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“A very private jewel --a bit unpolished”
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COMO The Halkin
Ranked #9 of 1,067 Hotels in London
Paris, france
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27 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“A very private jewel --a bit unpolished”
Reviewed November 6, 2007

It is difficult to make up my mind about the Halkin, where i have stayed 3 times. What's excellent is the small size of the hotel and the huge size of my deluxe rooms, the Thai restaurant and the immediate access to Nobu in the sister hotel Metropolitan. What is less than excellent is the bathrooms-huge, very design and very luxurious but impractical. You can hardly go in and out the bathtub and the separate shower dispenses water to the entire floor. Service is a bit erratic, though overall good though not for a 380 pound a night hotel.

  • Stayed November 2007
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4 Thank BagsParis_france
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SimonWakefield, General Manager at COMO The Halkin, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
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Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you this year!

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belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 409 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2007

I recently spent a few days in a Belgravia Suite at the Halkin. It was simply my best hotel stay in London so far.

Greeted with truffles from Charbonnel et Walker, fruit, fresh orange juice and water. Large and very comfortable room with a separate sitting area, superior technology (Hi and Wifi, lighting), brown marble bathroom with separate shower, excellent toiletries from Como Shambhala, bath salts, two types of robes, etc. Good turndown service.

I had lunch and dinner at Nahm, and both were excellent (service a little stiff). Breakfast (à la carte) was unusually good for London: really fresh juice (this is getting rare in hotels), honeycomb, good jams, muesli from Southern Alps, excellent egg-white omelette, loose-leaf tea.

The hotel has no spa but I walked (about ten minutes) to the Metropolitan and used the spa there. It is nothing special (very 1990s, rather small and in the basement) but I was told they plan to build a new spa on the top floor.

I had almost given up on luxury hotels in London but I loved my stay at the Hakin: Asian restraint + Italian style + good location + quiet.

Stayed October 2007
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Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you this year!

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los angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2007

I recently enjoyed a five day stay at The Halkin in London. The Halkin is located in Belgravia, one of London's most exclusive neighborhoods, just a two and a half block walk to Hyde Park. You can walk from The Halkin to Harvey Nichols or Harrod's department stores in about five to ten minutes. The Hyde Park Corner Underground station is two and a half blocks from the front door of the hotel...this is very convenient because you can take the Underground's Picadilly Line directly from Heathrow Airport to the Hyde Park Corner station in about 45 minutes and then walk to the hotel...The Underground will cost you only 3 or 4 pounds (if you have an Oyster card) versus 40-50 pounds via taxi. Then again, people who stay at The Halkin probably are not too concerned with saving money, given that rooms start at about $500.00 per night.

I stayed in a King Double room which is the lowest price room at The Halkin. My room was on the fifth floor, the top floor of the hotel. The fifth floor is popular because the rooms there have curved ceilings which give the space a very dramatic, architectural quality (I've posted pictures so that you can see). My room also had a rather large amount of custom wood panelling that had a minimalist aesthetic. The bathroom had loads of beautiful black marble with an inlay on the floor.

The furnishings in my room were tasteful and in very good condition (in fact, the room looked almost brand new). Lighting is controlled by an electronic panel on the wall which also has buttons that you press to let housekeeping know that you don't want to be disturbed, or, conversely that you'd like the room to be made up. There are touch screen displays on each side of the bed which allowed me to control the lighting without even having to get out of bed. Very nice.

The staff was courteous and professional. I only ate breakfast in the restaurant, but the food was great. In fact, someone told me the restaurant is considered one of the best in town.

I only have two complaints about The Halkin:

The Halkin is the sort of place where guests dress as though they are either about to head out to Harrods for an afternoon of power shopping or about to have lunch at the country club before hitting the links for a round of golf. On the other hand, I tend to dress extremely casually. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of these people who wears sweatsuits everywhere...but I do live in a pair boots, a pair of jeans and a hip t-shirt. I felt uncomfortable at The Halkin because I was dressed so much more casually than any other person there.

My second complaint concerns noise in the hotel. It has been noted that The Halkin borders an ongoing construction project. This is true. And yet, I never heard a peep from the construction even though my room overlooked the construction site. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the housekeeping closet which was located directly across the hall from my room. Unlike most hotels in which the housekeeping staff pushes a cart from room to room, housekeeping staff at The Halkin keep supplies in a closet and walk back and forth between the rooms they are working in and the closet containing supplies. This meant that every morning, all morning long, I heard the housekeeping staff rummaging around in that closet and opening and closing the door to that closet. And yes, it was loud enough to wake me. I feel sure I was the only room on my floor disturbed by this noise given my proximity to the housekeeping closet. So if you stay at The Halkin, make certain the housekeeping closet is not across the hall from your front door.

Overall, I really enjoyed my stay at The Halkin. I would definitely recommend it for anyone wanting to indulge in a bit of luxury. And I would definitely stay there again.

  • Liked — luxurious accommodations
  • Disliked — hotel was a bit formal
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled solo
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8 Thank hip_hotels_4_me
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SimonWakefield, General Manager at COMO The Halkin, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Thank you for your review of The Halkin!
Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you this year!

Best Regards
Simon
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Raleigh, NC
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2007

From the elegant entrance to our spectacular suite,
The Halkin was first class all the way! The location
was central to many of the tourist attractions that we
wanted to see, and the staff was polished and
professional. The modern design somehow melded
beautifully with the historical surroundings. The room
even had a computer system that controlled everything
from the lights to the ac, and even maid or butler
service!
We did not try the in house restaurant (Thai food),
but the room service was to die for (mozzarella and
pesto burger, anyone?).
The only downside was the high price tag, but the
luxury that the hotel provided was well worth it for
this once in a lifetime European vacation.

  • Liked — The room, the service, the location
  • Disliked — High price tag
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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4 Thank ekmcler
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SimonWakefield, General Manager at COMO The Halkin, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Thank you for your review of The Halkin!
Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you this year!

Best Regards
Simon
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Bristol, England
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2007

What a fantastic place. Cannot agree with the other reviews enough, from checking in to checking out the next morning, everything was first rate.
The decor is not in any way tired but is understated and just has a overall feeling of quality and class. We had the most basic room, but it was easily big enough with an amazing bathroom.
My wife loved the bathing products and I loved the in room entertainment facility, the jukebox was huge with more than enough choice at the touch of a button.
The staff were attentive, but not in your face and everything we asked for was provided with courtesy and care.
We didn't eat at the restaurant, but the breakfast was simply amazing.
Loved this place and cannot recommend it enough.

  • Liked — Location, service and ambience
  • Disliked — the cost, but it was worth every penny!
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank jc2k
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SimonWakefield, General Manager at COMO The Halkin, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Thank you for your review of The Halkin!
Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you this year!

Best Regards
Simon
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Property: COMO The Halkin
Address: 5 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DJ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Belgravia
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:
#6 Spa Hotel in London
#9 Luxury Hotel in London
#23 Romantic Hotel in London
#36 Business Hotel in London
#172 Family Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — COMO The Halkin 5*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
COMO The Halkin 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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