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The Halkin by COMO
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5 Halkin St., Belgravia, London SW1X 7DJ, England   |  
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Stayed for one night with my husband. We have eaten at Nahm quite a few times and loved it so we thought we would try a stay at the hotel as soon as we had an excuse.

We arrived before published check in time. This was not a problem for the receptionist, they offered to sort us out a room early but we intended to go out for lunch any way. We had a quick coffee to warm up and headed out. When we returned they informed us that our room had been up graded to a studio suite. The room was lovely. Great bed and quality bedding, a good size seating area and a little dressing area. The bathroom had the most powerful shower I have ever experienced. Really liked the toiletries - aromatherapy type smell to them. Nespresso coffee machine with choice of coffee but no tea making facilities in the room.

We dined at Nahm in the evening. The food was amazing and the service excellent. In fact all of the staff we met were friendly and efficient.

The hotel is in a great location for shops and restaurants and only short walk from Hyde Park Corner tube station. There is an interesting pub round the corner also if you fancy something like that. It's called the Grenadier and in the middle of a row of mews houses.

Breakfast was also very good. Fast service and plenty of choice. My husband selected boiled eggs which were slightly underdone for his liking but still a very good breakfast over all. Great choice of preserves for toast. Great fresh juices.

I would definitely stay here again. I think it might be my favourite London stay so far!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Claudia C, Front Office Manager at The Halkin by COMO, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Thank you very much for sharing your valuable feedback. I am delighted that you enjoyed The Halkin in some many different ways and had some memorable encounters with the team. Please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience when planning your next visit to London as I would be delighted to personally assist in making the necessary arrangements.

Kind regards,

Claudia
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  • Location
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New York, New York, United States
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98 reviews 98 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

This hotel was perfect for our Thanksgiving long weekend getaway! The room was spacious, tastefully decorated with a huge marble bathroom featuring a giant tub and a separate shower, and immaculately clean! The staff was professional, courteous and very helpful (THE MAID EVEN NEATLY FOLDED UP A T-SHIRT WE LEFT OUT ONE DAY). The hotel sits on a quiet street (Halkin St.) in the upscale residential area. Street noise was non-existent in our 4th floor room. The hotel is just about 2 blocks from the Hyde Park Corner tube stop and a nice walk from Knightsbridge (Harrods). We loved this hotel and will definitely be going back!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Claudia C, Front Office Manager at The Halkin by COMO, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Thank you very much indeed for your lovely feedback. I am very pleased that you had such a memorable stay during Thanksgiving. All of us are looking very much forward to welcoming you back to your new London home and I remain duly at your service for any future stays.

Sincerely,

Claudia
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London
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We absolutely loved this hotel, hidden away from the the locura that is the City, but close to everything.

We had a suite which was amazing and in keeping with other Como hotels, elegantly understated and oozing class.

Aside from the staff being incredibly helpful and friendly, they seem to genuinely love working there which is so nice to see.

Hotel - Amazing... Staff - Amazing... Dining - Amazing... Nahm is fantastic and breakfast on the balcony just rounded off a perfect weekend.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Claudia C, Front Office Manager at The Halkin by COMO, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thank you very much indeed for sharing your experience. It is an absolute pleasure to read comments like this and we are delighted that you had such a memorable time here at The Halkin.

Please feel free to contact me directly at your convenience when planning your next visit as I would be delighted to make the necessary arrangements.

Sincerely,

Claudia
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Wokingham
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4 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This hotel is far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, offering a quiet serene haven where you can "zone out" and re-energise. The rooms are bright and airy with all the mod-cons that one could wish for.

We stayed at the Halkin in celebration of our wedding anniversary and we booked the Gastronomy Package and were not disappointed. Upon our arrival we were treated like royalty. The staff were all incredibly helpful and friendly.

Would highly recommend staying at this lovely hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Claudia C, Front Office Manager at The Halkin by COMO, responded to this review, October 31, 2012
Thank you very much for your great feedback following your recent stay with us. It was an absolute pleasure to have you as our guests and I am delighted that you had such a memorable wedding anniversary.

Looking forward to welcoming you back in the hopefully not too distant future.

