Walking down the streets of London, I sometimes reflect upon what secrets lurk behind the doors of the stately looking buildings, tucked away in the well-heeled, finest neighbourhoods.
COMO’s elegant The Halkin hotel occupies such a place, where the concierge, however, is way too discreet to divulge any racy secrets he may know.
Opened in 1991, The Halkin building (that once housed office space) has a beautifully designed Georgian façade that oozes symmetry and style. And like its Belgravia location, it’s discreet, stylish and classy; so ‘under the radar’ that it isn’t any wonder that guests often choose this as their go-to London hotel.
With 41 rooms and suites, the hotel feels like a private member’s club, in a welcoming and non-excludatory way, which is why one of the original doyennes of luxury hotels – Christina Ong – chose this spot for the very first COMO hotel in the world. She wanted to create a place where ladies would feel welcome when travelling alone; a place that would combine faultless service and stylish interiors. From the stunning rooms and bathrooms, to the COMO Shambhala scent wafting throughout the hotel and the unique and hip design of AMETSA, a Michelin-starred Spanish restaurant, this hotel has everything that you could want in a home away from home.
Located on a quiet, leafy street just around the corner from Hyde Park and within easy schlepping distance to the shops of Mayfair and Knightsbridge, the hotel is designed to provide guests all the luxury, technology and careful amounts of discretion they could need. In these days of social media overkill, it’s remarkable that you don’t see The Halkin name bandied about all that much. I, for one, am happy for it to remain our little secret—shush!
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