BAGLIONI LONDON HOTEL REVIEW
THE ULTIMATE ITALIAN EXPERIENCE WITH ENCHANTING VIEWS OF KENSINGTON GARDENS
The Baglioni Hotel is situated in the heart of London opposite Hyde Park with an enchanting view of Kensington Gardens and Palace. It prides itself in giving the ultimate Italian experience in the heart of London. It is proudly a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and location wise, it couldn’t be more perfect sitting directly opposite Hyde Park and with The Royal Albert Hall, Harrods and Knightsbridge conveniently on its doorstep.
'Perfect to take in all London has to offer within shopping and culture'
Inside this chic hotel you'll instantly admire the quintessentially Italian design. Its décor is warm and inviting, there is no place for cold minimalism here. The water feature in the entrance pays homage to the fountains found in Italy’s “piazze” and photographs of La Dolce Vita honour the Italian art, cinema and fashion.
Set in an original Victorian building, the hotel features 67 rooms and suites, some of which have fireplaces and private terraces with park view. The décor of their rooms really wraps itself around you, giving you an instant feeling of "home", but the room offers so much more than what you’ll find in your average one bed flat.
We kept finding new things to discover like the almost hidden walk-in wardrobe, and barista style coffee machine. You might be lucky enough to book the most prestigious room of them all, the “Royal Suite”, with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms and a large terrace overlooking Hyde Park. Guests staying here even get their own personal butler.
Facing Kensington Gardens, on the ground floor of the hotel, Brunello Lounge & Restaurant is a vibrant restaurant and bar with luxurious décor and furnishings such as comfortable grey and gold velvet armchairs. It’s as opulent as you’d expect from the country that gave the world designers such as Dolce & Gabbana.
The service is genuinely Italian too with waiters from all areas of Italy offering superb service whilst being their happy, cheeky selves. The dinner menu is just as we like it – not too long or complex, and full of delicious fresh meats and fish, all with an Italian flavour. The chef prides himself on creating simple Italian home cooking, with a "chef-y" twist. The portions aren’t disappointing either - the starter alone would have been described as a sharing platter anywhere else!
Next us is our favourite... breakfast. However, unusually there was no breakfast buffet to peruse, so we chose from the a la carte menu and used it as an excuse to let the waiters do all the leg work - and the 'Full (not so Italian) English' was spot on!