Hotel Highlights

  • Beautifully textured interiors by design maven Kit Kemp
  • Steps from shopper’s paradise – Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Brompton Cross
  • Good value luxury rooms in the heart of Knighstbridge

Overview

A medley of luxuriant colour, statement furniture and unusual art greets guests stepping off the lovely tree-lined street and into the lobby of Knightsbridge Hotel, an ideally located London townhouse where Kit Kemp’s whimsical genius for luscious layered interiors reigns serene.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

44, including the Knightsbridge Suite and eight Junior Suites.

Check–out

11am, but later check-out may be possible by arrangement. Check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $369.67 (£220), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (Continental, £18, full English, £19).

At the hotel

Library, DVD selection, free WiFi throughout, valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, DAB Tivoli radio with iPod dock, minibar, free bottled water, Miller Harris toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

The Knightsbridge Suite is the hotel’s showpiece, with a vast raised bed (complete with sumptuous upholstered headboard) – all topped with a massive wrought-iron chandelier that hangs in front of the fireplace. Deluxe Double 209 looks out over the rooftops of Knightsbridge and the iconic (but inexplicable) Harrods chimney. As you’d expect from Kit Kemp, all rooms are individually and lavishly designed, with running themes including tailor’s dummies, oversized headboards and artworks of Peter Clark’s West Highland Terrier (a nod to nearby Harrods).

Children

Baby cots are free; extra beds for older kids are £60 a night. Babysitting can be arranged with a local nanny for £8 an hour (four-hour minimum) and £10 taxi fare.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Knightsbridge Hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, but, being located beside the culinary heart of London, it doesn’t need one. Most guests take breakfast in their rooms, but dining in the living room and the library can provide a cosy and sociable start to the day.

Hotel Bar

There’s no formal bar, but the in-room minibars are superbly stocked and there’s a huge and gleaming honesty bar beside the library, packed with full fridges, row upon row of premium spirits and everything a show-off mixologist might need.

Last orders

You can plunder the honesty bar day and night.

Room service

There’s a 24 hour à la carte menu available, which includes three-course meals.

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Dress code

Dandies and dames.

Top table

The cosy, colourful sofas in the library are the ideal places to curl up with a chunky novel and a self-made cocktail.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Take an appetite-honing stroll to Chelsea’s hugely impressive Ambassade de L’Ile on Old Brompton Road (+44 (0)20 7373 7774) – the second outpost of masterful Michelin-starred French chef Jean-Cristophe Ansanay-Alex. If the exclusively-priced à la carte dinner menu is a deterrent, the set lunch menus (two courses, £25; three courses, £35) are good value. Lovers of Japanese cuisine should put Zuma on Raphael Street (+44 (0)20 7584 1010) top of their list – and remember to book ahead.Head to the super-trendy gourmet Brazilian Mocotó (+44 (0)20 7225 2300), where beautiful people sip caipirinha cocktails upstairs, then fuel up on nuevo latino fare. Other good options not far from Knightsbridge Hotel include the bistros at The Pelham or The Gore, French restaurant Aubaine at 262 Brompton Road (+44 (0)20 7052 0100), and for excellent Iberian tapas, Casa Brindisa at 7–9 Exhibition Road, (+44 (0)20 7590 0008).

Local bars

 Kumo (www.kumoknightsbridge.com) on neighbouring Beauchamp Place is a stylish Japanese cocktail bar that serves up sushi by expert chefs from Zuma and Nobu.

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A hop from Harrods

Knightsbridge Hotel

10 Beaufort Gardens, London, SW3 1PT, United Kingdom

Planes

London Heathrow is 15 miles from the hotel. If you're not too luggage-laden, catch the Heathrow Express to London Paddington and then take the Tube to nearby Knightsbridge or South Kensington.

Trains

Victoria, Paddington and Waterloo are all less than a 10-minute cab ride away, and from here you'll be able to reach most of the UK. Walking to both Knightsbridge and South Kensington Tube stations will take less than five minutes.

Automobiles

Metered parking is available on Beaufort Gardens and there is a public car park on Brompton Place. Valet parking is also available on request.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Suzanne Aaronson , Lifestyle curator

Before I begin, I have a confession to make. Mr Smith and I are not coming to the Knightsbridge Hotel in London as wide-eyed tourists, easily impressed by all the style flourishes on display. We live in the city, not far from this boutique beauty; and this townhouse hotel,...

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Knightsbridge Hotel

Anonymous review by Suzanne Aaronson, Lifestyle curator

Before I begin, I have a confession to make. Mr Smith and I are not coming to the Knightsbridge Hotel in London as wide-eyed tourists, easily impressed by all the style flourishes on display. We live in the city, not far from this boutique beauty; and this townhouse hotel, built in the early 1800s, is going to have to work hard to impress us.

