Mr Silver has a lot of patience really…my addiction to luxury and boutique hotels can take over our lives a bit. When we’re on holiday I’m always keen to check out all the other hotels in the surrounding area. Try a breakfast in a different one…a cocktail in the bar….I’d certainly have a nose around the rooms if could…
Mr S has had to fully immerse himself in this expensive hobby of mine and actually he’s got quite into it himself. When we were invited to stay the night at The Belgraves, a luxury hotel in Belgravia, Mr S was pretty happy to indulge my addiction!
Starting in New York, the Thompson Group now have several different stylish hotels located across the states and The Belgraves is their first in Europe.
As soon as your enter the hotel, the focus on chic and modern design is evident. The lobby was very beautifully appointed.
With sumptuous and plush blue velvet sofas…
Cool cow hide rugs, interesting artwork and exposed brickwork…
And plenty of places to sit and relax with a magazine or newspaper. The hotel interior has been beautifully created by British designer Tara Bernerd who has designed a very stylish environment whilst keeping it warm and welcoming.
Our superior King Room was on the seventh floor of the hotel…
It was very spacious and the leather seating, cow hide rug and dark walls felt quite masculine but the overall effect was softened by the red velvet sofa and cosy blanket.
I liked the interesting shape of the room with it’s little alcoves. The desk fit perfectly into the space and it would be the perfect place to blog, as it was equipped with an ergonomic chair and a lovely view of the roof tops in Belgravia.
The marble bathroom had a huge windows so that you could admire the views from the tub.
Mr S and I were certainly more than ready to sample the delicious brunch served at Pont St, the restaurant attached to the hotel.
You may recall I’ve been to Pont St before as part of the Zomato meet up.
At that fab event I’d had the chance to meet the wonderful chef, Sophie Michell, and sample the dinner menu.
This time Mr Silver and I settled into a cosy booth for two to look over the Sunday brunch options.
Mr S was good and ordered a detox juice containing pineapple, chilli, mint, lime and agave syrup.
I was naughty and ordered a champagne bellini!
While we were waiting for the food to arrive I went to check out the bar which was topped with delicious looking cakes and sweets.
When I returned, a basket of brioche bread was on the table. I already knew how good this was after tasting it at the Zomato event so I bargained with Mr S that I was allowed to have two of the them as he was planning to order a huge roast and I was only having fish.
Actually the American-inspired brunch menu contained a whole section of healthy food for those on January diets. I mean Sophie Michell has cooked for weight conscious celebrities including Claudia Schiffer and Leonardo DiCaprio so she knows how to make a calorie controlled menu.
Spying a salmon dish on the menu, I suggested to Mr S that we give that a try before our main dishes.
Potato rosti, vodka spiked sour cream and salmon keta.
After our starter, chef Sophie came over to say hi to Mr S and I. It was a lovely touch to have a personal greeting from the chef, and really lovely to see her again. She told us about the new afternoon tea that they’re developing at the hotel so watch this space to find out more!
Mr S’s roast was absolutely epic. With the choice of chicken or beef, he went for the white galloway roast beef served with Yorkshire pudding, goose fat potatoes, parsnips, carrots, cauliflower cheese and horseradish…phew!!
I had one of my favourite fish dishes; sea bass on a bed of chilli spinach. The fish was light and flaky with a lovely crisp skin.
The desserts looked amazing…I mean when faced with choices like doughnut balls, chocolate torte and a whole array of ice cream cookie sandwiches, it was hard to say no. But we were so full, that we decided to just pop up to the bar for a coffee instead.
Decorated in neutral tones with book lined shelves and Persian rugs, the lounge is super cosy and feels more like a private members club than a hotel bar.
My favourite part are these little seating nooks which would be perfect for an intimate date and a girlie cocktail night.
With the exposed brick work and pop art, you could almost be in a New York Loft.
And check out that fabulous chandelier!
At the back of the bar is a door leading to an outside terrace, which felt very romantic with it’s ‘living wall’ and hanging lanterns. I would be a great place to hire for a small summer reception.
Mr Silver and I then went back upstairs to chill in our gorgeous room. When we got back, the blinds had all been taken down and not only did we have complimentary water and chocolate, we also had these little treats:
Breakfast can be taken at the buffet or ordered a la carte and once again Sophie balances super healthy options such as egg white omelettes and quinoa porridge with indulgent treats like nutella stuffed French toast and fluffy pancakes with macadamia nut brittle.
Thank you so much to The Belgraves hotel for inviting us to stay…I think Mr S may be developing a luxury hotel addiction of his own…
The Belgraves Hotel
20 Chesham Place
020 7858 0100
Mr S and I were guests of the Belgraves and our bed, breakfast and brunch were complimentary.