep (traffic inevitable at hotel in this position).

Rating

Stayed on 29 Aug 2015

We loved

Being in a beautiful part of London with some great attractions nearby, but still have wonderful peace and quiet in the room. The room is extremely well-equipped and, most importantly, has a very decent shower (constantly hot water at good pressure) with lovely Aesop miniatures. The food at The Orange is to die for. Don't expect to need to eat anywhere else! And make sure you have the full works at breakfast :)

Rating

Stayed on 25 Jul 2015

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