For bath-related celebrity antics, the Portobello has no equal: Alice Cooper kept his snake in his, while Johnny Depp filled a tub with champagne for Kate Moss (no doubt the 24-hour honesty bar in the Sitting Room has some stories to tell). But don't arrive expecting some kind of rock ’n’ roll squat: The Portobello is a refined townhouse, with individually themed rooms – murals in the 'Cosy' rooms and fancy-pants details like claw-foot baths if you can afford to splash out on the 'Signature'. Despite being part of a Georgian terrace, the area is nice and quiet, but you're not far from the action if you want it. There are worse places to revive yourself. The breakfast here is divine too.
Considering how popular a destination Notting Hill is – especially during Carnival weekend – it can be tricky finding an excellent hotel in the area. Nearby Ladbroke Grove is a good second choice, particularly given it's proximity to Portobello Road Market, but if nothing but the ’Hill will do, we've got a handful of primo spots for you. These will form the perfect base from which to explore the neighbourhood's great variety of food, from haute-cuisine to boozy snacking to bargain lunches, and buzzing cultural scene. Whether you're looking for a gin palace or a bookshelf full of Penguin classics, there's a hotel for you. The area is also well-connected, meaning should you wish to leave such a lovely place the rest of the city is a breeze to get to.
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