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The Halkin hotel is an extremely sophisticated and intimate hotel featuring modern Italian design. This is a stylish, contemporary haven for the discerning traveller, tucked away from the noise and crowds of London in the affluent and picturesque Belgravia district of London. Housed in a Georgian era, Portland stone building, on entering you are whisked into a world of chic relaxation.
The hotel has King Double, King Superior and Deluxe rooms with a range of ultra luxurious suites. All rooms are bright and spacious with superbly appointed furnishings and fittings and a neutral colour palette to engender a calm ambience. All rooms feature marble bathrooms, a writing desk and a range of high-end amenities, including Wi-Fi and high-speed internet access; an interactive E-TV with satellite channels, movies on demand, CDs and the Internet; a CD/DVD jukebox; Egyptian cotton linens; an in-room safe; direct dial phone with voicemail; a fax/printer; UK and US power sockets; anti-mist bathroom mirrors; a touch-screen console for lighting, air conditioning, butler call and guest services; a hairdryer; well-stocked minibar and much more, so you will be sure to have everything you need during your stay, plus a few fun treats. Staff are reportedly very friendly and offer attentive, personalised service, providing bottles of champagne and cake in-room for special occasions. The hotel also has a concierge service for booking shows, restaurant tables and helping you to plan your stay.
The hotel includes a highly recommended restaurant, Nahm, which has a spicy modern menu, brining traditional Thai bang up to date. If staying at The Halkin, sampling the afternoon tea is an absolute must, with a selection of sandwiches, scones, pastries and macaroons, this is one of the most exquisite in London. The Halkin bar is a laid back, suave area to meet friends or enjoy a cocktail before heading out on the town. The hotel also serves an excellent breakfast for an extra charge and has an extensive room service menu.
The Halkin is in a fantastic central location from which to explore sights and attractions of London. The hotel is less than 5 minutes walk from Hyde Park Corner, with the exclusive shops of Sloane Street and the King's Road nearby; and from Hyde Park Corner, Harrod's famous department store is only a 5-minute walk away. Beyond Harrods, you will find the museums of South Kensington: the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums, which have fascinating interactive exhibits and an enormous collection of artifacts. Belgravia is a great area to wander through, with elegant, Thomas Cubitt designed mansions, some of London's most expensive real estate, and some exquisite shops, including Rococo for Willy Wonka-esque chocolate creations and Poilane, a bakery so exclusive that some customers have weekly delivery by private jet! From Victoria the best of Westminster is within a stone's throw, with Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Green Park all within walking distance of the hotel. Victoria is also home to the Apollo Victoria and Victoria Palace theatres for mega musicals and the Boisdale cigar and jazz club for more low-key entertainment. Oxford Street shops and Hyde Park are also walkable from the hotel, so there is something for all interests and ages.
The hotel is very well located for transport, especially for international visitors who need to transfer to airports outside of London. The hotel is just two minutes walk from Hyde Park Corner tube station, which services the Piccadilly line, from which you can travel to Heathrow Airport direct in 20 minutes. The hotel is also just 15 minutes walk from Victoria Station, where you can catch the Gatwick Express Train to the airport in about 25 minutes. Both stations also enable you to explore other parts of the city.
The Halkin Hotel has been highly praised by previous guests, which is unsurprising considering how sleek and stylish the establishment is, not to mention its superb location. The hotel is one of the pricier options in the city, but this price reflects the high level of service, the quality of the rooms and the convenience of transport and sight seeing, so it is worth spending a little more for this special treat.