Tucked away in the residential area of Marylebone, Dorset Square Hotel combines a Regency-era townhouse exterior with a modern and bold patterned interior.
Number Sixteen is a striking townhouse hotel in the heart of Kensington. Its classic white, Victorian exterior belies a bright, richly-hued establishment within.
Guests are immediately encountered with a warm, vibrant atmosphere upon entering, perpetuated by the welcoming staff and the eclectic, unique decor designed by owner Kit Kemp.
The hotel has 42 bedrooms, each of which is individually decorated in the same bright yet elegant, highly attractive manner as you’ll find throughout the rest of the hotel. The library is decorated with black and white wallpaper, an ornate ceiling and an honesty bar. The lounge has calligraphy birds on the walls and a wooden light installation along with eclectically matched furniture and a fireplace. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in The Orangery, whose russet walls are adorned with handpicked, contemporary artwork. This leads out into the small, leafy courtyard garden, where guests can dine in good weather.
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The rooms are bright yet sophisticated, each individually designed by Kit Kemp in a modern style. The high ceilings let light flood into the rooms, which have king size beds that can also be twinned. All rooms offer free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV and a writing desk, with views overlooking the courtyard garden or surrounding Victorian terraces. The sophistication continues into the bathrooms, which have been designed with granite.
Number 16 is situated in the heart of South Kensington. The Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum are all within walking distance to the property, in addition to Hyde Park. South Kensington is filled with a plethora of dining options and bars, offering many options at the property’s doorstep.
Food and drink
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the light and airy Orangery and private garden. The small, yet varied menu offers everything from light bites, traditional English meals, and a spread of soups and salads. Afternoon tea featuring a range of pastries and finger sandwiches are available daily.
Both the luxury and deluxe room category are comfortable and spacious for families, easily able to accommodate a cot or crib. In addition, Number 16 offers a limited number of interconnected rooms for families wanting to stay adjacent to one another. Mini bathrobes, milk and cookies at bedtime, books and board games, and babysitting services enhance the stay for guests of all ages.
Facilities and activities
Guests can enjoy either of the two ground floor public areas to rest and relax. The light and airy drawing room contains floor to ceiling windows, flooding the room with light. Next door, the library invites guests to sit back with a book, have a cocktail, or afternoon tea with friends.
This is a truly beautiful, unique property thanks to the highly talented designs and decor of Kit Kemp which we absolutely love.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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The Bloomsbury is a classic hotel, whose 1920s vintage influence has a literary twist. Its convenient location makes it perfect for exploring the capital’s literary area as well as many of London’s main sights.
Set in an attractive 19th-century building, the Corinthia Hotel London offers exceptional service and quality. Its stylish, contemporary elegance is evident in the spacious guest rooms, the numerous dining options and the lavish spa.
One of the world's most distinguished hotels, long a haunt of the rich and famous, The Dorchester is an opulent retreat known for its excellent service, beautiful rooms and outstanding dining. The hotel is located on prestigious Park Lane overlooking Hyde Park.
An exclusive yet understated hotel, the Franklin is a hidden gem in residential Knightsbridge with access to a shared residents’ garden. It offers decadent luxury with beautifully designed rooms.
A small, boutique hotel that flaunts its heritage in lavish period style while still maintaining excellent service levels, The Gore is located in South Kensington, just minutes’ walk from many of the city’s attractions.
Sumptuous, classical elegance, a rich family heritage and splashes of the Orient combine at The Goring, a refined and sophisticated hotel providing delightful accommodation in central London.
A beautiful heritage property with an elegant and contemporary style, The Kensington offers impeccable service standards and a range of delightful dining options. Alternatively, many of the city’s main sights are nearby and are easily accessible on foot.
Set in what was once one of London's most luxurious apartment blocks on the prestigious Embankment, The Royal Horseguards offers plenty of period charm along with modern design and facilities, a convenient location and a well-regarded restaurant.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore vibrant and cosmopolitan Borough Market in the company of an acclaimed chef and food writer who can take you through the historic, stall-lined lanes, introduce you to traders and fill you in on the market's history.
Get a glimpse into the lives of the British monarchy on this full-day tour that takes in the austere Buckingham Palace in London and then tours the fascinating State Apartments of imposing Windsor Castle, the preferred royal home.
Explore delightful Greenwich, a leafy borough renowned for its magnificent architecture and strong connections to the maritime and scientific world. Stroll through the Royal Observatory, strand straddling two hemisphere's are learn about the race to reach China aboard the Cutty Sark.
Discover some of the secrets behind London's most famous literary figures on this fascinating half-day walking tour around Bloomsbury, one of the city's most creative corners. Wander through historic streets with an expert guide and finish up at the British Library.
Buckle up and sit back for the ride of a lifetime as you whizz around London's backstreets in a classic Mini Cooper, ticking off the sights as you go and discovering some of the city's hidden charms with a local expert.
Discover the history behind St Paul's Cathedral on a private guided tour with a local expert. Learn about its design and construction, the craftsmen who worked on it and climb to the top of the dome for panoramic views over central London.
Immerse yourself into the world of William Shakespeare with a trip to the Globe Theatre. This replica faithfully reproduces the original's thatched roof, open-air performance area and actors who encourage the audience to get involved in the production.
Avoid the crowds as you discover London’s most important sites with a private guide. This intimate tour visits Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, where you can see the Crown Jewels, with a connecting boat ride along the Thames.