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Men, Women, Bird Lovers and Fashionistas, The Berkeley Hotel Has Something for Everyone

March 26, 2014 at 4:56 PM | by | ()

The other week we told you how the London Edition was all man, which was more than fine, just a little unexpected. So when we stepped into balcony king room at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge, we fell instantly in like with the room's feminine touches like the soft colors and patterns, the chaise lounge at the foot of the bed, and a bathroom wonderland with both a shower and a bathtub, a vanity area and a heated toilet seat. #omg

But that's not to say men won't be happy in this Robert Angell-designed space either. There were plenty of tech-centric touches like free WiFi, USB ports and outlets galore, a giant flat-screen TV, and a bedside phone/room control panel. Oh, did we mention there's a heated toilet seat? #omgx2

And true to its name, the Balcony King room features an expansive balcony overlooking Knightsbridge with a Sparrow and Finch birdhouse, something everyone can enjoy.

The Berkeley is well-known for its clever Pret-a-Portea tea time creations and its Burberry Trench borrowing program, making it a clear choice for the fashion-minded. (Not hurting is that Harvey Nick's is just two blocks away.) But The Berkeley is also known for its holistic Bamford Haybarn spa, its rooftop swimming pool (which gives kids a designated swimming hour) and outdoor movie nights. So it really does have something for everyone. Of course, as long as you can afford it.

Rates for a superior queen room at The Berkeley, which is the starting room category with a different but still stylish look, start at about 360 GBP ($600USD) a night. The balcony king, which is the top room before the suites category begins, start at 520 GBP ($862USD). This is pricey getaway for sure, (welcome to Knightsbridge!) but all the amenities inside the rooms are worth it.

For comparison, the Mandarin Oriental across the way has slightly bigger starting rooms but with a seriously dated decor. They also charge 15 GBP for their WiFi per day. So for this Friday night, while The Berkeley has a superior king room for $660 a night on Expedia and the Mandarin Oriental has a courtyard king for $653, we'd rather pay the extra $7 and get the free WiFi and the better-looking room.

If you still want to be in the area but not at these prices, The Baglioni Hotel down the road has rooms starting at $400 a night on Expedia, but the WiFi is an extra 14GBP a day. Or if you're really on a budget and don't care about location, then consider The Generator which doesn't sacrifice style for cheap rooms.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

[Disclosure: Juliana was a guest of the hotel during her stay (for about 15 hours) but all views and opinions are her own.]

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