Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By Lee Mylne the­beau­

From the top-hat­ted door­man who greets guests in the port cochere to the el­e­gant in­ti­macy of its 50 rooms and 23 suites,

The Beau­mont oozes class. One block from Ox­ford Street in the heart of May­fair, it’s easy to see why this charm­ing Lon­don ho­tel has gar­nered a slew of awards since it opened in 2014. The Beau­mont is the dream of lead­ing Lon­don restau­ra­teurs

Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, who have cre­ated a grand but supremely com­fort­able Art Deco-style ho­tel, thought­fully de­signed with an eye for de­tail. Orig­i­nal art­works, care­fully cho­sen books and pho­tographs en­hance the com­fort of the rooms, while mar­ble bath­rooms have added extras in­clud­ing TV screens above the tub, heated floors and rain show­ers. The stylish Colony Grill Room of­fers a menu based on up­mar­ket ver­sions of Amer­i­can diner favourites, while Jimmy's, The Amer­i­can Bar serves classic cock­tails and stylish snacks and The Club Room of­fers a quiet cor­ner to re­lax in.

But it is the 'sculpted dark­ness' of the $2000-a-night Room, cre­ated by artist and ar­chi­tect Antony Gorm­ley, that is

The Beau­mont’s most un­usual fea­ture, both from the inside and out­side. While not for ev­ery­one (es­pe­cially those prone to claus­tro­pho­bia), Room is a wood-pan­elled bed­room hid­den be­hind a black vel­vet cur­tain be­yond nine white mar­ble steps. Inside, it’s a co­coon of com­plete dark­ness; on the ex­te­rior of the ho­tel it sits like a crouch­ing gi­ant in cuboid form.

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