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.
Spacious luxury boutique with an exquisite interior design
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.
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
Luxurious on all levels, with upscale amenities and elegant decor
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.
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