Gautam Balasundar

COMO The Halkin

with Gautam Balasundar
  • Where:London

  • Why:Quick work trip to London

  • When:February 2018

  • Who:Me

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Highs & Lows

  • It's a hotel of subtle charm. The hotel never gets in your way - you just find yourself feeling peaceful and at home.

  • It's a great place to get work done. Clearly there were some business people around, but even for creative work I felt so comfortable and without distraction, something you wouldn't get at some of the new, trendy hotel chains.

  • It's also completely relaxing. I loved my spacious room and barely left it; I could have just stayed in for days.

  • The staff was amazing. Valeria was my go-to person for requests but everyone was just as warm and friendly.

  • Belgravia is beautiful but a little quiet. It worked for me, but don't come here looking for a scene.

  • I felt a little out of place in my jeans and Doc Martens, but the staff couldn't care less. You should know the vibe of the place, but I would still recommend it to artist-types who are seeking a respite.

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Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury hotel

  • Vibe

    Relaxed contemporary luxury

  • Location

    Belgravia, which is very wealthy but also very pretty

  • Rooms

    41

  • Music

    Very soft, but mostly quiet throughout the hotel

  • Year Opened

    1991

  • Designed By

    Laboratorio Associati

  • Pool/Gym

    Gym

  • Restaurant

    Ametsa, headed by Reuben Briones, is a Michelin Star restaurant celebrating its 5th anniversary. The Spanish-influenced tasting menu is a must.

  • Bar

    Also has a Spanish influence, worth trying some of the cocktails

  • Minibar

    Pretty standard

  • Wifi

    Yes

  • Children

    Yes, but they might be bored in this neighborhood

  • Price

    Luxury, but good considering the neighborhood

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