Chiltern Firehouse Hotel
The name of hotelier, restauranteur and developer André Balazs carries some serious weight in the hotel world and beyond – and not just because it belongs to one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, with a reported worth of $450 million. He’s the man behind hotels like the Mercer in New York, Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont and, of course, the Chiltern Firehouse Hotel in London.
Dating back to 1889, the building housing the Chiltern Firehouse Hotel has been lovingly restored and today the style and substance of this charming 26-room Victorian fire station is consistently on point, as you might expect. Here, rooms come with gas log fires, minibars that verge on the gargantuan and handwritten notes instructing guests to ‘Dial 0 for anything’ as a finishing touch.
The décor feels more country home than city hotel, with an ambience of cosy luxury in the classic rooms and airy lofts, enhanced by high-end amenities, marble bathrooms, and 400 thread-count sheets. But if that weren’t draw enough, guests will find the hotel’s eponymous restaurant, run by Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mendes, on the ground floor.