Kensington Mums had the pleasure to host some wonderful events at the Baglioni Hotel but never had the occasion to stay there. We couldn’t have been more excited about our weekend away. My sister and I checked in at the Baglioni Hotel in Kensington on a Saturday afternoon just in time for my birthday celebration. The location of the Hotel was just perfect for a weekend on the south west tip of Hyde Park. Make sure you watch our YouTube video at the bottom of this post.
We were greeted by friendly porters who assisted us with our luggage for check in. Upon arrival to the front desk, a stunning flower arrangement and beautifully set crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling caught my eye as well as the fresh smell in the reception. The receptionist welcomed us to the Hotel and was very helpful. Within minutes of checking, Leandro took us to our deluxe suite overlooking London’s most beautiful royal park.
‘Set in an original Victorian building, the hotel features 67 elegant rooms and suites, where baroque style perfectly blends with contemporary touches. Some of the apartments have fireplaces and private terraces with a park view. Guests staying in Junior Suites and Suites will benefit from butler service. With its warm Italian welcome, highly personalized service and excellent location, the Baglioni Hotel London provides the ultimate Italian experience in the heart of Kensington’.
THE ROOM – DELUXE SUITE
The room was warm in colours with purple and grey curtains and wall papers. The area was very spacious and comfortable. The deluxe suite is 50 meters squared and has an elegant, welcoming and intimate design. Our deluxe suite had two separate areas; a living room with a fireplace and the bedroom. As you enter, it feels like you are escaping the hustle and bustle of the city to a blissful luxurious Italian retreat. There is a study table with my all time favourite Illy coffee machine next to it. On the study table you can find the room service menu, Baglioni Spa brochure as well as a book featuring all Baglioni Hotels of the world. The furniture has a distinguished Italian touch which I love. The living room is furnished with flat screen TV, a coffee table made with Italian leather and purple coloured sofa and chairs. To add a cosy touch was an elegant small fire place in the living room here I enjoyed sitting in front of while catching up with my sister. As if all this beauty wasn’t enough, we were also spoilt by room service with a complimentary bottle of Villa Sandi Millesimato chilled bottle of Prosecco along with delicious chocolate treats. These were accompanied by a hand written note welcoming us and wishing us a good stay. We both thought it was vert thoughtful and kind.
Even the bedroom showcased classical Italian touches, with the same tones of purple as the rest of the suite. The room had a king size bed which was very comfortable with big fluffy pillows. The two married perfectly making it a ‘heavenly sleep’. The windows were fitted with black out, just the way I like it so I was sure to have a good night sleep and lie in (something I have been lacking since becoming a mother!). On the side table, we had complimentary bottle of water. The bathrooms had a shower and a huge bath tub so I was looking forwards to have a soak in later. I really liked the black marble floors, mirrored walls and two handmade brass sinks which I was told were imported from Morocco. We also had in the bathroom Italian Ortigia products that smelled divine, including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion. We even had lovely Edna came in to do our turn down service. We were looking forwards for our stay. As Mothers, I feel it is important for us to sometimes switch off our “mum duties” for a bit of “me-time” to reconnect, re-energise without having that guilty feeling. I must confess I did miss my kids, but felt that I needed this for me more than anything else. After all, we need to take care of ourselves to be able to take care of others, it all starts from within. The view from the glamorous deluxe suite was just breath taking, overlooking enchanting view of London’s Hyde Park.
On Sunday morning, we had newspapers delivered to our room, so I enjoyed a lie-in (for once!) with my coffee and breathtaking views of Kensington.
BAR & RESTAURANT
At night we were invited to have dinner at Osteria 60 restaurant. Head Chef Ivan Simeoli has this touch of bringing together the best of British ingredients with Italian staples, we couldn’t wait to try out the menu. The restaurant and bar boasts contemporary décor with textured gold walls and elegant furniture. We were excited to try out Italian dishes made with only the finest of ingredients, in a truly luxurious setting overlooking the buzzing streets of High Street Kensington. The restaurant has a striking fireplace and a sophisticated bar with a relaxing atmosphere to it. I had to pleasure to be accompanied by my sister. For starters we went for a warm spring minestrone soup, which came beautifully presented and was filled with fresh vegetables and ingredients. My sister opted for a light fennel and orange salad. For main course, we had the spaghetti 36 hour slow cooked Neapolitan Ragu and linguini vongoli with zucchini bisque.
By the time dessert came along, we were full but couldn’t help but try out the candy ball which included flavours of tiramisu, white and dark chocolate. I have a sweet tooth and sometimes find it difficult to resist.
We had a great relaxing time at the Baglioni Hotel London, a great escape and a staycation away from home in the heart of Kensington. From the time we arrived, the service and attention to detail met all of my expectation of this luxurious hotel.
Thank you to the Balgioni Hotel London in Kensington for a memorable experience. I would highly recommend this luxury boutique hotel for a weekend gate away with your husband or partner or even for a Mums day off indulgence. After all, Mother’s Day should be celebrated everyday.