Number Sixteen is the most central of the anti-royal hotels we've featured thus far, just a skip away from Harrods and chi-chi Brompton Road lounges. In look and feel it's nouveau cool and, yes, a little nouveau riche, but with sunny splashes of color all about and playful statement pieces—a bark chandelier in one room, for instance—it's more inviting than other area lodgings.
Differentiating it from, say, your run-of-the-mill Four Seasons is a fresh take on English design—lots of whites and florals and wingback chairs set off against color-blocked curtains rather than heavy, chintzy tapestries. When weather allows (coughdoubtfulcough), you can relax in the private garden with a book, or sit in the conservatory instead.
One detriment to many boutique hotels is their lack of an on-site restaurant, but Number Sixteen does provide 24-hour eat-in room service, with a menu that's markedly more sophisticated than the overcooked eggs and soggy bacon other places of this size pass off as food. (Think endive salads and croque monsieurs instead.) Kensington wouldn't have it any other way.
Last we checked, there are still Double Rooms available on Royal Wedding Weekend. If you're traveling to London to experience the excited buzz that Will and Kate's nuptialAnti-Royal Wedding Hotels: Bethnal Green's Town Hall Hotel and Apartmentss are sure to drum up, this is a prime neighborhood to do so, as it allows for easy access to royal family-related landmarks.
But when it comes to surviving the crush of tourists sure to be elbowing for a prime vantage point of the festivities, well, even Number Sixteen's concierge service can't help you there.
[Photos: Number Sixteen]