Number Sixteen

The accident on Bus 88 left me shaken.  Ordinarily I am better at coping with accidents and injury, having experienced worse.  But yesterday was not an ordinary sort of day.

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So I skipped class, and hurried back towards Chelsea to get Bruno instead.

But as I was walking along Onslow Gardens, I decided to really pause, collect and calm myself.

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Fall is here.  My favourite season.  The colours if I paid attention, are glorious.

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There is a sense of song, if I only cared to listen.

I made a detour to Number Sixteen.

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Before I discovered black interiors, a very dog-friendly alternative, and a more pleasant location at Blakes, Number Sixteen was my London bolt hole.

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Because I was such a regular guest, the hotel made an exception to their no-dog policy, allowing Bruno to stay.

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My impromptu decision was a wise one.  I walked into Kit Kemp’s cheerful play of colours and textures, and immediately felt the woes of Wednesday wash away.

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They’ve done a little refurbishing recently.  The conservatory where afternoon tea is served, has been expanded, and freshly furnished.

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I felt a rush of pleasure when the crockery was laid because I am a sucker for details.

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I really like how we can compose and influence space, simply by locating objects and bodies.  It felt as if I was experiencing a still life painting.

Each room is decorated differently in this hotel.

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What’s similar though, is the use of wood elements, over-sized padded headboards for the beds, print-on-print, animal and floral motifs, and just a sense of jubilation in the use of colour.

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I’ve visited one of her other hotels on Dorset Square once.  The dining space in the basement looks like this.

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Apple green and white, wood elements, white sculptural pieces, and the requisite sky-light to flood an otherwise dim space with natural light.

In general, the feel is uplifting, feminine.  Service is excellent; there is even a private garden to enjoy.

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I recommended Number Sixteen to my mother the last time she visited.  The hotel scores high on convenience and thoughtful interiors.

My mother however, booked the smallest room… So here’s a tip.  If you are going to spend on location and X factor, best perhaps to just splurge.

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Poor Mom was given a room the size of her master bathroom in New Zealand, sans of course, views of the Southern Alps.

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For in a space that is too confined, print-on-print-on print can quickly become, cacophonous.

 

  •  Number Sixteen- 16 Sumner Place, SW7 3EG

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