I often have to spend a night or two in London on business and whenever possible this is my choice of hotel. I grew up in South London, so don't mind catching buses or venturing out to Camberwell. If you do mind that, then this place isn't for you; but if you're intrepid, you'll be hard pressed to find such a delightful hotel in this price range.
It describes itself as a Spanish American oasis, and that's exactly what it is. It has bags of character; is immensely comfortable; spares no imagination when it comes to decor or comfort. Even in the single rooms the beds are a good size, and the shower rooms off them may be tiny but smell deliciously of L'Occitane toiletries. Although on a main road, the windows are soundproof and the hotel itself is very quiet. I'm a poor sleeper but rarely have a bad night's sleep here.
Staff are polite and interesting - as are the clientele! Perhaps because it's a small hotel I feel more inclined to say good morning to fellow guests than in other hotels. Although I've never had a proper conversation with any of them, the atmosphere here is very much warm rather than cool, and that extends to the guests too.
Breakfast is great - boiled eggs, organic cereals, Neal's Yard yoghurts, good coffee, pastries, good bread, homemade smoothies.
There's a terrific tapas restaurant downstairs (though I've come a cropper when I've not booked in advance).
My favourite thing? There's always a selection of good books by my bed placed as if by a good friend who knows exactly what I'd like to read - recently, the poems of Pablo Neruda, John Wilmot and Milton and a triplet of plays by Stephen Adly Guirgis. How classy is that?
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