Need to know
21, including five exceptional rooms and two single rooms.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $160.99 (£130), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
The room rate usually includes a Continental breakfast: a spread of yoghurt, fruit, cheeses, cereals and toast with a pastry.
On entering your room snoop around to hunt down the antiques exported from Portobello Market – tin trays, cut-crystal glasses and fabric swatches – then raid your room’s Willy Wonka-esque minibar: Corn Again gourmet popcorn, cranberry and almond nougat, Awfully Posh pork crackling and Moët & Chandon champagne are among the goodies.
At the hotel
Lounge, concierge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Nespresso coffee machine, minibar, magazines, bottled water, full-size Green & Spring bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The famed Exceptional Room with the gauzily veiled, circular bed (slumbered in by Johnny Depp and Kate Moss) lives up to its name. The Victorian bathing contraption with a steampunk-style rib cage of golden taps and pipes sits amid aesthetically tarnished mirrors; ceilings are gilded and the walls papered with Audubon-style bird illustrations. The huge bay windows overlook the private gardens next door. If the Exceptional Room is booked – as it frequently is – the mural-toting Good Rooms are almost as dramatic.
A fold-up bag for your market finds, and a willfully idiosyncratic vintage ensemble so you’ll fit in with the locals. If arriving during the Notting Hill Carnival, bring something elaborately feathered and an air-horn.
The hotel has a lift to all floors. Staff are very obliging when it comes to requests; in-room spa treatments, personal trainers and more are no problem, and guests can use the nearby Body Works West gym for a reduced fee (first visit is free).
Cots are offered for under-fours, but this is the kind of place you come for champagne-soaked debauchery, not purée-splattered playtime.