The Halkin by COMO
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... were told to harness up to climb over the O2! It was a great view from the top, and cool to climb up to the top and down again instead of just going up and down in an elevator to get a good view. We had a great guide who is trying to convince his wife to move to New Zealand! After descending, we stopped for dinner at the conveyer belt sushi restaurant inside the O2. The sushi goes up and down past the ...
... to walk across the Millennium Bridge, the newest bridge over the Thames. It was a neat pedestrian bridge, but I wouldn't make a special trip to see it.
We left the eastern part of the city and went to "Oxford Circus." It's not a circus although the crowds of people make it seem that way. (London also has the more popular Piccadilly Circus). We shopped at Liberty, a large department ...
... the field, so down we went. Then more walking through Leicester square and Piccadilly Circus, dodging the thousands of people, up the fancy shops of Regent St to Oxford circus. By then we were buggered, so hopped on the next bus back to Mile end which took over an hour in the tube strike peak hour traffic. Grabbed a bite to eat at the Greedy cow (nice burgers but after South Africa prices, everything here is so expensive!), and some provisions for breakfasts at the supermarket, then ...
... but experience has taught us that usually, USUALLY, these seats are left to the end before they fill, if at all but other cars without the first class section, are usually quite full and people are standing until they get as far out as Farnborough or Fleet. Well, tonight was an exception to that rule as has been most of the travel evening. By the time the train left, our coach was quite full with a queue for the toilet. In the group of people ...
On Saturday at 2.30pm the All Blacks were playing England on home turf and although we couldn't get tickets we decided to head out to Twickenham (the home of rugby apparently) and watch the game.So at 12pm our flat met up at Clapham Junction with Katie, Suzi and Kristy and we caught an overground train crowded with English supporters to Twickenham. After following thousands of crazy people ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Halkin by COMO London
Great Room, Great Service
I could not have been happier with The Halkin. This is a top rate small hotel. The staff are attentive without being overbearing and the room was beautiful and very comfortable. It's in a good central London location right by Buckingham Palace with easy access to the Tube and Hyde Park. Highly recommended.
The Wow factor
When you book to stay in a hotel as exclusive as the Halkin you naturally expect something special. This expectation is surpassed as soon as you enter your room. From the personal (handwritten) greeting from the manager to the luxuriously apponted complete marble bathroom as you explore the room the attention to detail is breathtaking. Personal control panels at your bedside allow you to create your desired lighting effect. The only reservation we had was the lack of personal tea and coffee making facility, however this was being picky, and if you are staying in a hotel of this class then why should you make a cuppa yourself?! Would reccomend the Halkin to everybody; business or pleasure. For the personal touch and the wow factor I think it would be extremely hard to beat. Final note, prior to booking check the Leading Hotels of the World website for special rates.
Superb, sophisticated, and elegant
Having stayed in many 5 star hotels, we were extraordinarily impressed by the superb service and exquisite and tasteful manner in which this small, boutique hotel is appointed. Our Deluxe Room was spacious; the bathroom was elegant; the halls were exceptionally attractive. Everything from the towels to the leather accessories was first class. The location is wonderful, in an elite residential section of Belgravia yet walking distance to London's finest shops and best restaurants. We would recommend this hotel to the most discriminating traveler or business professional.
Quiet and Stylish. I liked it.
Stayed at the Halkin for one night last December - I was not paying, my company was. When I am not the one footing the bill, I tend to be less picky and pay less attention to detail. However, from what I can remember, I keep a good impression of the Halkin. Professional service, peaceful atmosphere, stylish, spacious rooms (although in comparison, the bathroom was just a tad cramped, but nothing serious). My only niggle: the window in my room was absolutely tiny, did not let in much daylight and looked kinda lost in a huge wall! After the initial surprise, this did not bother me too much as I was only to be there to sleep.
We had a large group dinner in Nahm - there were about 30 of us but the waiters were efficient and quick. The food, although very weird, was excellent. Breakfast was also very tasty and set me off on my way home very nicely. I would stay there again. I give it 5 stars and it goes on the shortlist of my 4 favourite boutique hotels in London (the other 3 being Sydney House, the Zetter and Threadneedles).
