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Sometimes, I show uncharacteristic, obsessive tendencies.. Especially with films. As by the title you may have guessed that one of the films that has fallen victim to this habit of mine is the 1999 Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts film, Notting Hill. At one point I was watching it at least thrice a week.. So of course being in London, a must would be to visit Notting Hill and the Portobello markets that Hugh Grant famously walked around with the song "Ain't No ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Main House London
This is the most wonderful small hotel right in the heart of Nottinghill. We stayed for 4 nights and loved it.
I searched long and hard for the perfect place to stay in London and found it in the Main House. It seemed like most of the reviews on places that "looked good" were horrible and complained about cramp spaces, small beds, smoky surroundings and a rude staff. We found the exact opposite at the Main House. Our room was huge, beautifully decorated and immaculate. We only had a few nights in London and Caroline and her assistant Beata helped us to make the most of our stay by providing us with very helpful tips and suggestions and furnishing us with area guides. Caroline even loaned us her umbrella on a rainy day. We truly felt at home there and look forward to returning again.
The Main House has to be the best value in London!
Tucked away on a tree lined street a block away from the bustle of Portobello Road is this true charmer. No signage will be found on the outside of this Victoria house so you must know that behind these doors lies a remarkable hotel, the likes of which you will be hard pressed to find again.
The Main House located in Nottinghill - London was all and more I could have wished for. I took my thirteen year old gradson on his first trip abroad and consequently wanted our hotel to be not only special but to have a flavor of the wonder of London. I read about the Main House in a Travel and Leisure Magazine and went on Caroline Main's Web Site. Thus began the process of communication by email with my myriad of questions, which she answered clearly, promptly and with a warmth often not experienced while hotel "shopping."
Super bohemian chic, a fascinating place to rest your head
Coming to London as I frequently do on business, I was referred this place by a colleague in the film business. It was a true delight. Not only do you feel completely at home, but there is a very exciting atmosphere of worldliness, taste and excellent, but never sycophantic service. You feel privileged staying in this hidden treasure of a house, because it offers a level of intimacy and charisma that other London Hotels miss (and I have stayed at the best).
On the border of zone 1, everything is accessible by taxi, subway and bus, and Notting HIll has great cafes, parks and galleries.
I would thoroughly reccommend the Main House.
We felt right at home
This pleasant inn gave us what we were after--a chance to spend some time in a place similar to the lovely homes in the Notting Hill area we picked as our "base camp". The house was simply and tastefully furnished with antique furniture, and it was always clean. The service was excellent and helpful, and it was easy to get around the area.
We were traveling with our 10-yr-old daughter, so we wanted a place where we could put her in a separate room, and Main House responded well to this request (most others didn't even return email requests).
Considering the price, we were more than happy with the accommodations.
Great people to deal with
the folks that run/own this bed & breakfast get the highest marks for kindness and consideration. each question i had whether over the phone or email was answered cheerfully and both folks had the patience of a saint dealing with me. (as i can be sucha nudge about hotel arrangements.) going by fodors and many uk articles i would recommend staying at the main house in notting hill.
I can't tell you what a stay at the Main House entails, because our reservation was mystifyingly cancelled by the proprietor, Carol Main. All seemed to be in order with the room when Carol offered to have a driver pick us up at Gatwick. I told her to "book it" and then simply asked "how far is the Tube from the hotel" (as it would be our primary mode of transport in London)? The response I received (via email) was that "the distance to the Tube is clearly described on the web site and that we are very sorry that your travel plans do not seem to include us. We are cancelling your reservation". I don't get it. I am hoping that Fate has played a part in this and that we find more suitable accomodations elsewhere.
Quaint and romantic
No, it is not a hotel, but that's the beauty of the place.
The area is very quiet and pretty, and the appointments were perfect. The service was also very good. I would recommend this place for those with more sophiisticated tastes who are looking for something private, romantic, and with character.
What a disappointment...
Well, it sounds charming in Frommer's book and on their website but this is simply an old house. Very dirty rooms and bathroom in a five floor walk up. Also the money you are saving by being out of city center hotels you use up in cab fare and inconvenience. Staff was friendly and helpful, but I would NEVER stay here again.