When you’re staying in swanky Kensington
, not just any hotel will do—you don’t want some faceless hotel with identikit rooms, you want something a bit more special. Here are the most beautiful and unique boutique hotels in the area.
The Kensington Hotel
This one’s a real looker, with period details and stunning décor that will leave your jaw on the floor before you’ve even reached your room. Stylish and grand, but still comfy and relaxing, this place strikes just the right balance. Think oil paintings, wrought iron staircases, open fires and bookcases with cushy armchairs nearby. For a really special day, rent a bike
with a basket on the front and let the hotel kitchen fill it with a delicious picnic.
The Ampersand Hotel
If you’re exhausted from tramping around the area’s fascinating museums
, The Ampersand Hotel is the perfect place to rest your weary head. It’s a uniquely British institution with French flair and has a delightful tea salon that serves delicate and delicious cakes. There’s also a basement bar with killer cocktails. Friendly staff and charming décor make this a relaxing and very appealing place to stay.
opulent art deco hotel has a dramatic and theatrical air. The grand restaurant has a long marble bar, black panelling and gold framed mirrors that will make you feel as if you’re on a movie set in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Be sure to check out Blakes Below, the dark and mysterious club beneath the hotel where many a hedonistic night may be spent.
The interior designers of the Baglioni Hotel don’t know the meaning of the word “understated.” Echoing the aesthetic of nearby Chelsea, the place is adorned with elaborate chandeliers, vases and floor-to-ceiling mirrors, all dripping in gold, silver and black. If you need a break from the decadence, hit the spa and unwind. You deserve it.
The Bentley Hotel
Boutique Hotel, Suite Hotel
The Bentley is a swanky Kensington crash pad all about style, glamour and panache. We’re talking chandeliers, silken walls and marble floors. Actually, marble everything—600 tonnes of the stuff cover the interior of the hotel, including the hammam and bathrooms. Rooms are huge and lavish, of course, and the downstairs ballroom will blow you away.