Fiona Byrne

Chiltern Firehouse
  • Where:London
  • Why:Farfetch Ambassadors annual gathering.
  • When:November 2014
  • Who:Me and Ted.
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Chiltern Firehouse.

You enter through a gorgeous front garden/patio.

This suite is giving me Chateau Marmont vibes in Central London.

To spark up the fire all you do is pull a lever to the left of the chimney. Never underestimate the impact an open fire has on your soul.

The bathroom is jaw-droppingly perfect. Not only is the tub insanely beautiful, the floors are heated and cozy, which is beyond comforting.

We were like ‘what’s this door?’ and opened it to reveal a glittering, mirrored mini-bar filled with snacks, drinks and beautiful crystal. There are fresh lemons, limes and oranges ready for your cocktails.

I mean, can you even with this bathroom?

Glad the Chiltern agrees that condoms should be free and in the bathroom not the mini-bar. This should be as standard as free WiFi IMHO!

They don’t give you an iron but instead iron your stuff and hang it. My PJs never looked better.

Ted was super into the old-style phone, too.

My room had a ginormous terrace. I felt special.

The tower from my terrace.

Instead of providing travel adapters to guests, the hotel has outlets that accommodate US, UK and European plugs. Hashtag genius.

Highs & Lows

  • The staff is absolutely without fault. These guys treat hospitality like a vocation and combine extreme professionalism and a can-do attitude with a friendliness and ease you don’t often see combined.

  • The décor – super charming vintage luxury. The best lighting we’ve seen anywhere in a long, long time

  • The bathrooms are bonkers. Those tubs! The heated floors! Utter perfection.

  • The fireplaces in every room. Perfect for ordering afternoon tea and getting cozy.

  • Owner Andre Balazs is there all the time, which is really nice to see. Well, if we owned it we would be, too.

  • Service – when they come and get your ironing instead of bringing you an iron then hang your perfectly steamed garments in your walk-in closet, you just think ‘I want this to be my life all the time.’

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    Super exclusive fashion/celeb mecca. The total opposite of cheesy. Cheesies not allowed in. Thanks Andre.

  • Location

    Totally central and a stone’s throw from gorgeous Marlebone High Street.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    There was a DJ playing 60s music on vinyl both nights. People danced, too.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Paris-based Studio KO.

  • Pool/Gym


  • Restaurant

    Yes, helmed by Nuno Mendes. Get the chicken caesar.

  • Bar

    Insanely good lighting. It has a Chateau Marmont/Bowery Hotel vibe with a little more warmth and sparkle.

  • Minibar

    Best I’ve ever seen. In addition to artisanal top shelf liquor and snacks, there are fresh lemons, limes and oranges ready for your cocktails. And yes, duh, there’s a knife too.

  • Children

    Don't bring, it's not for kids.

  • Price

    SO expensive! But SO worth it.

Super cool and chill...and just across the street.

Monocle café

18 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7QA, UK

Super cool and chill...and just across the street.

The scene is very fashionable and good looking.

The hotel bar


The scene is very fashionable and good looking.

Chiltern Firehouse

1 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London

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