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The Baglioni earns its 5 stars.
With so many flashy new hotels opening in London…what about the more established ones? Those which may not be in the news or have any new gimmicks but which have refined their game over the years to offer great service time and time again. The 5 star Baglioni is one such hotel - located quite literally over the road from Kensington Gardens and just along from The Royal Albert Hall (it’s actually the closest hotel to the famous venue).
I stayed at the hotel recently to see if it lived up to it’s 5 star promise. On arrival, I was greeted by the doorman who held open the door and offered to take my luggage; at check-in I was given a refreshing towel and cold drink (a godsend – it was 32 degrees outside!). So far definitely so good…
As far as the hotel’s interior is concerned, it nods to its Italian heritage with opulent decor throughout as my blog colleague Andrea has noted, with a spa, gym, bar and restaurant on the ground floor. My room was a Junior Courtyard Suite with access to two courtyards with garden furniture via French windows (such a rarity in London!) and a small lounge area. The suite also had the benefit of a small sofa, two TVs, a mini-bar, magazines, iPod dock, Espresso machine, global plugs (in-case you forgot your adapter!), a bath and shower, robes and slippers. All of the essentials for a comfortable stay including a complimentary newspaper in the morning.
After a peaceful night’s rest, I headed to the Brunello Lounge & Restaurant (also reviewed here) to dive into the buffet style breakfast which was a healthy spread of all things breakfast, from hot bacon and scrambled eggs to smoked salmon, yoghurts and muesli bars. It’s also worth noting that the restaurant offers a pre-theatre menu for those visiting the Royal Albert Hall, offering two courses for £25 or three courses for £30.
Check-out was simple and fast and it’s clear to see how the hotel has become so established; it gets the 5 star formula absolutely right and offers a wide range of London luxury suites; and for those who want to step it up a notch, the hotel can even arrange a personal butler or chauffeur-driven car. It’s perfectly executed and what I’d call “no fuss” 5 star – where they effortlessly bend to your requirements without it ever being overbearing. All in all, a classy and enjoyable stay.
Photo credit: London Hotels Insight blogger Jules.
Disclosure: Jules was a guest of The Baglioni.