THE BERKELEY HOTEL, Knightsbridge, London: The most posh hotel I ever stayed at!
I think that The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge in London is possibly the most posh, smartest hotel that I have ever stayed in.
Admittedly, my perspective is somewhat clouded b the fact that on checking in we were upgraded to one of their suites (the Chelsea) as we had just come from our Civil Partnership ceremony, and they wanted to make the stay more special. And they certainly did.
The whole hotel exudes class, style and money from the moment you see it. The decor is modern and traditional all at the same time. The furnishing and fixtures look expensive, and it is all very British (although most of the staff are not!).
The suite had a real “wow” factor. It is over 600 square feet big with a hallway, stunning lounge with bar and long desk. Then through mirrored doors into the large bedroom with massive bed, cupboards, mirrored chest of drawers and then through into the glitzy bathroom with large shower, bath with TV, 2 basins and separate toilet. The room has lots of gadgets like fax, free wireless, Nespresso machine, 3 flat screen TVs and a Bose system that you can play your iPod through.
We were having our celebration lunch in the Marcus Wareing 2 Michelin star restaurant downstairs and had a champagne cocktail in the bar before. The women staff had beautiful 1940s inspired dresses on and service was impeccable. The restaurant was amazing, and horribly expensive.
There is, strangely, no really good bar in the hotel and we actually went to the Oriental mandarin hotel nearby for cocktails in the evening as the bar there is much more trendy and impressive.
On the 7th floor is a pool and small but well equipped fitness room. The pool is a good size, 4 foot deep with a room that can retract in good weather.
The Berkeley is amazing. Very expensive. Very posh and just a wonderful experience.