There are only three room types (Classic – Executive – Deluxe), and one suite. Both floor space and bed size increase as you go through the room categories, with the Deluxe Room we saw having a king bed and small seating area with sofa. There are prints of London on the walls and little hints of Britain in the Union Jack and pheasant cushions. The cashmere blanket adds a luxurious touch.
This being a typical Victorian building, room sizes and shapes vary, and making your way to your room happens through a maze of hallways that twist and turn, with steps up and down.
The hotel’s top-end suite takes full advantage of the building’s architecture, with a domed open-plan living area and large windows. A flat screen TV sinks into the cabinet at the foot of the bed and swivels for watching from either the sofa or curled up under the duvet. There is a small balcony, a walk-in closet, and a large bathroom with a giant steam shower, the kind we wish we had, but probably never will have, at home.
None of the rooms scrimp on the amenities: there is free WiFi, a wireless speaker, l’Occitane toiletries, and those bedside tablets we mentioned, which offer everything from room service and transportation info to a city guide.
Downstairs there is all-day dining in the lobby, a bar with outdoor terrace (with cigars on offer, like everywhere else these days), and Italian restaurant Evoluzione. The restaurant is built on the “Cucina Evolution” concept, which focuses not just on healthy eating, but offers three-course menus, pasta and all, that come in under 800 calories.
Taking advantage of an advance-purchase rate, rooms at Hotel Xenia start at about £150 ($240) a night over the next few weeks.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]