The Halkin Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Belgravia, Westminster, London

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Pros

  • Gorgeous design by Italian group Laboratorio Associati of Milan
  • Spacious rooms, with luxe, modern furnishings
  • In-room consoles with buttons for calling butler and other services
  • Bose iPod docks in all rooms
  • Great location for West End shopping and Buckingham Palace
  • Flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi
  • Renowned Thai menu at nahm, wine pairings at The Halkin Bar

Cons

Bottom Line

A 41-room boutique hotel with generous amounts of space, the Halkin exudes luxury -- from its distinctive Italian-cum-Asian interior design to its marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs. Sumptuous and spacious guest rooms literally offer convenience at the touch of a button, as all have wall consoles for calling the butler and other services. Even the location is upscale, as the property stands in the tony Belgravia district and is just a two-minute walk from Buckingham Palace. Guests also have access to the spa at famed sister hotel The Metropolitan, since the Halkin does lack amenities such as a spa and pool.

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 Scene

Spacious luxury boutique with an exquisite interior design

Lobby at The Halkin
Lobby at The Halkin

The single most distinguishing factor of the Halkin is its distinctive design, which is characterized by a mixture of Italian and East Asian elements infused with understated luxury. A simple Georgian exterior gives way to an expansive lobby with marble countertops and exquisite mosaic floor tiling. Each of the five floors of the hotel is themed after an element, with different color schemes used to represent water, air, fire, earth, and lastly, sky, as you proceed from bottom to top. Even the hallways are unique, as they are imbued with an aura of mystery, thanks to corrugated, slate-colored wood paneling that sweeps in a single curve along the length of the hotel.

The hotel promotes an "expansion of space" concept that extends into its airy rooms. Pleasant neutral tones are paired with wools, silks, and linen textiles to create an elegant, homey feel.

 Location

Just a five-minute walk from Hyde Park Corner station, in luxurious Belgravia

The Halkin is located in Belgravia, a wealthy residential district that is situated just south of Knightsbridge. With a good number of embassies and Buckingham Palace nearby, expect a handful of diplomats and tourists frequenting the streets.

  • 2-minute walk to Green Park and Buckingham Palace
  • 5-minute walk to Hyde Park
  • 10-minute walk to Knightsbridge shopping district, including designer shops and Harrods department store
  • 8-minute tube ride to Piccadilly Circus and theatre district
  • 11-minute tube ride to Covent Garden and more theatres
  • 13-minute tube ride to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, and scenic walks along the Thames
  • 16-minute tube ride to Charing Cross station and Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, London ICA, Tate Modern, and the Southbank
  • 18-minute tube ride to Bond Street Station and West End shopping district, including Selfridges department store
  • 18-minute tube ride to Tottenham Court Road Station and Soho

 Rooms

Luxurious on all levels, with upscale amenities and elegant decor

Marble bathrooms in the Deluxe Room
Marble bathrooms in the Deluxe Room

Rooms are spacious and elegant, with a neutral color scheme, rich wood paneling, and understated furnishings that have a classic, sophisticated feel. Luxury is offered on all levels, from the sumptuous marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and anti-mist mirrors to the high-tech amenities that include Bose iPod docks and wall consoles for calling the butler and guest services.

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Flat-screen TVs and Bose iPod docks
  • Marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and anti-mist mirrors
  • Wall consoles to call the butler and guest services, control lighting, room temperature, and doorbell
  • Some of the suites have private balconies

 Features

A tiny fitness center and no spa or pool, guests do have access to spa at sister hotel The Metropolitan

Fitness Center
Fitness Center

 Food

Fine Thai cuisine that mixes the traditional with the innovative at nahm

The Halkin Bar
The Halkin Bar
  • nahm is run by Australian chef David Thompson and emphasizes an original approach to fine Thai cuisine, with strong, fresh flavors. The dining area is warm and inviting, with sleek and simple wood furnishings.
  • The Halkin Bar offers wine pairings, traditional afternoon teas, and hearty fare that includes pasta and steaks. It is a stylish space, with Georgian arched windows and a black-and-red color scheme.
  • 24-hour room service

 Bottom Line

A 41-room boutique hotel with generous amounts of space, the Halkin exudes luxury -- from its distinctive Italian-cum-Asian interior design to its marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs. Sumptuous and spacious guest rooms literally offer convenience at the touch of a button, as all have wall consoles for calling the butler and other services. Even the location is upscale, as the property stands in the tony Belgravia district and is just a two-minute walk from Buckingham Palace. Guests also have access to the spa at famed sister hotel The Metropolitan, since the Halkin does lack amenities such as a spa and pool.

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Address

  • 5 Halkin St, London SW1X7DJ United Kingdom

Room Types

  • Belgravia Suite
  • COMO Suite
  • Deluxe Room
  • Double Room
  • Studio Suite
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 41
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Belgravia, Westminster
Address: 5 Halkin St, London SW1X7DJ United Kingdom
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