The demure tones of polished wood, red brick walls, fine leather and skin – occasionally interspersed with something brighter – evoke an image of a self-assured New Yorker who enjoys the finest things in life but shies away from stuffiness or formalities.
All the more curious as this 12th creation by the Thompson lux-chain has been in fact designed by Tara Bernerd, a London based interior guru. The real test for any hotel are entry level rooms and those of Belgraves are sleek if a little bijou, more than functional and rumoured to guarantee a quiet night sleep.
Good to Know
The location is superb for keen shoppers as the hotels is strategically situated between South Kensington, Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Chelsea.
The hotel restaurant and bar have a great reputation but expect to pay premium prices.
Breakfast comes at an extra charge and Wifi will cost you a whopping £15 a day.
85 rooms – Superior, Deluxe, Premium, Studio/King/Thompson Suite and the Penthouse.
Top rooms – aim for King Premium at least if not for one of the suites.
Prices start from £240 not including breakfast.Eat & Drink
In the Philippe Starck designed dining room (more New York style with exposed bricks and curved furniture) you can enjoy a mixture of seafood and beef, influenced by the Continent.
Unusually open from 9am already, the luxury Bar opens to all who fancy its demure ambiance and signature cocktails.Activities
Guests can sweat their night on the town at the hotel’s well equipped fitness center.Relaxation
Take a moment away from London’s hectic streets in the intimate library where you can enjoy a relaxing read and drink.Essentials
Parking – a public car park is nearby £ 45 a day.
Wifi – available at a charge.
Room service – 24/7.
Children – welcome with assistance provided but certain parts of the hotel are off limits in the evening.
Pets – not allowed to our knowledge.
20 Chesham Place
London, SW1X 8HQ