Shhhhh, I found a secret hotel… The Halkin on Halkin Street, just off from Hyde Park Corner. A very quiet residential street and tucked away is this glorious, luxurious, contemporary hotel. The lobby area almost segues into the Halkin Bar that is just fabulous for a quiet coffee or martini away from the hubbub of Knightsbridge and Piccadilly. The signage is so discreet I almost couldn’t find the bathroom!
The Halkin is part of the COMO group so the décor is modern but with a Asian influence, you feel relaxed as soon as you walk through the door and because it’s on a residential street it’s hard to hear any traffic, you practically forget you are in the city. The corridors and doors to the rooms almost look like one whole piece with a ‘shhhh’ secret door number, beautiful continuity taking you away from the feel of a corporate hotel.
And the rooms, oh my… decorated in pale cream with deliciously soft linen, no stark whites everything has a relaxed tone (I feel my shoulders relax as I write this), generous sized rooms, also extremely quiet, some with balconies, desks, sofas – if you were visiting the city and had to work this is ideal as they are so peaceful, calm and airy.
The hotel has ‘nahm’ as their in-house restaurant, and a private dining room that looks divine when made up, perfect for small events too with a projection screen and everything you need.
There is a gym and guests can make good use of the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape at the Metropolitan, only ten minutes walk away, or if you don’t want to leave your room (which is likely!) the hotel can arrange in-room treatments.
Seriously, what a find…