- Style Italian elegance
- Setting Parkside Kensington
This Kensington hotel doesn’t have the glitzy façade that some insecure five-stars cling to. The Georgian building occupied by the Baglioni Hotel, although impeccable, doesn’t allude to the over-the-top grandeur that awaits inside. A cascading water feature, stone floors and oversized gold vases spilling enormous white roses create a suitably classy entrée to our new world of carefree indulgence. Children are welcome, too.
Need to know
- Rooms 67, with 49 suites, including three executive suites and two presidential suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $424.11 (£259), excluding tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 5% per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast.
- Facilities Spa and fitness centre, WiFi in the lobby, valet parking, butlers, concierge, beauty salon, hairdresser. In rooms: plasma TV, minibar, Illy coffee machine, broadband connection.
- Check–out Midday; earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Special beds, cots, and babysitting service all available.
- Also Butler service is included. Private dining possible for up to 60.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms For grandeur, nothing beats the Royal Suite, coming in at a whopping 240sq m with three bedrooms and as many bathrooms. For something slightly more modest, pick a Kensington Gardens Suite which only has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a spacious living area with a fireplace and views out to Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.
- Packing tips Your jogging kit, rollerblades or Frisbee, since the park is on your doorstep. Bread to feed the ducks in the Serpentine.
- Also A personal shopper can be at your disposal if your money's burning a hole in your pocket.
Food and drink at Baglioni Hotel
- Hotel restaurant Dishes on the Brunello Lounge and Restaurant’s menu are superb in their simplicity; influenced by north and south Italian cuisine, they're composed of only three or four seasonal ingredients (some flown in from Italy). Highbrow home cooking such as linguine with crab, chilli and Amalfi lemon are served in an Italian-baroque style dining room with grey and gold velvet armchairs, Murano glass chandeliers and views of Kensington gardens; overseen by chef Claudio Milani (protégé of famed L’Anima chef Francesco Mazzei).
- Dress code Dripping in designer: Italian labels, preferably.
- Top table To the side of a window overlooking Kensington Gardens, or next to the fireplace.
- Last orders Food, 11pm; drinks, 2am.
- Room service 24 hours. When the dining room is open, the restaurant menu is available.
- Hotel bar Superb martinis are to be had in the restaurant or on the terrace. There's a club area for private hire, too.