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Inside The Belgraves: Thompson Hotels Cross The Pond

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February 2, 2012 at 4:24 PM | by | ()

The holy day finally came! Yesterday, Thompson Hotels opened their first property outside the US: the Belgraves, in the heart of London's poshest nabe, Belgravia.

We were first (OK, technically seventh) through the doors last night, and emerged this morning. Details of our sleepover to come (let's just say it was both eventful and emotional), but today, we're letting you make up your own minds about the decor.

First, the public spaces. Belgraves is relatively small, with a lobby and Hix restaurant to seat 80 on the ground floor, and Mark's Bar on the mezzanine overhead. In a weird positioning, through a side door off the bar is the gym.

Next, the rooms. We checked into two rooms during our stay, both king deluxes: 604 and 704. 604 was a disabled room, hence we requested to be moved, and 704 is what we got. What's interesting is the difference in size and layout, despite their being the same category. This was, after all, always a hotel - the former Sheraton - and we assumed all rooms would be laid out the same.

More on the rooms, the food, the booze, the staff, the non-service and opening night hiccups to come. Stay tuned.

Archived Comments:

Sooo much to say!

It looks very Thompsonized, which is cool to see. But some things puzzle me. Like the TV area in the guestrooms look kind of sad. TV mounted on wall, console table on the ground. That's it. However, the bed and the headboard and the lights look very cool. I also like the little window nook. The bathrooms look kind of cool with all the marble but the disabled one is a bummer. On the bright side, good to know they have these bathrooms for those who need them!

Downstairs, my first thought was that the concierge desk makes guests sit on little poofs. That does not seem comfortable. But overall, it looks good. Like I said, very Thompsonized. Eager to learn more though!