Normally when I travel, I try to avoid commercial big hotels simply because I feel they lack character and coziness. In my last trip we chose to stay at Number 16, a cute and cozy boutique hotel located in a residential street in South Kensington, away from the huge tourist crowds, and close to the V&A, Hyde Park and even Harrods (around 10 to 15 minutes walking). The hotel really felt like my own London residence. The staff were simply wonderful and very helpful, they managed to find us bookings in the most over-booked restaurants. The room, although it was comfortable and spotless clean, it was a bit tiny, but that didn't bother me personally as I spend most of my time outside anyways. We stayed in a Deluxe room, which was a bit smaller than I expected but nicely decorated and very well maintained. I especially loved the garden, although some parts of it were under construction, it was so beautiful and comfortable.
Would I stay there again? At a heart beat if I was not traveling with kids. You can view more pics by clicking here.