It’s funny how fate can take a hand when making decisions. Having accepted the invitation to attend the P&O event in London, I dithered for some time about overnight accommodation . Should we book somewhere near Tower Hill, where we were to be picked up by bus to travel to the venue, or elsewhere in London where we could enjoy spending the rest of the day?
While mulling this over, I noticed I had been followed on Twitter by the Beaufort Hotel in Knightsbridge. That same evening, I received an email from Secret Escapes, the discount travel club. In that week’s selection was the Beaufort Hotel. A coincidence that made me smile and, of course, investigate further. Half an hour later I’d booked a deluxe room, at a decent discounted rate.
The Beaufort Hotel is a small, 29 bedroomed, boutique hotel in the true sense of the word. Situated in a pretty square, just off Brompton Road, very close to Harrods, it’s a stylish bolt-hole with oodles of charm.
When we arrived, it felt like we’d entered a very attractive B&B, the reception desk tucked away in the corner of an inviting, warm lounge. We were upgraded to a Junior Suite, which was unexpected , then shown to our room, via a tiny old-fashioned lift which was just a little too cosy: we used the stairs for the remainder of our stay.
The room was decorated in contemporary neutral tones, there was a comfortable sofa at one end of the room, the bathroom was small but attractive. It just felt right, somehow, there was a warmth to the place, an atmosphere which made you want to kick off your shoes and just relax. Plus, unlike many modern hotels, there was masses of space for clothes – wardrobes with shelves! Oh and free WiFi.
|Junior Suite – Beaufort Hotel|
|Lounge area – Junior Suite|