Price From $154
'Hood Earls Court, an area full of inexpensive hotels and ethnic restaurants—and yet not far from the posh shops of Kensington High Street.
First Impression A Victorian town house with a distinctly Asian flavor—from the lounge's porcelain vases and ornate birdcages (home to chirping lovebirds) to the heavy silk curtains that dress the windows.
Rooms Each of the 23 rooms is a variation on the Eastern theme. All have king-size beds; several also feature private terraces. The marble bathrooms are nicely accessorized with handcrafted wooden boxes containing Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
Plus The dining room has an unusual stained-glass ceiling, making the space seem bright and airy even on the dreariest of days. There's also a full bar, perfect for cocktails.
Minus Small rooms are made to feel even smaller by the heavy furniture, most of which was bought in Indonesia by the owner.
Details Rooms from $154 (£105), includes breakfast.