Review: The Hari

This Belgravia bolthole is an excellent base for tourists

Location: The Hari can be found amid the quiet and leafy residential streets of Belgravia.

An excellent base for tourists, the hotel is within walking distance of the shopping districts of Knightsbridge and Sloane Square, and tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall.

First impressions: Walking into The Hari feels like walking into a very cool friend’s luxury home. Interior designers have managed to strike the perfect balance between style and comfort, with panelled walls, polished wood floors, exposed brickwork and hues of dark blue, beige and gold.

A bar is dotted with antique rugs and low-slung chairs and lined with bookshelves, while quirky art, including works by Tracey Emin, adorns the walls thanks to a partnership with A Space For Art. But The Hari’s ability to go above and beyond is where it really sets itself apart.

I entered my suite to find not only a complimentary bottle of Moët and a welcome message written in icing, but a hand-crafted biscuit in the form of my Instagram profile. Bizarre, maybe, but certainly memorable.

The facts: The Hari opened in August 2016 and was the first to launch under The Hari brand (the company has since opened a second outpost in Hong Kong).

The property is owned by Hong Kong hotelier Dr Aron Harilela, chairman and chief executive of Harilela Hotels, which owns 15 properties around the world. The Hari London features 85 rooms, including 14 suites.

I stayed in the Studio King Suite, which wows with impeccable city views and a glorious, Arabescato marble bathroom. 

The public spaces at The Hari are a reflection of Harilela’s favourite things; alongside the artwork and books, there’s Italian restaurant Il Pampero and the aforementioned The Hari Bar, where guests can find his preferred tipple – a cocktail with Jensen gin, masala chai, honey and gold.

Outside, a small but characterful garden terrace plays host to a range of creative concepts throughout the year. There’s also a small fitness area, complimentary bikes and the hotel has secured preferential rates at nearby beauty salons.

Explore: The Hari is the perfect base for clients visiting London – and even better for those who love to shop. Label-lined Sloane Street is just around the corner, while Harvey Nichols and Harrods are both under 10 minutes on foot.

Wow: Il Pampero is a destination in its own right. Interiors are wonderfully, unapologetically Italian – think bold, forest-green walls, rich velvets and soft leathers – and the food is divine.

Must tries include the cacio e pepe, generously dressed with truffle shavings at the table, and the fagottino alla carbonara, an indulgent and utterly unforgettable take on a carbonara.

Book it: Rooms start from £320 per night, plus VAT. thehari.com

Erica Bush

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