If you’re looking for a hotel that’s polished from top to toe, in a way that it speaks for itself and no boasting’s needed, then head to The Hari.
This tucked-away spot, consisting of 85 rooms including 14 suites and a penthouse, is well-worth checking out, not only as a place to stay but also for its classic Italian restaurant, cosy terrace and lively mezzanine bar.
The ten-storey tower oozes luxury with a sexy edge, courtesy of interior designer Tara Bernerd (also behind celebrity-favoured Blakes Hotel).
Think low lighting, warm colours, eclectic modern art, brushed brass and slabs of marble.
As soon as you enter The Hari you feel like you’re entering a swanky liar, with tall electric doors slowly saluting you in.
The check-in desk is small and efficient and the staff are friendly and, like the interiors, perfectly polished.
I checked in on a Thursday just after Christmas Day and the place had a buzz with guests swaggering in with shopping bags.
The Hari is on the doorstep of one of London’s top shopping districts, with Sloane Street and Harrods a stone’s throw away.
I was directed to a suite on the 10th floor.
The lift ride was quick and after a short walk down the seductively-lit corridor, I found number 1005.
This probably has to be one of my favourite London hotel rooms to date, with jewel box-like interiors and a fair amount of space.
The kitchen bar included velvet covered high chairs and there was a slick fireplace in the living room.
The suites also have two micro balconies – one in the living room and one in the bedroom – with stunning views over Knightsbridge to the London Eye and beyond.
It kind of felt like being in a chic log cabin with beautifully wood-clad walls and warm downlighters adding to the tucked-away coziness.
Another highlight was the marbled bathroom with a deep tub visible from the bedroom through a large window.
For a bit of privacy, there was a sexy beaded curtain adding a bit of shimmer.
Other perks included a separate toilet and bedet and an illuminated magnifying mirror. There was also a single toilet off the living room area.
The simply-designed Noble Isle bath products fit the bill with a fresh summery scent.
At 7pm I hopped downstairs with my boyfriend for dinner at Il Pampero.
This is a great spot to hit for its classic and intimate atmosphere – the homely Neapolitan food is another reason to check it out.
The restaurant is under the direction of executive chef Claudio Covino, formerly of Novikov and Locanda Locatelli and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I first visited the basement joint last summer but it was a joy to return in the winter, with the warm ambiance adding to its charm.
I took a spot in one of the leather booths which sat snug in an alcove.
Everything was just as good as I remembered, from the delicious fresh bread and buttery olive oil to flawless service and convivial surroundings.
We tucked into fritto di mare to start, which featured a meaty mix of calamari, white bait and prawns and a moreish sauce.
I went for a lighter porcini mushroom salad for main, while my boyfriend went for one of Il Pampero’s classics, the veal Milanese. Needless to say, both our plates were wiped clean.
To finish we shared a pear and chocolate Charlotte. This turned out to be fruitier and less chocolaty than we’d imagined, but probably better for our waistlines!
For cocktail aficionados, the negroni menu at Il Pampero is one to work through. The martini variations are also guaranteed to keep you entertained.
For those looking for a liquid lunch / dinner, there is an upstairs bar at the Hari. After our Italian feast we were informed the drinking spot was open until 1am, but we were feeling a little sleepy and the lure of our suite was too much!
With the lights out, I went on to sleep like a dream. The bed was extremely conformable, with the right amount of firmness and it was lovely with a breeze from the balcony door wafting through.
If you have time in the morning, I encourage you to indulge in breakfast in bed.
The creamy and deliciously fluffy eggs Royale come highly recommended, as does the punchy filter coffee!
I eventually managed to prize myself out of the place and to make my way to work.
One last lookout from the balcony was definitely required and I could see the London Eye twinkling in the dark morning light.
The Hari is contemporary gem with a soft swagger and all the sparkle.
One to definitely note down…
The Hari is located at 20 Chesham Pl, Belgravia, London SW1X 8HQ
To book a stay or meal at the restaurant visit www.thehari.com