Tucked away on the quiet residential streets of London’s Belgravia lies The Hari, an ultra-stylish hotel that gives visitors a touch of a well-heeled home from home. Home, that is, if yours looks like the decor child of Mad Men’s Don Draper mixed with some 21st-century sophistication.
The hotel’s look was created by renowned interior designer Tara Bernerd – and the lobby is a tactile vision in shades of blue, with oriental rugs, lacquered desks, bespoke velvet sofas and bold artwork, including pieces by Tracey Emin. I love it all and immediately want to recreate its cosy corners at home.
My room is on a corner of the hotel
– it’s a light-flooded space with huge windows overlooking Belgravia’s pretty streets. Inside, it’s a mix of wooden floors, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and pops of aubergine, from the paint on the walls to the sofas nestled in the bays of the windows. This warmth is lightened by the soft muslin drapes and huge prints of fashion photography across the walls.
For me, the most important room in a hotel is the bathroom, and this light-filled dream of a space does not disappoint with its Noble Isle products and a huge walk-in rain shower, as well as a bath. The marble fixtures are chic and completely Instagrammable, while the big triple aspect windows bring in colour from the treetops and the sky outside.
Il Pampero, the hotel’s restaurant, is worth visiting for the tiled floor alone – and there are ample little nooks and corners for a quiet gin and tonic, including the mezzanine library area overlooking the lobby and the gorgeous garden terrace.
After my late night out (this hotel is perfectly placed to get you almost anywhere in about 15 minutes by taxi), I decide to choose the breakfast in bed option the following morning – always a treat when I am child-free and can have a lie-in! My avocado and poached eggs on toast arrives promptly, delivered on a tray with a piping hot cappuccino. Please don’t make me leave!
The Hari is in a brilliantly central London location and doesn’t bother you with the capital’s usual hustle and bustle. It’s cool, comfortable and extremely covetable – you will want to return. ERICA DAVIES
Clockwise from far left: the inviting lobby at The Hari; Il Pampero, the hotel’s Italian restaurant, is stylishly decorated; the garden terrace is the perfect place to eat, drink and socialise