A boutique blend of opulent style, plush furnishings and lip-smacking Italian cuisine, editor Sophie Ritche shares why The Hari in Belgravia makes the ultimate modish haven for city explorers
Sitting pretty in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, The Hari, with its gleaming glass front entrance and vibrant verdant foliage certainly makes an impression.
Opened in 2016, it’s the type of hotel that prompts a swift second glance, perhaps a purred “ooh” – particularly with its eye-catching canary yellow bench (intended to snare tourists and Instagram lovers alike).
No mirage, across the threshold awaits a further feast for the eyes – the reception area alone is a stylish collision of blue velvet seating, modern wall art and chic exposed brick.
Albeit luxuriant, it’s not intimidating – staff welcome guests in like greeting old friends, ensuring a fairly quick and smooth check-in for those staying overnight.
Boutique and beautiful, this family-owned property prides itself on delivering a memorable guest experience – expect character around every corner, from the wall art to the charismatic staff themselves.
One shiny key card, a few local pointers and a welcome drink later and you’ll be directed towards the two elevators, which swoop upwards to the hotel’s 85 bedrooms (14 of which comprise luxury suites as well as a jaw-dropping penthouse).
It’s here where The Hari’s haven of tranquil privacy awaits, despite its impressive central location. Rooms may showcase impressive views across London and the surrounding Belgravia gardens, with wide windows that allow a greedy glimpse into the city’s ongoings – but within its walls awaits a quiet, far more private atmosphere.
Entering the sultry low-lit hallway reveals a surprisingly large bedroom framed by its huge window – which provides panoramic views of the below street, gardens and surrounding pristine houses.
Wooden floors, sleek hanging lighting and modern furniture all add a contemporary feel to the space – it’s undeniably stylish, the sort of room you’d envisage Miranda Priestly herself to fawn over.
The extra-large double bed comes topped with a mountain of wide pillows, whilst handy extras are offered in the form of an LCD flat-screen TV, a handy phone, on-demand movie library and an iPad/iPod docking station – ensuring the entertainment’s covered if you’d prefer a cozy night in.
Plush, poised and perfectly comfortable, these rooms don’t take luxury lightly – you’ll find a little decadence at every turn, including the see-through beaded shower curtain.
As well as its risqué rain shower (best to bring your partner rather than mum along) bathrooms also feature stunning marble design and Noble Isle toiletries (once again, turning the lavishness up a notch).
The Food & Drink
Forks at the ready. There’s no need to venture far for a delectable meal, as The Hari’s il Pampero restaurant brings an authentic taste of Italy direct to the tablecloth-clad table whilst glamorous cocktails await at The Hari Bar or upstairs garden terrace.
Executive Chef, Claudio Covino focuses on regional influences, especially those from southern Italy. On the menu, think Tuscan soups, endless pasta options and meaty mouthfuls in the form of 28 day aged steak.
Interiors are courtesy of renowned British designer Tara Bernerd, who conjures informal luxury with bold vespa-green lacquers and supple leathers.
Breakfast is also served here, with a mix of simple continental and additional a la carte dishes. The creamy meets crunchy avocado toast is especially delicious – especially when washed down with a fresh smoothie.
The Wordrobe Verdict
Plush and poised, there’s no better place for a style-filled stay than The Hari. Whether you’re in the mood to raid nearby Harrods or simply looking to sit back and soak in the ambience, discover London the designer way with a stay at this Belgravia beauty.
Make it happen
Where: 20 Chesham Pl, Belgravia, London SW1X 8HQ
Wallet: Rooms from £393 per night.
How: Please phone 020 7858 0100 or click here to make a reservation.
In a nutshell:
The Wordrobe’s Restaurant Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Overall hotel rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Words by Sophie Ritchie