The hotel has retained a classic feel, despite its contemporary English conception, and when we walk into the small main lobby, the first thing I notice is the immaculate level of tidiness and freshness. The place feels as though it has been completely redecorated the previous day. I find myself wanting to run off with the clever ‘Scottish dogs’ artwork that hangs among the custom-designed furnishings – all selected with designer Kit Kemp’s usual gifted eye for detail. I adore her African-style chairs, made from authentic Malian fabrics (in fact, I love them so much, I buy one).

As you’ve probably guessed from Ms Kemp’s involvement, the Knightsbridge Hotel is part of the illustrious Firmdale Group – synonymous with a refreshingly bold design aesthetic. As we walk through to the drawing room, where light jazz tinkles in the background, I am immediately drawn to the roaring fire. Warming my hands above its cosy glow, I’m struck by what a cute and welcoming spot this would be for an afternoon tea or a rummage through the papers. I make a mental note to drag Mr Smith back here later for scones and Sunday supplements.

Compared to some of the other hotels in the Firmdale portfolio, the Knightsbridge Hotel, with its 44 rooms, is on the large side. This doesn’t mean that the group’s policy of redesigning rooms on a rollover basis is ignored here, though. If the carpet gets snagged or the drapes start to stick, then they immediately get replaced. In fact, why not do as I do when staying at Firmdale property, and always request a newly refurbished room?

This time, Mr Smith and I are in Room 202 – and it proves to be something of a favourite. Initially, I was a little worried about how noisy it would be (the hotel sits just off the busy Old Brompton Road), but the soundproofing was clearly well done and we sleep like rocks in our fine-sheeted, perfectly firm bed.

The next morning, we order up room service, which arrives within 15 minutes of me replacing the receiver on the bedside phone. Mr Smith and I (both exiles from the US) are delighted to find some seriously great American-style pancakes served as part of the fresh and well-presented breakfast. Also incorporating made-to-order smoothies, fresh juices and several different types of yoghurt, the menu is clearly aimed at a health-conscious crowd.

The Knightsbridge is not a spa hotel, but it may as well be for all the serenity it offers. The strangest thing, though, is that its relaxing ambience and laid-back interiors lie just minutes from the bustling shop floors of Harrods, Harvey Nichols and all those other crowded, credit card-melting emporia. Much as we love to shop, Mr Smith and I eschew our usual retail pursuits in favour of a morning browsing the antiquities at the V&A, and looking at dinosaurs and giant whales at the Natural History Museum – both equally close by.

There may be no restaurant at the hotel, but this hardly matters when so many shining lights of London’s culinary scene are within a mile of your front door. We indulge in some high-end but refreshingly low-fat contemporary Japanese cuisine – miso-marinated foie gras for Mr Smith, crispy fried lemon sole with spicy ponzu sauce and green onions for me – at the wonderful Zuma on Raphael Street, before escaping the din of passing cars on Kensington High Street in the peaceful environs of Hyde Park. It’s a beautiful day, and we find ourselves wishing we’d bought some provisions so we could have a picnic on the grass.

All in all, we loved our stay at the Knightsbridge Hotel. Are there any areas for improvement? Well, as there’s no gym or spa, and I’d love it if they gave guests passes to the nearby Peak Health Club (which has both). But it’s a pretty minor complaint really. I’d happily come back here to hole up if I wanted to escape from the many duties of ‘home’ in South Kensington. And I’ll also tell friends visiting from abroad to stay here – especially if, like me, they love picking up interesting things on their travels. Where else could you check into in London and leave with an authentic Malian chair? It’s beyond our Ken.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Knightsbridge Hotel's Guestbook below.

 

SilverSmith

Stayed on 27 Jun 2013

We loved

This is a wonderful hotel tucked away in a quiet side street near Harrods and the other joys of Knightsbridge. Staff members were very friendly and professional. Nothing was too much trouble. Beautiful quiet room, comfortable bed. Great room service breakfast. Memorable. The Mr & Mrs Smith extra glass of champagne was very appropriate.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 17 May 2012

The Knightsbridge Hotel is in a great location, on a small mews off Brompton Road. Lovely and caring staff, but some rooms are terribly small. Be sure to grab some breakfast at Paul bakery (www.paul-uk.com) on Brompton Road, just a three-minute walk away.

Rating: 8/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on 1 May 2012

It was the first time that I stayed in this hotel and I really appreciated the professional attitude and kindness of staff, from the moment they opened the door for me to get in. The hotel is very British classic in the structure, modern in the details. Rooms are big enough and there is everything you need for your stay: nice color combination used in rooms for wallpaper, armchairs and bedlinen give to the classic ambience of the room a very updated touch with taste and class. Being a GoldSmith member with Mr & Mrs Smith I've been treated with the adequate courtesy. They immediately provide me for all explanation and complimentary gifts that you would expect. A little improvement? Yes there is. The welcome champagne bottle you receive as a member must be improved – better to offer a good bottle of wine than a mediocre champagne. But if you don't bother about the champagne make the hotel is absolutely fab – highly recommended.

Rating: 8/10 stars