Fiona Byrne

Chiltern Firehouse

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

Chiltern Firehouse.

Chiltern Firehouse You enter through a gorgeous front garden/patio.

You enter through a gorgeous front garden/patio.

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

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

Chiltern Firehouse 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.

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.

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

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

Chiltern Firehouse 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.

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.

Chiltern Firehouse I mean, can you even with this bathroom?

I mean, can you even with this bathroom?

Chiltern Firehouse 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!

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!

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

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

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

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

Chiltern Firehouse My room had a ginormous terrace. I felt special.

My room had a ginormous terrace. I felt special.

Chiltern Firehouse The tower from my terrace.

The tower from my terrace.

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

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

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  • 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

    26

  • Music

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

  • Year Opened

    2014

  • Designed By

    Paris-based Studio KO.

  • Health & Wellness

    Nope

  • 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.

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Monocle café

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

The hotel bar

The hotel bar

MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET

Chiltern Firehouse

Chiltern Firehouse

1 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London

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