Baglioni Hotel London
What We Love
- Suites include free WiFi and one garment pressing
- Incredibly helpful concierge
- Italian aperitivo-style happy hour is offered daily from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- 24-hour butler service
- The huge tubs in the suites don’t have taps at either end — perfect for sharing
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The gym is petite
- The hotel can provide a chauffer-driven car
- The nearest tube station is High Street Kensington, on the Circle and District lines
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In well-heeled Kensington, overlooking the leafy fringes of Hyde Park, the Baglioni Hotel is a master class in grown-up luxury. Swaths of gray silk, flickering candles, vases stuffed full of freshly cut white roses, and friendly faces fill the reception area — making for a warm Italian welcome. Bronze sculptures dot the public areas, and a screen adorned with black-and-white Italian photography in the lobby harks back to La Dolce Vita. Plush red carpets line the corridors leading to the guestrooms, and artwork is kept simple with plain white canvases etched with calla lily–shaped black lamps.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are dark, brooding and seriously sultry; floors are clad in dark wood, and gold leaf adds the Midas touch. Suites offer huge four-poster beds with Frette linens, working fireplaces and butter-soft leather chairs, and many come with views of Hyde Park. Rooms are slightly smaller but no less luxe — all have the hotel’s signature striped fabric walls in rich golds and reds or warm cappuccino colors. Movie star–style lightbulbs surround the dressing table mirrors, and heavy leather doors keep the sound out. Bathrooms have black marble floors, handmade copper basins from Morocco and wonderfully soft his-and-hers bathrobes; most come with the Baglioni’s own toiletries, but the top suites come with Ortigia products.
On the ground floor the Brunello restaurant is pretty special; think gold velvet armchairs, Murano glass candelabras, crisp white linen tablecloths, an enormous fireplace and a wine list of more than 500 bins. Head chef Claudio Milani knows how to whip up a top-class menu of Italian classics. Come summer, an ice cream cart dishes out gelato in the hotel’s front garden, or ask the butler to prepare a picnic to eat in Hyde Park. Appetite sated, head for the spa, steam bath or sauna. Or work up a sweat in the petite but well-equipped gym.
In the Area
Park life is right on your doorstep. In the leafy Hyde Park you can take a pedal boat out on the Serpentine, get on your soapbox at Speaker’s Corner or go for an invigorating swim in the Lido. Culture vultures can potter around the newly refurbished Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, or book tickets for the proms at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s a 15-minute walk across the park to Portobello Market to rummage for vintage threads.
How to Get There
Well situated, across from the park and just steps away from Kensington High Street, this hotel is a magnificent place to stay at when visiting London. The front desk staff are very elegant and helpful, and the breakfast is certainly a big plus.
The only remark I can make is the lack of electrical plugs in the bed area to charge the phones. Only that.
I spent yearly more than 3 months in Hotels. It was an wonderful experience . The staff is so kind , helpful and always here to pamper you. The concierges and reception desk make you feel at home . It is a boutique hotel ambiance with an great location in South Ken. Definitively the London’s Baglioni is in my top 3 favorite hotels in the world .
Can’t wait to my next stay
This is a true gem. Staff was responsive, extremely helpful and they create an informal atmosphere where you sense the place is yours. The knowledgeable Concierge desk is as good as any with thought and creative suggestions. The complimentary car service for nearby trips is a valuable convenience.
2 room suite was spacious with first rate appointments. Beautiful bathrooms and decor.
Outstanding option to the usual Mayfair suspects.