The best hotels in Belgravia
This budget hotel in a handsome townhouse close to Victoria station has pleasant, modern rooms, with cream walls, recessed lighting and teal padded headboards. They’re reasonably sized – there’s no need for beds to be against the wall – and all have a wardrobe, desk and en suite bathroom. In addition to doubles, there are singles, doubles with a sofa bed, twins and family rooms. Bear in mind that the stairs are steep and there’s no lift.
The B+B Belgravia, in a listed Belgravia townhouse, takes the B&B experience to a new level, with a style that’s contemporary, fresh and sophisticated. Bright, airy rooms, in whites and pale tones come with crisp linens and smart modern bathrooms. All are a reasonable size, with a desk and wardrobe. The welcoming guest lounge, with newspapers, books and an open fire, is also equipped with a gleaming espresso machine for 24/7 caffeine. There’s a garden at the back.
The glamorous, storied Berkeley has had some work done. A Richard Rogers-designed steel and glass canopy has created a new façade and the iconic Blue Bar has a state-of-the-art glass extension, though it’s kept its original blue-painted panelling (in its own shade, called Lutyens Blue). The Collins Room, formerly the Caramel Room, is now a light-filled space in ethereal silver. Rooms are pale and luxurious. Other pluses include two-Michelin-starred dining at Marcus Wareing’s Marcus and the lovely rooftop pool with retractable cover.
With white walls, pale marble, modish wood panels, and Eastern sculpture and art, the Halkin breathes a cool, airy minimalism into its period building. Even the curving black corridors are striking, and there are more organic-feel curves in top-floor rooms and suites, where ceilings follow the barrel-vaulted roof. Serene white guest rooms come with black-lacquered furniture, more polished wood panelling and touchscreen consoles to control room functions. Some overlook a garden. The Halkin is home to the Michelin-starred and curiously named Basque restaurant, Ametsa with Arzak Instruction.