London hotels: The Inspector visits Lime Tree – an ‘exceptional’ hotel with a country house feel
The Inspector visits an ‘exceptional’ London hotel with a country house feel that is ‘ideal for anyone coming into town from the shires’ (and rooms cost from just £115)
- The inspector checks in to one of Lime Tree’s 27 rooms in Belgravia
- He says his single room is ‘beautiful’, but thinks his bathroom is ‘teeny-weeny’
- Downstairs in eatery The Buttery, the inspector is impressed by his bacon ass
- Remember… the inspector pays his sentence – and tells it like it is…
It’s tempting to suggest that Lime Tree is one of London’s great secrets, except that this exceptional Belgravia hotel has been around for over 30 years.
Now it is run by Matt and Charlotte Goodsall, who bought out Charlotte’s parents a few years ago and then, during its first shutdown, gave the double gable Georgian town house a complete refurbishment.
There are 27 rooms. Seven are singles, costing £120 a night, a bargain in this part of town and ideal for anyone from the counties.
The Lindeboom, pictured, underwent a complete makeover during the first lockdown
Lime Tree does indeed have the feel of its own country house: plush sofas, light cushions, lovely walled garden with its own potting shed, original art, muted colors throughout. All that’s missing is a golden retriever stretched out in front of the fire at the reception.
My single room is small, but beautiful: tongue-and-groove panelling, a framed photograph of several oxen, lavish pillows and duvets.
The bed fits right at the end of the room under the window, overlooking Elizabeth Street, which looks wonderfully festive.
Lime Tree has the feel of a private country house: plush sofas, bright cushions, lovely walled garden with its own potting shed, original art, muted colors throughout,” writes the inspector.
The bathroom is tiny. Wash your face and your feet will eventually get a good soak. And I’m surprised how small the towels are.
New is The Buttery on the ground floor, where residents receive a 10 percent discount. It is open for breakfast and all day, but not for dinner. My roasted bacon butty is the best ever.
I get a call with Matt. He says that when his in-laws were in charge, Lime Tree was popular with Americans and bookings from across the pond are looking good for next year. But I suspect the domestic market will also be strong as the news spreads. It deserves to do well.
Lime Tree Hotel, 135-137 Ebury Street, London, SW1W 9QU.
Singles cost € 115 and double rooms from € 165. For more information call 020 7730 8191 or visit limetreehotel.co.uk.