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Yesterday we told you how we ended up slightly underwhelmed by our stay at the Belgraves on opening night; today, it’s time to turn away from the rooms and towards something equally important – the restaurant and bar.
Belgraves has enlisted celeb chef Mark Hix to head up the resto (imaginatively called Hix Belgravia). But could the restaurant pep up the slightly disappointing hotel? Here goes.
We checked in at 8pm, stomach empty, hoping to go straight into dinner. The restaurant seemed buzzing but not full. But when we asked at check in whether we had to reserve a time or could pop down whenever, we got different answer after different answer after different answer.
First, it was fully committed for the evening. Then – after we suggested eating at the bar – a table in the restaurant suddenly opened up at 9.45pm. Within one minute, that offer had been retracted, and the offer had been extended to us to eat the restaurant menu in the bar. Next thing we knew, the guy at check in was insisting on showing us round the bar – despite us saying we’d rather just get to our room and deal with this in five minutes.
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Belgraves interprets the Thompson luxury experience in London, joining an ongoing creative movement in design, dining and art that is currently forging the “new Britannia”
Them’s some big promises. Anyways, we brought you pictures of the rooms and the public areas last week; this week, it’s time to talk our experience. Did it live up to our (high) expectations?
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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.
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With just six days to go till Thompson crosses the pond and Belgraves opens (finally), we popped round this morning to see how things looked. Would they be on track?
Well, from the face of it, yes. The entrance, lobby and restaurant looked finished, down to artwork on the walls and tables laid for dinner. The hotel sign was affixed to the wall. The imposing doorway was in place. It all looked pretty much ready to go on the ground floor.
Then we looked up and saw what looked like unfinished rooms through the windows – some appeared to have curtains, some not. Will they open with all their rooms on Wednesday? We hope so, but it wouldn’t be a dealbreaker if they didn’t.
The eagerly-anticipated Belgraves Hotel is just a few week away from opening and while we're anxiously awaiting reports of the hotel's interiors (so far we've only got this Last week, we saw rates on February 1 go from £255 to £217 before settling at around £236 a night for a king superior room. But today, the rates went even lower to £206 a night. That's for an advance purchase rate with no cancellations allowed and it still works out to be about $381USD a night but it's more doable than the initial £336 room rate we first heard about. We also suspect that in just a few short weeks, the Belgraves, due to popularity, will probably jump back up to the £336 room rate. So get it now while you can.
Last week, we saw rates on February 1 go from £255 to £217 before settling at around £236 a night for a king superior room. But today, the rates went even lower to £206 a night. That's for an advance purchase rate with no cancellations allowed and it still works out to be about $381USD a night but it's more doable than the initial £336 room rate we first heard about.
We also suspect that in just a few short weeks, the Belgraves, due to popularity, will probably jump back up to the £336 room rate. So get it now while you can.
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Just the other week we had speculated that The Belgraves, Thompson Hotels very first London hotel, would open sometime around January 16 but now we've got word that bookings are actually open from February 1.
But there's some even better news here--prices start at £215 a night for a king deluxe room with lounge area. That's an advance purchase rate, meaning no refunds or cancellations, but it's a huge improvement from the previous opening rate we first heard of £336 a night.
So what do you get for £215 a night? For starters, a king bed with Sferra linens, a white and grey marble bathrooms with marble floors, a walk-in shower, toiletries from Penhaligon's and an LCD flat-screen TV. The hotel will also have an 80-cover restaurant from Chef Marc Hix as well as a library bar, a fitness center and a lobby scene that aims to be "a second home for both hotel guests and London’s glitterati alike."