New Hotels Inside Historic Buildings

By Condé Nast Traveler - 2013-05-07T15:50:42Z

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The Ampersand


A meticulously renovated 111-room, five-story Edwardian town house hotel (formerly the Grosvenor Kensington) close to the South Kensington tube station. The Natural History, Science, and Victoria & Albert museums are a stroll away, as are the Chelsea Physic Garden, Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, and Harrods.

The look: The witty decor's botanic, ornithologic, astronomic, geometric, and musical motifs—played out in the public areas on elegant wallpaper, in whimsical paintings of birds and beasts popping out of teacups, on armchairs covered with prancing herons—pay tribute to South Kensington's neighboring institutions. Reception rooms are warm and inviting with splashes of bold color. Guest rooms are beguilingly tranquil and cozy with high ceilings, dove-gray walls, luxurious tall velvet headboards, and ceiling-to-floor silk curtains in subtle hues. Read more.