Number Sixteen, London
If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I am a big Kit Kemp fan. A few years ago we finally splurged on a stay at the Charlotte Street hotel for my birthday, but it had been since then since I’d stayed in one of her Firmdale hotels. When I’m in London, I generally like to try one new hotel and then go back to my favorite home-away-from-home, so that is just what I did on my trip last spring. Number Sixteen is a boutique hotel perfectly nestled in an enviable townhouse in the South Kensington neighborhood of London.
The hotel was under renovation when I was there, and there were workers throughout the hotel opening up the ceiling, changing light switch plates, among other things, which (at times) made the small space seem slightly too small, but I’m sure that’s wrapped up by now.
Luxurious, yet comfortable, full of wit and delight, this is Number Sixteen—and it’s my next Stylish Stay.
What I Loved: The decor! Kit Kemp has been a hero of mine for years, and her interiors never fail to disappoint. Her whimsical art and pattern play are the signature of every Firmdale hotel.
Something to Know: This hotel is quite small—even by boutique hotel standards. It’s located inside a Kensington townhouse (you know the ones!), so it’s more conducive to couples or those traveling alone, as I was.
Suite Dreams: I booked a single room my first night, and couldn’t even fit my suitcase inside! Luckily, they had one larger room available and graciously moved me—though of course, I had to pay the difference in price.
Stylish Sips: I loved the cozy and extremely comfortable bed. The bedroom felt like you were staying inside a luxury townhouse rather than a hotel. Honest Bar located in the living room, where you could help yourself to wine, cocktails and snacks. They trust that you will let them know what to put on your tab.
Cool Factor: Aside from being a Firmdale property, which brings along a certain cache, I love the location of this hotel. It is within walking distance from where I usually stay, and it is easily walkable to anything you may need—including the Tube.
Hero Shot: In the living room in front of the Allyson Reynolds moth paintings.
The outdoor courtyard is so charming, and a great place to have afternoon tea.