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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

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