Last month after our epic wedding, the Dutchman and I took a mini-moon in London to recuperate after the festivities. We booked a stay at The New Linden Hotel, a four-star boutique hotel in the heart of London’s West End. Just a short stroll from the lovely Notting Hill neighborhood and the famous Portobello Market, we knew this would be a fantastic location for a few days of relaxation and alone time.
When we arrived at The New Linden Hotel our room was ready, and we were greeted by name. I instantly fell in love with the Asian influenced decor, as I am obsessed with all things Eastern. (ie. I am an Asia geek.) We were given the key to our ground floor room, and were asked to leave it at the desk anytime we left the hotel. I have noticed this is quite common in London, and has something to do with fire regulations- it was definitely a little bit strange the first time I was told I couldn’t keep my room key. The hotel is small, however, and the desk in manned 24 hours a day so it was never a problem.
Our room was gorgeous, with elegant fabrics and beautiful furniture. (How awesome is the bed?) If you compare it to an American hotel you would be very disappointed, the room was cozy (small!) but this is typical London. I loved the faux fur throw and pillows, generally not my style, but perfect for afternoon naps and cuddles. The bathroom was roomy and modern. I appreciated the his and hers sinks, and am happy to report that the shower is to die for. There was also a caddy with the usual instant coffee, tea, creamers, and sugar- as well as a water boiler for all your hot drink needs.
Breakfast was included in the price but it was awful! I was very surprised because I felt The New Linden Hotel did a wonderful job with the little details everywhere else- yet they utterly failed when it came to breakfast. I am not a picky person, like in the least. The coffee was disgusting though, they served odd mystery meats (trust me they tasted like mystery meats as well), and the only juices they offered were obviously made using some kind of powder- leaving a grainy taste in your mouth. I stuck to the yogurt and fruit, but would have been much more impressed if I would have had the enjoyable continental breakfast that was advertised. (This is a four star hotel afterall!) I can honestly say it was the worst hotel breakfast I have ever had.
Overall, we had a wonderful time at The New Linden Hotel. I love boutique hotels because they usually take really great care for their customers, and don’t overlook the simple touches that can make a stay extra special. I would recommend The New Linden Hotel for anyone looking for a mid-range boutique property for themselves or as a couple, I probably wouldn’t recommend it for families with small children. They did drop the ball on breakfast, but if you are unhappy with toast and yogurt there are plenty of great options in the area to choose from. We saw probably five pubs between the closest Underground station and the hotel that offered up Full English Breakfast.
Have you stayed at a boutique hotel in London? Which one would you recommend?