I have a list of my favourite places to stay in London which I regularly share with friends coming to town.
And now the Kimpton Fitzroy has edged its way towards the top.
This 334-room hotel offers everything you could want; style, sophistication and great service.
Its central location is another major plus and it’s right by Russell Square tube station, with major attractions such as the British Museum and Covent Garden on the doorstep.
Even from the outside, this place impresses with an elegant 19th century facade.
The building was built in 1898 and designed by Charles Fitzroy Doll – who also designed the dining room on the RMS Titanic.
On stepping inside, the place transports you to a Great Gatsby-esque era, with triple-height ceilings, swathes of marble and warm lighting that gives everything extra charm.
I checked into the Kimpton Fitzroy on a Friday night and was directed to a junior suite overlooking Bloomsbury Square.
The suite was well-proportioned, with a couch area, large wardrobe, spacious bedroom and big bathroom.
There was no bath, but the rain shower, complete with a tiled bench to sit down on, made up for it.
I loved the attention to detail, with small touches including quirky pieces of art, books left out to read, fun scatter cushions and potted plants in the bathroom.
Other perks include USB plugs by the bed, an easy-to-use bluetooth sound system and fluffy bathrobes. If you have trouble sleeping, the fitness centre in the basement is also open 24 hours.
Tara Bernerd & Partners were behind the hotel’s revamp late last year and it her signature sexy style shines through, from the choice of art to the colour palate.
There are four spots within the Kimpton Fitzroy to wine and dine, with each place having a completely different style.
I booked dinner at Neptune and this is definitely a place I would visit again.
The 60s-styled restaurant is effortlessly cool and reminded of something from a Wes Anderson movie, with soft pinks echoing of those used in the Grand Budapest Hotel.
I took a spot in a corner booth and settled in for a good few hours.
Neptune boasts a delicious spread of delights, with seafood being its forte.
Indeed, a raw bar acts as a centrepiece to the dining room with fresh oysters, crab and lobster taking to the stage.
We ordered a mix of food and standout dishes included the creamy caviar served with hash browns, the razor clam chowder and the perfectly-cooked steak. The golden chips also prove to be devilishly moreish!
On the dessert front, you must try the blood orange and Campari baked cheesecake.
It might sound like an odd combination, but our plate was quickly wiped clean.
When it comes to drink, Neptune has a highly-knowledgable sommelier and he went about pairing our dishes with some superb tipples.
After dinner we ventured to Fitz’s bar. This place is a sultry den with a touch of eccentric and you could easily sip away here for hours.
There was a great atmosphere on a Friday night, with music playing and chatter filling the dark space.
The service, as with the hotel as a whole, was spot on and our drinks were swiftly delivered along with a little bowl of Twiglets to snack on.
The bartenders rustled up a pretty good vodka olive martini and I loved the way the olives came served chilled in a little pot of ice.
I also dipped into the signature cocktail list and tried a Word of God but the heady mix of whiskey, Cynar and salt didn’t taste too heavenly!
Speaking of heavenly, that night I slept like a dream in the soft bed back in the suite.
The blackout curtains did the job and it was the sound of someone knocking at the door which acted as my wakeup call.
I suddenly remembered I’d ordered room service for breakfast in my slightly hazy state the night before.
Room service at the Kimpton Fitzroy comes highly recommended and the trolley they use has fold-out flaps so that it turns into a table and you can wheel it to the side of the bed.
It was the first time the breakfast order came exactly as I’d requested. So often there’s double of something or they don’t have cream for coffee but this time around the room service was perfect.
The eggs royale were also the best to date, as was the fresh-squeezed orange juice.
If you don’t fancy room service, the breakfast buffet in Burr & Co. offers an impressive selection of morning treats.
We left the hotel that morning in high spirits.
From the fanciful interiors to the slick service, this place promises to woo you.
The Kimpton Fitzroy is located at 1-8 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5BE, UK
To book a stay call +44 (0)20 7520 1800 or visit www.kimptonfitzroylondon.co.uk