Number Sixteen, a Firmdale Hotel
A new discovery in my 'Home from Home' series
I first heard about the Firmdale Group of Hotels last year when I met Craig Markham, the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Firmdale Hotels at Dormy House hotel in the Cotswolds. We met over breakfast and exchanged tips on gardens and hotel accommodation! I thought it would fun to try Number 16 in Kensington for our four night stay in June this year.
This boutique hotel has 41 rooms and is small, intimate, and a visual feast for the eyes. Elegantly situated in Sumner Place, Number 16 welcomes you in a quiet, comfortable, cocooning way that feels like home. A very chic home mind you! A boutique hotel that still feels like a smart London Townhouse, Number 16 is alive with colour, glamour and Kit Kemp's inimitable style. Mr R-I loved every room and sat downstairs, most mornings happily waiting for me!
|One could easily mistake the exterior for an upscale private residence. I love the elegant wrought-iron balustrades and white-stucco Victorian facades. The topiaries are so elegant.|
|The living room - Mr R-I's favourite room|
|We loved the vibrant colours in the Library|
A delicious selection of fresh fruits, yoghurt, muesli and bakery goods. Hot breakfasts were equally delicious.
|I am very tempted to order these little darlings with their blanket stitch edging!|
The beauty of eating in The Orangery is that one is easily able to access the charming little garden. Chilly weather made breakfast indoors more comfortable but we enjoyed sitting in the garden on other occasions!
|The charming gazebo or summer house at the end of the narrow pond was a favourite place to sit.|
|Photo via Firmdale Group|
High tea is very popular at Number 16
|photo via Firmdale Group|
|photo via Firmdale Group|
Last, but certainly not least, let's talk about the bedrooms. Kit Kemp is renowned for her statement headboards which are all over scaled and vibrant. We stayed in Room 108 - a vision in green and overlooking the garden.
The beds are gloriously comfortable, and bedrooms are equipped with good air conditioning and complimentary wifi. The power points are in the right places, and the hair dryer is new and powerful (another very important issue). The pillows are just right too. The bathrooms, while on the small side are extremely well fitted out and everything is new and clean. I do love a bath and enjoyed a few while staying there.
|photo via Firmdale group|
Their bath products are fabulous and I learnt today that Craig was instrumental in the development of RikRak, Firmdale's exclusive in-room bath collection used across all nine Firmdale hotels. "RikRak's signature botanic fragrance, Gardenia Greenleaf is a pure white floral scent of gardenia, rose and orange blossom lifted by green leaves, fresh lilies and bergamot zest and heartened by amber and vanilla."
|The room above has just been refurbished. Isn't it wonderful!! I adore the chair, the headboard and the curtains work beautifully to bring it all together. This particular room has a balcony, overlooking Sumner Place.|
|This vibrant Ikat wallpaper covers most of the walls of the stairwells and passages, although I did hear from Craig that this is soon to be refreshed!|
|Aren't the Foxtail Lillies (Eremurus) fabulous?! This table is in the reception hall|
These two handsome chairs are also in the reception hall and contrast beautifully with the blousy floral wallpaper!
The staff at Number 16 are incredibly friendly, efficient and professional. We were delighted to meet with Craig again yesterday morning when he took us around the fabulous Ham Yard hotel. He has a remarkable memory, and perfectly recalled most of the names of fabrics, wallpapers, artists, manufacturers and more. What an incredible hotel and development! I will post separately at a later date. Have a great week everyone.