My business partner likes this hotel very much, to the tune of staying about 100 nights per year.
He likes the location of the hotel, smack in the middle of the nicest residential area of London, relatively quiet, but with easy access to close by luxury retail, good restaurants, etc.
It is the old Sheraton that was bought out by Thompson Hotels, and redesigned to be hip, now attracting a bunch of hipsters hanging around the second floor bar in the late evening.
Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses.
For me, I have had bad experiences at the hotel but I am assured by the young, relatively inexperienced, but friendly staff at the front desk that neither incident had happened before.
One stay, in the middle of the night, there was an electrical surge and all the lights, including the TV went on startling me from my sleep. Things did not go back to normal for an approximate hour.
The second incident, again happening in the middle of the night, involved a blaring fire alarm going off with flashing red light, non-stop, for a period of about 30 minutes. It was a false alarm and could not be ceased for too long a period.
The other negatives? Rooms are very dark with little natural light, and ceiling heights very low. Shower area is very small and confined. Elevator going to the rooms is the same way. I am a lover of the typical English breakfast, and the breakfasts here are a letdown, and they simply don't deliver.
I do like the small, intimate high-tech fitness room, but when I have been a visitor in the past, I have gone for an early workout, and have been the only one in the room. I don't know if I would like it so much if another one or two people would be working out at the same time. It might feel too overpopulated.
Be prepared to pay for Wi-Fi on a daily basis.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the quintessentially British neighbourhood of Belgravia, The Hari is moments away from Sloane Square, Knightsbridge and Victoria, connecting guests to London's most popular shopping districts, sites and iconic landmarks. All 85 designer bedrooms, of which 14 are luxury suites, emanate the distinctive modern glamour created by British interior designer Tara Bernerd. Complete with plush velvet window seats, bespoke wooden flooring, Italian marble bathrooms and views of London's skyline, our sophisticated rooms ignite the feeling of a private residence - a home away from home. Our social spaces exude eclectic cool, from the members club style bar to the secret garden terrace with a window to the stars. A contemporary Italian restaurant embellished with traditional warm hospitality and humble cuisine completes The Hari experience. ... more less
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