The apartment had a living room with seating area and small circular dinner table, a kitchenette, powder room, full bathroom, and walk-in wardrobe – altogether larger than most London flats.
Compared to the first red/green bedroom with the floral wallpaper, what we saw next shows the range of different designs you can find: the dark pinstripe fabric and grey storm clouds set a much more masculine – and moodier – tone, but we really liked it.
All bathrooms in the hotel's rooms and suites share the same granite and oak, but the apartments feature a lighter marble.
This is the top-of-the line two-bed Terrace Suite, which spreads over 145 sq m (1560 sq ft), with a thin terrace running the length of the suite.
The Master bedroom (above) and second bedroom (below) are at opposite ends of the large combined living / dining room, which comes with a full kitchen.
The Master bedroom had a walk-in wardrobe and large bathroom with separate shower and bathtub with the inevitable built-in TV for in-tub viewing.
The terrace overlooked the courtyard and mishmash of London rooftops. You can see as well how big those warehouse-style floor-to-ceiling windows are.
On the hotel’s top floor is the guest-only roof terrace, which had plenty of seating under a sail-like canopy, stretching out to the restaurant’s herb and vegetable garden at the back.
We were impressed with our first look at Ham Yard Hotel: its location means you are right in the heart of London’s West End, but inside you’d never guess Piccadilly Circus and Soho’s Old Compton are three minutes’ walk away. The design of the rooms gives you plenty of choice – from bold to more subdued, from more masculine to more feminine, but all with plenty of space.
If service will measure up, we don’t doubt Ham Yard will be just as popular as the other London Firmdale Hotels. A Superior Room at Ham Yard Hotel starts just above £400 ($660) a night.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]