Isa Tapia

The Ampersand hotel

  • Where:
  • Why:Work, checking in with my business partners after Paris fashion week.
  • When:October 2015
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The Ampersand hotel I love flowers and colorful blooms...this made me feel welcome and happy.

I love flowers and colorful blooms...this made me feel welcome and happy.

The Ampersand hotel The cozy but fun and colorful living room, the perfect place to read the morning paper with your coffee before a busy day.

The cozy but fun and colorful living room, the perfect place to read the morning paper with your coffee before a busy day.

The Ampersand hotel Spread of homemade cookies, biscuits and cakes for the afternoon tea service is a must.

Spread of homemade cookies, biscuits and cakes for the afternoon tea service is a must.

The Ampersand hotel Afternoon tea spread. 
I love the light fixtures. These fluttery angel wings greeted me upon arrival. I'm also obsessed with the velvet staircase.

Afternoon tea spread.
I love the light fixtures. These fluttery angel wings greeted me upon arrival. I'm also obsessed with the velvet staircase.

The Ampersand hotel I found some inspiration in the books in the room...great little detail that gave me some ideas for adding birds in my next shoe collection.

I found some inspiration in the books in the room...great little detail that gave me some ideas for adding birds in my next shoe collection.

The Ampersand hotel The king bed was extra comfy with the perfect down duvets - it made it hard to get out of bed in the morning.

The king bed was extra comfy with the perfect down duvets - it made it hard to get out of bed in the morning.

The Ampersand hotel My sketchbooks and mood boards.

My sketchbooks and mood boards.

The Ampersand hotel The outside of the hotel is very welcoming - it felt intimate, like I was a guest at friends who lived in a wonderful townhouse. It has that classic, cozy and inviting feel of old school B&B with the service and details of a modern hotel.

The outside of the hotel is very welcoming - it felt intimate, like I was a guest at friends who lived in a wonderful townhouse. It has that classic, cozy and inviting feel of old school B&B with the service and details of a modern hotel.

Highs & Lows

  • Location, location, location.

  • Great living room and tea area for lounging and relaxing.

  • The bed was very comfortable , down comforters and pillows.

  • Minibar selection was not impressive.

  • My room was street level so it was a little noisy on a Thursday night.

  • Limited room service menu and hours.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 40/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique luxury hotel.

  • Vibe

    Cozy, sexy with a pop of kitsch.

  • Location

    One of the best qualities of the hotel (besides the boutique cozy feeling) is the location. It's across the street from the Knightsbridge tube station. There's a taxi stand and bus stop literary in front of the hotel. It's walking distance to the best shopping is two blocks down. It's a also very close to Hyde Park if you like a morning run. I also loved that it didn't look like a hotel - the taxi driver drove past it twice.

  • Rooms

    111 rooms

  • Year Opened

    Summer 2012

  • Designed By

    Dexter Moren Associates

  • Health & Wellness

    No

  • Restaurant

    Yes very good, modern food - clean and to the point. Great selection of wines and the perfect place for a foggy fall London night.

  • Bar

    No

  • Minibar

    Yes

  • Children

    Leave them at home.

  • Price

    Affordable luxury...not bad for London and the rooms are bigger than what you usually get.

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