Filled with opulent grandeur from tip to tail, book this 19-century stay for a stay of seriously sophisticated slumber, says Editor Sophie Ritchie
The Bentley has an aura of elegance that greets you before you’ve even sat down at the front desk to check-in. The ceilings are high, the lobby interiors are lavish and even the vases have a sense of regality.
This is old school glamour – a world comprised of glittering chandeliers, marble flooring and gilded stairs. It’s so eloquent in fact, that I question momentarily if I’ve wandered into an episode of The Crown.
Self-described as ‘one of London’s best-kept secrets’, you’ll find this 64-room property tucked away in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, sitting in a leafy residential area with fellow luxe hotels nearby.
Whilst there’s a multitude of London’s luxury hotspots within reach (King’s Road, Sloane Street and Harrods are all within credit card distance, as well as a number of top museums) there’s also plenty to keep you occupied within. Unwind in the spa with a 23 Carat Gold Facial, move your muscles in the gym or simply whet your appetite in the downstairs brasserie.
There’s a tier of room categories to choose from at The Bentley, ranging from a Deluxe Queen to the prestigious Imperial Suite. Regardless of size, all offer opulence – as well as daily newspapers, 24-concierge service and marble bathrooms.
I stay in a spacious Deluxe King, where the plush bedding, pale blue drapes and silky soft carpet have a traditional but relaxing feel. As does the large chandelier dripping with sparkling crystals above the bed, reminding me of The Bentley’s prestigious reputation.
It is undeniably hedonistic – as is the bathroom, decked from head-to-toe in marble with a large bath and rain shower. I waste no time in getting acquainted with unpacking my makeup and testing out the tray of toiletries. Robes, of course, come as standard here.
The Food & Drink
Dine at Peridot (a name derived from a rare gem) for brasserie-style dining from dawn to dusk. There’s also the offer of classic afternoon tea complete with scones and fizz – with advertised offers in the lift to tempt a guest into sweet tooth satisfaction.
I try the breakfast sitting for myself the following morning, which proves to be a simple but sumptuous buffet of smoked salmon, cereals, fruit and pastries, accompanied with friendly service and fresh coffee.
For those with a penchant for rheumatic jazz and cocktails, settle down at Malachite for a dose of serious sax appeal in the hotel’s swanky cocktail lounge with ruby red carpets and plush couches.
The Wordrobe Verdict
Much like the motor, The Bentley is a sophisticated and elegant property that’s ideally located for those wishing to explore the well-kept realms of Kensington and Chelsea. Grand and charming, book this 19-century stay for a stay of seriously sophisticated slumber.
Make it happen
Where: 27-33 Harrington Gardens, Kensington, London SW7 4JX
Wallet: Rooms start from £195 per night, based on two people sharing.
How: Please visit thebentley-hotel.com to find out more and make a booking.