One of London’s most expensive residential areas, Belgravia is full of beautiful white townhouses and leafy green squares. Chic, expensive little boutiques line its few refined shopping streets, while on its west side, it segues naturally into the upmarket shopping hub of Knightsbridge. As you’d expect, the best hotels in Belgravia are mostly luxurious affairs, but the area’s proximity to Victoria Station has encouraged a few budget properties to put down roots too. Stand-out restaurants (also pricey) include Koffmann’s in the Berkeley and Ametsa with Arzak Instruction in the Halkin, and Belgravia is also home to some posh traditional pubs of note, including the Grenadier in Belgrave Square. Four tube stations stand at the area’s corners: Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Sloane Square and Victoria. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Belgravia.
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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.