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Number Sixteen, London

Editor's Pick
London, England, Europe
16 Sumner Place
Tel: 44 207 589 5232's insider take:

This exquisite little hotel would not normally qualify for the "Budget" designation, but it's a relative term in London at the best of times, and as budget splurges go, this is tops. Sister to the Soho and the Covent Garden, the 42-bedroom white stucco Victorian town house has benefited from just as much of genius designer Kit Kemp's attention; hence the cool, contemporary chocolate and cream stripes in the bedrooms, plus a suite of glamorous drawing rooms with well-stocked honor bars just as at the pricier siblings. This one lacks a gym, a screening room, and a restaurant, though there is 24-hour room service and afternoon tea. It's true, there isn't room to swing a kitten in some of these rooms, but sweet views from the sash windows over the quiet residential street—which is one convenient minute from the South Kensington tube station—or over the backyards and rooftops make up for that, and you can sit out in the perfect little enclosed garden with a koi pond and a conservatory.

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