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“Like staying with your favourite aunt. If your favourite aunt lived in Notting Hill.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of The Main House

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The Main House
Ranked #47 of 574 London B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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63 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Like staying with your favourite aunt. If your favourite aunt lived in Notting Hill.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2011

Having attempted to check in at The [inevitably-full] Main House on every visit to London for the past 2 years, I had pretty high expectations when finally we managed to bag a reservation. Staying in one of the large apartment-like suites here, you can enjoy a fantasy life as a Notting Hill resident. As a homesick expat of over 2 years, this meant the world to me. When your body clock's 4 hours ahead, breakfast takes on a strange significance, and it's great to have an infinite choice of fab places to polish off some quality eggs. Come 8am every day, we were battering down the doors at Tom's Deli, the Electric, 202, Daylesford and Lucky Seven (who do an excellent rendition of my favourite breakfast: huevos rancheros). We loved meeting up with friends who live in the neighbourhood and popping in and out of shops like Joseph, Helmut Lang and Agent Provocateur. At Seven, I tried on about 500 pairs of jeans, while the charming assistants cooed over all the silly toys my husband had bought at the marvellous R.S. Currie's on Westbourne Grove. To be fair, he was less entranced by The Main House than me. His issues: the stairs (we made an almighty racket humping luggage up and down them at 5am), the zipped-together bed (a pet hate), the plumbing (plenty of hot water though), an admittedly scant supply of (old and unfluffy) towels, the curtains (definitely not blackout, rather a godsend for peeping Toms), the mismatched antiques and the creaky floorboards. But then he's a 5 star luxury boy and this is an entirely different proposition. For the first time visitor to the area, Caroline Main, a truly delightful host, is offering something very distinctive, soulful and charming here (quite apart from the unbeatable value): a genuine insight into life in a unique London enclave. I enjoyed my stay very much.

Room Tip: Try for a room on the first floor to avoid stairs!
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Varese, Italy
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2011

It's huge, it's calm and in a wonderful position to visit the main City attractions. Maybe breakfast is too simple, but this is a great place to stay. I love its big rooms and the wooden floor. The double bed is really comfortable. In our room there was a sofa and a TV with DVD player just in front of the bed. Guide books and a fridge are available at first floor. Moa is really kind, she arranged for us transfer from and to the airport at a good price. We were there also in 2010. It's becoming a little hard to find a room, so plan your visit and book in advance!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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boston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2011

This was a find tucked away in Notting Hill near the Portobello Market. Only three rooms/suites triple the size you’d find anywhere else in London for anywhere near the price. A bit of a hike to the tube, but worth the walk through a lovely and picturesque neighborhood and really more central than it seemed once you were on the tube or walking.. The bed was comfortable, there was lots of storage and the little extras like adaptor plugs and an alarm clock were there in the drawer with the hairdryer, plus a fridge across the hall. It’s not exactly a B&B, as there’s no breakfast, just coffee or tea, served elegantly, but still, it would have been nice just to get a croissant or something similar, doesn’t seem like it would take that much effort. Also while the room was lovely in a spare antique kind of way, the bathroom needed a shelf and lights directly over the bathroom sink, a plug there for the hairdryer and a few hooks to hang things from. Most annoying was that the only soap was the watery liquid kind; having heard about this we just went out and bought a bar ourselves. Moa was lovely and helpful and Caroline, the proprietor, was full of helpful information and tips. It wasn’t “staffed” in the traditional way, but Moa and Caroline were in the ground floor apartment and very available.

Room Tip: short climb if you take the first floor, but see the pictures online.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Calgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2011

The Main House is perfection!

A superb and unique home away from home, complete with charm and elegance within the hustle and bustle of one of the greatest cities in the world.
If your voyages take you in search of discovery and authenticity in the people, places and experiences you seek: The Main House is for you.

Caroline and Moa were more than hospitable, going out of their way to enhance our London
experience. We were sad to leave, but in our return travels to London, we have found our true "home away from home."

P.S. Ample closet space, gorgeous antique furniture and rugs, heavenly beds with duvets, immaculate washroom with all necessities (including soap, soft white towels, toilet paper,
hairdryer, power adapters etc.) all on a quiet street in the heart of Nottinghill!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2011

Mainhouse was by far one of the biggest disappointments we've encountered in our recent travels and we travel a lot. The alarm bells went off as soon as we arrived and walked into the hallway. Our room wasn't ready, so we wandered around the neighbourhood, which is lovely, featuring great shopping and interesting restaurants and eateries (a highlight including Otto Lenghi). When we finally returned the room we were first offered was no longer available -- odd, we thought! the room we ended up in was pleasant enough, though everything (upholstery, area rug, ...) were tatty. There was no closet to hang up clothing. No curtain in the bathroom, which was inconvenient and annoying. there were not enough towels (and when we asked for more or for them to be changed, we received none; the ones we had were soggy and damp). There was no soap provided for washing hands or bathing. And there was never enough toilet paper -- we ended up having to go out and buy our own one day.
It was expensive for what was offered; we left early and were still required to pay until the end of our stay, even though we gave several days notice.
I would strongly discourage anyone from considering Main House. We'll never return.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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North Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2011

Every bit of our stay was just fabulous. Perfect location, Notting hill couldn't be more pleasant. Very apartment like living with the amenities of housekeeping and morning coffee/tea. We stayed in the French suite on the top floor, lots of space and very comfortable. We felt very welcomed and enjoyed the privacy. Moa was very kind and happy to give directions, arrange a car service, or anything we asked.

We will definitely be returning to the main house for future stays in London! I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a comfortable, independent stay in London.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Lauren D
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2011

This was our fourth stay at the Main House. We usually arrange our vaction in London around availability of a room here. The location in Notting Hill is perfect - just a few steps to restaurants, shopping, and the tube. Each "room" is actually an entire floor (bathroom included) so you have a lot of privacy. Each of the 3 floors is spacious and wonderfully furnished - we've now stayed at least once on each floor. We've had to stay at other places in London but Main House is always our first choice. Caroline Main and staff are always friendly and professional. You don't find many places who lend you a jacket for several days because you forgot to pack one.

Room Tip: Book early to get the room you want. The floors differ in some details but all provide a wonderful s...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Main House
Address: 6 Colville Road | Notting Hill, London W11 2BP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Notting Hill
Hotel Style:
Ranked #47 of 574 B&Bs / Inns in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
The Main House Hotel London

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