An imposing white mansion, the Colonnade is the only hotel of any stature in Little Venice. A terrace out front is a great spot for a drink on a summer’s evening. Inside, the 43 bedrooms have been decorated in traditional style – rich fabrics, four-posters and swagged curtains – while pleasing extras include bathrobes, slippers, shoeshine and free wifi. There’s also a small car park. The building was once a hospital, where Alan Turing was born in 1912 – check out the blue plaque in his honour.
The best hotels in Little Venice offer an opportunity to stay in a quiet, attractive location, with great transport links to busier parts of the city. The area is separated from Paddington by a swathe of the A40, and the two areas couldn’t be more different. Little Venice is a monied, residential neighbourhood, with choice shops, cafés and restaurants but few tourist attractions. Wander the canal towpath – or take a boat – to the zoo, or browse the plants and then have a bite to eat in the Quince Tree café at charming Clifton Nurseries. More eateries can be found a short distance away in the modern development around Paddington Basin (try Pearl Liang for Oriental food), or in and around Clifton Road (Raoul’s is a long-established favourite for brunch). So if you want to explore them, check out our list of the best hotels near Little Venice.
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