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The Baglioni Hotel is home to strong design from the lobby to the rooms to the Brunello Restaurant. Murano glass chandeliers and a gold leaf-paneled reception desk are all striking features. While some boutique hotels don't offer much of a scene, that isn't the case here. In addition to style, this five-pearl hotel also offers a ground floor Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, Brunello. Cozy armchairs and a roaring fireplace set the scene for an indulgent meal paired with fine wines.
On the southwest tip of Hyde Park and overlooking Kensington Palace
The Baglioni Hotel is located in the Kensington neighborhood on the southwest tip of Hyde Park. The area is generally a mix of affluent residents and tourists. While the hotel is a 10-minute walk to the nearest tube station -- High Street Kensington station -- guests can take advantage of the free Jaguar chauffeur service within a 1.5-mile radius. The area is also adjacent to the Knightsbridge shopping district.
Spacious rooms are all individually decorated with contemporary, luxurious decor
Spacious rooms are one of the most appealing features of the Baglioni Hotel. Rooms and suites are designed in clean, classic lines. Textural contrast between dark, lacquered wood flooring and sensual fabrics -- like silk and textile quilted walls or velvet furniture -- create spaces that are both luxe and romantic. On top of contemporary pieces, art brings Italian charm with classics from the Italian Renaissance era.
There are eight different room and suite categories at the Baglioni, yet all rooms will have several things in common. Generous spaces with dark wood floors and lush fabrics also have flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, and an Illy espresso machine. Beyond these common features, room types vary with different amenities.
The Baglioni Hotel offers more features than your average boutique hotel. Here a sophisticated bar offers an array of cocktails, whiskies, cognacs, and cigars. The restaurant, Brunello, serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in a cozy environment of plush armchairs and a roaring fireplace. The elegant spa offers a long list of spa treatments with specialty options for pregnant women, and men too.
The Brunello Lounge and Restaurant is a new brand concept developed by the Baglioni group. The head chef is a former Marco Pierre-White trainee, Andrea Vercelli, and concentrates on the simplicity of Italian cooking and outstanding quality ingredients, many imported fresh from Italy.
This boutique hotel offers an excellent location on the southwest tip of Hyde Park overlooking Kensington Gardens. The individually decorated, luxe 67 rooms all showcase classic Italian touches as well as dramatic contemporary design. Perks include free Wi-Fi and Illy espresso machines, as well as extra hotel features like the spa and fitness center. While there is no pool, the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, Brunello, is a destination in itself. For an extra touch of exclusivity, this hotel also offers free chauffeur service in a Jaguar within a 1.5-mile radius.