Knightsbridge Hotel – Knightsbridge, SW3
Tim and Kit Kemp, owners of Firmdale Hotels, have the knack of creating places to stay that not only look fabulous but are also easy-going and smoothly run; Knightsbridge Hotel is no exception. An imposing house in a quiet tree-lined cul-de-sac and the ideal canvas for their skills (see also Dorset Square Hotel, Number Sixteen and The Soho Hotel). Kit has designed the interior with typical panache, using vivid colours, specially designed fabrics, original British art and statement furniture. There are two public rooms downstairs, the drawing room and library, each with a working fireplace. A fireside tea is a winter treat. The 44 bedrooms and suites upstairs are all as fresh and lovely to look at as to sleep in, with thoughtful extras such as iPhone docking stations. For a special occasion, book the stunning open-plan Knightsbridge Suite, with its triptych of floor-length windows. No restaurant, but there’s 24-hour room service. Top marks for the location too, just minutes from Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the boutiques on Sloane Street.
Doubles from £318
+44 (0)20 7584 6300; firmdalehotels.com
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