Warm regards,

Claudia
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Hythe, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

This hotel is in a quiet residential part of Belgravia, London and counts many of the world's embassies as neighbours. It's a quiet location and the hotel is medium size. Unassuming from the road, the interior is however very much a style haven, imbued with an atmosphere of healthy well being - and that is the overarching message from the owners Como when you read the literature in the room and in the the hotel facilities folder. Staff are trained to please the guest and they do make the effort. Front of house employees are helpful, but with so many hotel staff now coming from eastern Europe or further 'north' it is often a case of repeating everything so as to be understood. They are charming though. Concierge was extraordinarily enthusiastic. My room on the top (5th) floor smelt of food. On mentioning this, the receptionist admitted that it was because the room (504) was near to the staff stairway or lift, can't quite remember what the young lady said. But it is the smell of food from the Thai restaurant filtering up. Apart from that the room was classy and fully fitted for the star rating and with high quality toiletries in the bathroom. Here there is a very big and deep bath plus a separate, walk-in shower with very powerful water flow. The area around the bedhead was rather dusty Views from this room are interesting and look across London. At breakfast all guests this morning were business people, but the hotel attracts well heeled tourists from across the pond and elsewhere. Breakfast itself was cooked to a superb standard with the most exquisite scrambled eggs. The orange juice is described as being according to season. By which they mean the oranges which are squeezed to order come from wherever it is still warm. In my case they were Morrocan oranges and the juice was indescribably fabulous. It is interesting to walk around this neighbourhood if you are from out of town. Try to count the number of embassies (look for the flags outside).

Room Tip: Avoid 504 unless you like the smell of Thai cooking before bed. Seriously, that did clear an hour or...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Claudia C, Front Office Manager at The Halkin by COMO, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
Thank you very much indeed for taking the time to share your valued feedback following your recent stay here at The Halkin by COMO. While I was very pleased to read about the various aspects of your stay which made it all so memorable, I would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the smell of food in your room. I completely understand that this is certainly not pleasant and I would like to assure you that we will assess this matter further together with our Head of Engineering.

In the meantime I remain duly at your service should there be anything I can assist with now or in future.

Sincerely,

Claudia
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Leuven, Belgium
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Location is perfect, quiet side of London, little traffic in the street, close to the premium shopping area, very safe area with all the embassies close by and Buckingham Palace just behind the corner.
A tube station is at only 5minutes walking.

Rooms are very spacious for London standards, have all the amenities ad are very clean and well maintained.
We had a room next to the elevator and street side, a nightmare you would expect, but no noise whatsoever.
Hotel is very quiet and relaxed.

Staff is very helpful and does all it can to accommodate for any request, going from beauty products to booking a car.

We received a bottle of champagne for my wife's birthday, I assume it was for that reason as it was not detailed why. It was a bottle of Louis Roederer champagne and not a cheap substitute as you get in a lot of hotels which shows the class of the hotel.

Free wifi works perfectly throughout the hotel.

Breakfast only offers cooked to order breakfasts, but of great quality.

The only downside I can mention is that when I booked online I booked including breakfast and received a conformation for this. However when arriving at the first breakfast I was informed it was not included. After the staff checked it became clear that with the type of booking I made it was not possible to combine breakfast and that it had not been charged either. So this was a small mistake of not having informed me that this part of my booking had not gone through.
Staff handled it perfectly and took the time to figure out what went wrong.

All in all a great find.

Room Tip: Any room works, even next to the elevator on street side you can have a perfect night.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Claudia C, Front Office Manager at The Halkin by COMO, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
Thank you very much indeed for your great feedback. Experiences such as yours really do make us very happy and proud and I am pleased that you had such a wonderful time. In regards to the confusion with the breakfast, please accept my sincere apologies again. Rest assured that I have personally looked into this matter to ensure that this will not occur again.

Looking forward to welcoming you back to your new London home, I send you my warmest regards.

Claudia
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Dublin, Ireland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

One of the nicest boutique hotels I have ever stayed in. Our room luxurious and quiet. The staff could not have been more efficient, cheerful and helpful. Location was excellent. Will be recommending it to everyone !

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Claudia C, Front Office Manager at The Halkin by COMO, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
Thank you very much for your lovely feedback! Looking forward to many more stays.

Warm regards,

Claudia
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Additional Information about The Halkin by COMO

Address: 5 Halkin St., Belgravia, London SW1X 7DJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in London
#7 Luxury Hotel in London
#11 Romantic Hotel in London
#22 Business Hotel in London
#120 Family Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Halkin by COMO 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Halkin by COMO is a haven of luxury in the heart of London’s Belgravia with the shopping of Mayfair and Knightsbridge both within a 10-minute walk. With a discreet, efficient approach to service, everything about The Halkin is about elegant understatement and its intimate feel. With just 41 rooms and suites, The Halkin is a true boutique hotel. Bespoke Italian design is combined with subtle nuances of Oriental influence with wools, silks and linens in taupes and creams. Rooms are furnished with soft carpets and warm wood panelling, and boast some of the largest bathrooms in London. The hotel restaurant Ametsa with Arzak Instruction,is a unique collaboration between Elena Arzak – voted Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef in 2012 – along with her father Juan Mari Arzak, and Mikel Sorazu, Igor Zalakain and Xabier Gutierrez.Ametsa’s approach is rooted in the traditions of ‘New Basque Cuisine’, pairing the earthy flavours and techniques of Spain’s Basque region with modern, surprising twists featuring locally-sourced and organic produce from land and sea. ... more   less 
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