They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and I wholeheartedly agree. Yet when it comes to The Portobello Hotel in London, first impressions last. Fitting perfectly into the quiet cul-de-sac in Notting Hill, The Portobello Hotel’s pristine exterior blends in with the neighbours, each white terrace looking so untouched you feel like you’re in an episode of the Stepford Wives. Think, perfectly manicured hedges and the type of architecture that resembles the homes of royalty. In fact, The Portobello Hotel is actually two converted neo-classical mansions, said to have housed many a famous face over the years.

Beyond the exterior of the hotel you’ll find 21 bedrooms, each room unique in its varied furnishings, yet every single one possessing a vintage charm. The name of my room comes with certain expectations and boy does it live up to its title. The ‘Exceptional Room’ feels like I’m stepping into a mermaid’s bedroom, fulfilling every childhood fantasy of wanting to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid. From fish wallpaper, to the intricate shell artwork that adorns the walls of the terrace (yes, the room opens out to the cosiest little outdoor space you’ll ever see), this room is somewhere I’d like to stay forever. A quiet peacefulness fills the room when I look around, seemingly every single detail considered, right down to the toilet roll holder that is vintage brass from the Great Western Railway. There’s a bathtub, a vintage book shelf complete with a reading nook and a bottle of champagne waiting for me, what more could I possibly need? Oh wait, did I mention the king size bed and Nespresso coffee machine?

Established in 1971, The Portobello Hotel is known as THE hotel for the world of music, show business and fashion. Famed for its eclectic spirit and eccentric charm, The Portobello Hotel is nothing short of spectacular. Located on Stanley Gardens in Notting Hill, it’s just a short walk from the infamous ‘Portobello Road’ (where I suspect the hotel got its namesake). The surrounding streets are bustling, but what makes the location perfect is the fact that it sits on a particularly quiet street. Even more notable is the fact that most of Notting Hill is famous for its brightly coloured houses, yet Stanley Gardens is row after row of crisp white terraces. Like entering into an angel’s playground, it’s a welcomed solace, only a few minutes from the subway and surrounded by cafes and shops (and the Portobello Markets of course)!


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