England: London: Where to Stay: Hideaways: Pelham Hotel
Those who prefer a quiet, residential neighborhood should stay at the Pelham, just steps from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum, in South Kensington. While the hotel’s fifty-two rooms have antiques scattered around (formerly a Firmdale property, it has the Kit Kemp creative stamp), there’s a pleasing mix of color, patterns and objects to make it interesting but not overwhelming. The restaurant has an attractive pewter bar and a changing array of original artwork by such British fashion designers as Philip Treacy, Lulu Guinness and Zandra Rhodes. Solo travelers should check out Room 401; it has a pretty William Yeoward upholstered headboard and a treetop view of the Brompton Oratory, but it’s a little snug for two. I also liked Rooms 304 and 408, large spaces decorated in a soothing jade green. The well-dressed man should book Room 104, which Kemp designed with Anna Zegna of Emenegildo Zegna—the walls are upholstered in grey wool.
Says Steven Schapera, CEO of the Australian makeup company BECCA: “Without any doubt my favorite “business hotel” is a small boutique hotel called the Pelham in South Kensington. It is one of those amazing hotels where everything comes together and you want for nothing. I learned a long time ago not to count the stars – for instance a 5-star hotel MUST have a swimming pool and 24-hour room service. That’s hardly important to me in London. The Pelham doesn’t have those but I can’t sing its praises highly enough. And if it’s full, its sister property the Knightsbridge Hotel is my other favorite.”
Read a member Rave on the Pelham Hotel— Elena Bowes 05/22/2007