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COMO The Halkin, London
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All reviewshyde park cornerquiet streetcomo shambalaa small boutique hoteldeluxe roomsloane streetseparate showerbuckingham palacegreat boutiquewelcome drinkroom serviceafternoon teaconcierge deskperfect hotelbed was very comfortablenext trip to londonwithin easy walking distance
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Reviewed 23 October 2010

The Halkin blends almost invisibly into a quiet residential neighbourhood close to Sloane Street, Knightsbridge tube station, Harvey Nichols and Harrods.

The check-in process was quick and our bags were delivered within 15 minutes. Staff are polite, thoughtful and efficient, reflecting the discreetly professional service that the English butler is renowned for.

The hotel's decor is 'luxurious minimalism' rather than 'overstuffed baroque'. Everything that one needs is generally available and works well. Double Rooms are quiet, clean, well-insulated and equipped with very effective lighting connected to twin control panels on each night table flanking the bed. Light switches on walls are intuitively positioned and also controlled via a clearly-labelled panel on the wall. The writing table is equipped with RJ45 female jack, electricity sockets, etc; a table lamp and (moderately uncomfortable) chair completes the workstation. Other furnishings include a side table, floor lamp, stuffed chair and wall hangings. The hairdryer is kept in a night table drawer.

A choice of wired and WiFi internet access plans is offered for an unspecified fee. There are enough electricity sockets for charging one's ectronic gizmos but none next to the bed. There is no electric kettle nor free sachets of teas and coffee. However, free bedroom slippers, daily newspaper and bottled water are provided.

In the wardrobe are an umbrella and cloth carrier bag. An additional eponymous folded paper carrier bag lies in a drawer, above which is mounted the electronic safe. Alongside is a relatively small flat panel TV with cable access (in one of our rooms, the 'CH' and 'VOL' letters were fading from the remote control buttons) sitting atop the minibar-fridge cabinet,

The ensuite bathroom looks spare but boasts a bidet, toilet, heated towel bar, an undermounted washbasin in a wide and long vanity counter below a large mirror and a bathtub with shower. Bespoke Como Shamballa amenities (lotion, shampoo, conditioner, etc) add a touch of class. Hot water is almost instantaneous but single-lever tapware would be more efficient for temperature control than the existing double cross-handle faucets used for the washbasin and bathtub-shower mixers. A smart toilet with heated seat would also be a welcome improvement for winter.

The breakfast menu offers healthy, mostly egg-oriented choices. Traditional fare like kippers is not listed.

Checking out after a 5-night stay, I had expected to pay for wired internet access but it was not charged to my bill. The staff had also thoughtfully looked through my room and retrieved a belt I had forgotten. In almost four decades of leisure travel this is only the second hotel I have found to be so meticulous. Truly a gem.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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SimonWakefield, General Manager at COMO The Halkin, London, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Thank you for your review of The Halkin , Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you this year
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

My wife and I spent our anniversary weekend at the Halkin in October. The location is perfect, a five minute walk to the Tube, Hyde Park, Knightsbridge's shopping and restaurants, and the quaint Motcomb St. The hotel has a contemporary, boutique feel. Our room was comfortable and spacious - with a walk in closet and large bath. The bed had high quality linens and was very comfortable. We slept extremely well. The staff were professional and friendly. Every time we requested something for the room (tea, silverware) it was delivered promptly. They even sent up a complimentary bottle of Champagne for our anniversary. We were very well looked after at the Halkin. We highly recommend it and felt like the hotel provided significant value for the money.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2010

I took my wife here as a surprise for our wedding anniversary. The staff were very polite and we were offered a free room upgrade. The room was amazing with a curved ceiling, my wife took a hundred photos, it really had the wow facttor, even the corridors were amazing.

The location was good and we were able to pop out into Belgravia for a few cocktails before dinner.

I had brought an item from our wedding day and asked staff for it to be put on our table at our evening meal. They were happy to do this and expertly incorporated it into the food presentation. The food was exeptional as was the service.

The breakfast was luxurious and again the service was top class. I asked in the morning if we could check out late and again the staff happily obliged.

Even though I live in London I would definately stay here again for a special occasion and will certainly eat in the restaurant again.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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SimonWakefield, General Manager at COMO The Halkin, London, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Thank you for your review of The Halkin , Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you this year
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Reviewed 3 October 2010

We received an upgraded room that was very large with a comfortable seating area. After 17 hours in the air, we were delighted to be offered a glass of wine upon arrival and were pleased to sit on the couch and relax. Extra amenities like the heated towel rack and the separate dressing area were very welcome. The tube is quite convenient (although there was a tube strike during part of our stay), and it was a relatively short walk to Buckingham Palace and Victoria Station. The staff were friendly and helpful. And there was an internet station available on our floor that was nice to be able to use.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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SimonWakefield, General Manager at COMO The Halkin, London, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Thank you for your review of The Halkin , Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you this year
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Reviewed 1 October 2010

Me and my husband stay for 5 nights. Everythink was excellent. The hotel is very quiet and charming. The room, service and staff hotel were far beyond expectations. The dinner at Nahm was perfect.
I definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank you for your review of The Halkin , Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you this year
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