So calm, so cool, so stylish, so relaxing.
Stayed at The Halkin again [for third time, just to emphasise that we remain impressed]. It has a real sense of calm and serenity, more like a very upmarket serviced apartment complex rather than a bustling busy hotel.
The rooms, certainly the junior suites, are really smart, with fittings and furnishings of the highest quality, lovely beds and top class bedding. The sofas, in particular, are really fabulous.
Breakfast is monumental!
Not keen on Nahm, but if you like Thai cuisine you'd probably love it.
One hint, check out the special offers on LHW website, then phone the hotel for a reservation. If you quote what LHW are offering, then you are likey to save a packet.
Best Hotel Ever!
We love boutique hotels so we decided to try both the Halkin and it's sister-hotel, the Metropolitan on our recent trip to London. After seeing the Halkin, we cancelled our reservations to the Metropolitan.
The staff at the Halkin is great. They are attentive, smart and answered every request we had. The concierge made reservations at both Nobu (where we saw Demi and Ashton) and a nice Indian restaurant in the neighborhood.
On the other hand, when we went to the Metropolitan to use it's gym and treatment rooms, the reception staff seemed snobby...I'm glad we changed our reservation!
We would definitely return to the Halkin.
Dougals Adams Fan? Stay at the Startship Titanic!!!!
This hotel is fantastic. It is like no-where i have stayed before. The staff are so nice. We were unsure of where to eat, not only did the concierge recommend a fantastic restaurant he made reservations and organised a taxi. We enjoyed our visit to the Halkin so much that we returned there in April of this year and my Fiance Proposed in room 406....
For anyone who is a Douglas Adams fan, they will recognised the Starship Titanic in the marble walls of the corridors. Very stylish.
If you are going to London I would recommend a visit it's so unique.
Understated elegance, excellent location & superb service
We needed a night out in London away from phones and the work waiting for us at home. The Halkin provided the perfect retreat.
Its location is superb, 2 minutes from Hyde Park and, more importantly, 5 minutes from Knightsbridge.
We "treated" ourselves to the dinner & bed package, Tantalising Thai, which although described by another reviewer as "pricey" turned out not to be. Eating in a Michelin starred restaurant in Central London is never the cheap option yet with the room & a great breakfast "thrown in" we reckon it was a bargain!
The room was glorious. Very spacious and everything you would expect from a hotel of this quality - very, very comfortable beds, the best shower I've ever used in an English hotel, fantastic products in the bathroom and a bucketful of ice waiting in the in-room fridge to chill our champagne. We used the butler service to request champagne glasses and these were brought swiftly and without comment - even though we had bought our champagne in Harrods! There was also fresh fruit in the room.
The staff were courteous and efficient. We had read mixed reviews about Nahm, the restaurant, but decided to make our own minds up. Thank goodness we did - it was fantastic. The waiter was knowledgeable and very friendly without being intrusive. The food was very unlike any Thai we had eaten before but all the more delicious for it. We spent most of the meal trying to decide which dish was our favourite but never reached a conclusion.
Add this all together with a quiet, leafy location and this has to be once of the best hotel experiences we have had.
Beautiful, elegant and quiet hotel
This hotel is just stunning. The location is fantastic and quiet, looking out to the opposite gardens.
The rooms are reminiscent of the style of Viennan architect Adolf Loos. For those non-architectural types, the rooms feature wood panelling, black and chrome, marble bathrooms. Very elegant and tasteful. There is everything you would expect from this quality of hotel - immaculate housekeeping and services, quality linen and thirsty towels, and a big marble bath to relax in. I was lucky enough to be staying in a suite on the top floor.
Sadly I did not have the time to eat in the restaurant which I have heard is fantastic.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a premium hotel, but with a quiet and peaceful boutique feel. Possibly the perfect London hide-out for the celebrity or high profile person.
Peace and Calm
Quiet location, fabulous room, great service and outstanding dining. If you're looking for a great experience (at a cost), book the room and dinner package. Great staff.