The Palgan family, who ran Five Sumner Place (long in the guide) until it closed, completed renovations of this Georgian town house in 2006, when it opened as The Sumner. The results of their £1.5m investment are impressive – the place is immaculate and stylishly done, without being over-designed. The amiable young manager Peter Palgan says they wanted to find a balance between comfort and design, and they seem to have found it.
The hotel’s staff are charmingly friendly and the place has a very comfortable and friendly feel – Peter says they want their guests to feel that they are coming back to a private home (albeit a rather grand one).
The stylish sitting room is particularly striking – its high Georgian ceilings and original cornicing are complemented with a beautiful wooden floor, muted colours and warm browns, chunky dark wood furniture and inviting, deep sofas.
Bedrooms are generously proportioned, particularly those on the ground and first floors, which have very high ceilings. The 'deluxe' rooms are very stylish, and the one our inspector saw had a huge walk-in shower. Bathrooms are spotless: white-tiled, with a block of turquoise colour. The 'executive' and double rooms are also a good size, though perhaps less individually decorated than the 'deluxe'. Reports welcome.