Gautam Balasundar

COMO The Halkin

  • Where:London
  • Why:Quick work trip to London
  • When:February 2018
  • Who:Me
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The facade, which is also the logo of the hotel.

The bar/cafe on the first floor is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

I loved how the doors to the room are almost hidden, it lends itself to the sense of privacy you get here.

So cozy.

It's such a simple but relaxing room.

Huge bathroom. I only used the shower, but there were bath salts included if I really wanted to indulge (another nice touch: heated towel racks).

I loved having this huge desk in my room, I sat here most of the time while working.

There are mirrors in the corners, in case you needed more sense of space.

Outside the elevators; the artwork here is subtle but tasteful. Like I said, the hotel doesn't really impose itself on you. It's not the center of attention, you are.

Typical buildings in Belgravia. All off-white, all beautiful.

You can find some charming little nooks in Belgravia. This was a bar I stumbled on (and I liked the contrast of the brick and the teal door next to all the white buildings).

A few of the rooms at the COMO Halkin have balconies.

I had the full tasting menu at Ametsa, which Chef Ruben Briones altered to accommodate my vegetarianism.

There were so many amazing dishes, with this serving as the finale: La Pasion del Chocolate.

That cozy bed comes super handy when you're in a food coma after Ametsa.

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.

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 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. The Spanish-influenced tasting menu is a must.

  • Bar

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

  • Minibar

    Pretty standard

  • Children

    Yes, but they might be bored in this neighborhood

  • Price

    Luxury, but good considering the neighborhood

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