Harrods has been a London landmark for 160 years in the ritzy neighborhood of Knightsbridge, and each year thousands of tourists stay in the area to experience the finer things that the city has to offer. A handful of opulent accommodation options await travelers who want to be within a stone's throw of the vast shopping mecca.
Mandarin Oriental London
The crown jewel of Knightsbridge area hotels, the Mandarin Oriental features 173 plush guestrooms and 23 spacious suites decorated in a luxurious mix of Asian and English influences, all housed just steps away from Harrods. According to Travel + Leisure magazine, the Mandarin Oriental London is “consistently regarded as one of the world’s best hotels” and is home to London’s best state-of-the-art spa. The Bar Boulud serves up Chef Daniel Boulud’s take on traditional French cuisine, while the Mandarin Bar serves up drinks and light fare.
The rooms at the Knightsbridge Hotel are cozy and comfortable, with tasteful contemporary English décor. It is located less than one-tenth of a mile from the front doors of Harrods. The building was originally a private townhouse, but Kit and Tim Kemp purchased the property and transformed it using the magic they have imposed on their other, wildly successful boutique hotel properties. Their signature touches, such as Frette linens and granite bathrooms, appear in each room. No restaurant is on site, but guests may order room service 24 hours a day. Frommer’s England 2010 recommends rooms 311 and 312, which feature pitched ceilings and small sitting areas.
30 Pavillion Road
Once a pumping station, 30 Pavillion Road is now the home of a chic boutique hotel within a five minutes’ walk of Harrods. Guests ride a freight elevator to the third floor, and are greeted with an oasis of warmth including handsome antique furniture, crisp linens, cushy beds and book-lined walls. Some of the bedrooms have bathtubs right in the bedroom, which lends a romantic touch. The hotel also serves as a venue for weddings. The entire hotel can be rented for events. Otherwise, the ballroom and the library can be rented separately. 30 Pavillion Road was recognized as a “find” by Frommer’s England 2010.
The Levin is a boutique hotel described by Conde Nast as “a croissant’s throw away” from Harrods. With walls washed in a pale seafoam green and sleek simplicity in the lines of the furniture, the Levin is a call to contemporary luxury. The hotel has only 12 rooms, and each one comes equipped with a champagne bar so that guests can mix champagne cocktails in their own rooms. Some rooms come with cozy fireplaces and others (suites) with separate sitting areas. Guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s library, concierge service and honor bar. The hotel houses a brasserie and bistro called Le Metro. Time Out magazine says that “Le Metro’s interior is as friendly on the eye as its staff are to deal with,” and goes on to note that the menu of British comfort foods “contains much to spark interest.”