Harrods shoppers, listen up – because this one’s for you. If, like us, you enjoy leisurely browsing through Shoe Heaven and coming home five pairs of Manolo Blahnik’s later then you’re sure to love The Levin Hotel. Just a designer shopping bag’s swing away from the iconic department store, The Levin is the perfect place to rest your weary head. Rooms at the boutique townhouse feature miniature champagne bars and a breakfast worth waiting for.
The lobby is a sea of pistachio-green with a distinct nod in the direction of the Thirties. A minute reception desk is placed in front of the entrance, where a smiling member of staff greets guests with a warm welcome. We are escorted up to our room just one floor up in a striking, if yet frightening old fashioned lift. We took the stairs from then on. The stairs wrap around a dramatic piece of installation art that hung from the top of the house to the bottom.
Our room is spacious and larger than expected, considering there’s only so much space in a townhouse. It’s sleek and modern with red wine embellishments and a comfortable seating area. A ginormous king size bed takes pride of place with perfectly plumped pillows and crisp white cotton sheets. The miniature champagne bar is stocked to the brim – just in case you fancy cracking open a bottle of £155 Krug Grand Cuvee. The directory is full of generic Knightsbridge gems; Zuma, Buddha Bar, Ice Bar, Harvey Nic’s and the likes. To our surprise, the hotel has a delightful offering of services such as 24-hour room service, iPad’s, laundry and babysitting. For a boutique hotel it’s certainly doing a good job.
The bathroom is paved with contemporary marble, but there’s one sticking point. Who on earth wants to climb into a bath to have a shower? Come on, this isn’t a studio apartment in Kentish Town. On the plus side, the amenities smell delicious and there are matching Levin Hotel bath robes to laze around in.
Breakfast is served downstairs in the hotel’s one and only restaurant, Le Metro. Bright and airy with plentiful space and colourful furnishings, it makes a great setting for a relaxing breakfast. The buffet is slightly on the small side, with not much but cereal and fruit. The A la carte menu is a pleasant surprise however, long and varied with a stunning selection of both vegetarian and vegan options. Opting for the vegetarian breakfast, we are pleasantly satisfied with a large plate of eggs, mushrooms, avocado, tomato and hashbrowns for a measly £11. What could be better?
For reservations, call (+44) 020 7589 6286
The Levin Hotel
28 Basil Street