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By Katie Wilson

Just a few minutes’ walk from Knightsbridge and Sloane Square, and right next to the new Anya Hindmarch village, you’ll find The Hari hotel.

This stylish Belgravia hideaway is the original Hari – a second recently opened in Hong Kong. While you’re getting five-star luxury in the heart of west London, it has a real home from home feel as soon as you step through the door.

There are also playful design touches such as the bright yellow bench and topiary dog outside, as well as complimentary Hari bikes for guests to explore the city.

Our favourite feature had to be the secret garden terrace on the first floor, which has heaters and a retractable roof for year-round drinks. Although the marble bath with views over the London skyline from our eighth floor room is a close second.

Here’s what happened when we checked into The Hari’s Signature Suite for the night.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The Hari hotel Belgravia
The foliage-filled hotel exterior. Credit: The Hari

After a brief stop off at the Anya Cafe to buy a monster cake (a must-do if you’re in the area), we arrived at the foliage-fronted Hari hotel.

The friendly staff were immediately welcoming, and throughout our stay couldn’t do enough for us. Within seconds of us walking through the door, they had offered to take our bags and asked if we would like a drink.

It would have been rude to refuse, so with our bags on the way up to the room we settled into the Hari Bar with a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne.

STYLE AND INTERIORS

Bar Bookshelves The Hari hotel
The library in the Hari Bar. Credit: The Hari

The decor at The Hari hotel is impressive and the design team worked with interior architects to create the feeling you are stepping into a stylish Belgravia home.

Guests are treated to art and photography exhibitions proudly displayed in the lobby, which change regularly so there is always something new to see. They recently had rare photos of The Beatles on display here.

Art is key here, so expect to see pieces from renowned artists such as Tracey Emin and celebrity photographer Mario Testino on the walls.

There is a library bookshelf in the bar which guests are encouraged to use, plus a Snug room with roaring fire to cosy up in during cooler months. While The Muse room doubles as a projector space and private dining area.

THE ROOMS

Studio Suite The Hari hotel
The view from a Studio Suite on the eighth floor. Credit: The Boutique Handbook

The Hari hotel has 85 rooms, including 14 suites and The Penthouse. All are luxuriously furnished with velvet sofas, contemporary art on the walls and marble bathrooms.

We stayed in a Studio Suite room on the eighth floor, and it took our breath away when we first saw the view. The banquette window seat looks out onto landmarks like the London Eye, the Shard and St Paul’s.

But it’s the show-stopping bathroom, which showcases the same majestic views, which is really special.

Marble bath at The Hari hotel London
The marble bath looks out over the London skyline. Credit: The Hari

When you’ve got a bath like that, you have to have as many dips as you can, even if you’re just there for one night.

It was magical being in the tub with a glass of champagne looking out over the illuminated city. While in the morning, the sunlight pouring through the window was the perfect way to start off the day with bubbles of a different kind.

If you’re not into baths, they also have huge rainfall showers and luxury Noble Isle toiletries to help yourself to.

Other room features we loved included the comfy king bed, which paired with the remote-controlled black out blinds made for a perfect night’s sleep. There were complimentary robes and slippers, bottled water, a Nespresso machine, plus Hari truffle chocolates left out. Free daily newspapers are provided on request.

The Boutique Handbook were also among the first to sample their newly-launched The Hari Gin, as a bottle was waiting for us on arrival. A spiced aromatic take on a London Dry, it is delicious mixed with premium tonic, a slice of grapefruit and sprig of rosemary.

FOOD AND DRINK

Il Pampero restaurant The Hari hotel
Il Pampero restaurant oozes old school glamour. Credit: The Hari

After our Hari Gin aperitif, we headed down to the hotel’s all-day Italian restaurant, Il Pampero, for dinner.

This place oozes old school trattoria glamour, from the low lit lighting and 1950s-style tables, to the black and white photographs which cover the emerald green walls. If you look closely, you’ll spot most of the photos have a comical edge, like masks added to the faces or an unexpected expression.

We were seated in one of the intimate leather booths near the window, the perfect spot for a date night. As we perused the a la carte menu, we ordered one of The Hari’s signature drinks, a champagne cocktail with apple and cinnamon infused gin called a Royal Affair.

The Hari hotel restaurant
Spot the outlandish artwork on the walls. Credit: The Hari

We decided on the Burrata (£19) and Beef Fillet Tartare (£20) to start. Other first course highlights which caught our eye were the Spicy Baby Octopus with Crispy Polenta and Potato Cake with Vegan Ricotta and Almonds.

Being an Italian restaurant, we had to sample some of the homemade pasta, which went down a treat. Classic dishes include the Tagliolino Cacio e Pepe (£21), Tortello Carbonara with Crispy Pork Cheek (£24), as well as Lobster Spaghetti with Burrata (£32). Dessert was the must-order Tiramisu (£11) and Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake (£12).

Il Pampero is also where breakfast is served in the morning. We were impressed with the coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and 3 Egg Omelette (£10) with a choice of toppings; we went for cheese and spinach. Those with more of an appetite can indulge in The Full English (£20) or The Hari Breakfast (£30), which includes a breakfast of your choice, plus drinks and a basket of freshly baked pastries.

At weekends, the restaurant plays host to boozy bottomless brunches accompanied by live music. Three courses with unlimited Prosecco, Bellini or Mimosa is £60pp. There is also the glamorous Hari Bar on the first floor which serves their own twist on a Martini, called a Haritini.

EXTRAS

The Hari hotel garden terrace
Credit: The Hari

Hidden behind the Hari Bar is their secret Garden Terrace, which you would never think was there if you weren’t in the know.

This beautiful space is made for all weathers, as it has both heaters and a retractable glass roof. We sat out there in February and can confirm you won’t be cold, even in winter. When the sun is shining, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better drinking spot. While at night it glows with fairy-lights.

Guests wanting to feel pampered during their stay can get preferential ‘friends of The Hari’ rates at local salons. Just ask staff for more details. There is also a 24-hour fitness centre on site with a Peloton bike, plus personal training sessions can be arranged.

OVERALL VERDICT

With its secret garden and stylish rooms, The Hari hotel is difficult to leave. You’ll find us back there in the summer for their champagne pop up on the terrace.

Rooms start from £315 a night

Book a room at The Hari hotel here

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