When I travel, I love to find a place to stay that feels a little bit like home. After a day of exploring, I want to feel relaxed and comfortable when I retire to my hotel room in a space that will allow me to prepare for the next day’s adventures. The Beaufort Hotel is a place that does just that.
Located on a tree-lined street in the Knightsbridge section of London, the hotel feels far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Just a few blocks away you will find Harrods and Harvey Nichols, but where the hotel is located, you feel miles away. Instead of feeling like a tourist, the area allows you to feel as though you are a resident of London.
After a stroll down the block, you arrive at The Beaufort. Marked only by two trees and a small sign with the hotel’s name, the entrance is understated, yet elegant. Rather than arriving at a hotel, you feel as though you arriving at home.
Upon entering the lobby, the feeling of arriving home continues with an inviting staff and warm atmosphere. The overall environment says comfort and style, a far cry from the commercial feel many hotels give off.
That feeling continues throughout the building, starting with the rooms. Each has a unique layout and style, with decor that was simple, yet tasteful.
Sticking with a basic and simple color scheme of black, grey, and white, The Beaufort adds pops of color, specifically yellows and pinks, into their rooms, and several use wallpaper to decorate a wall or the entire room.
The business center, located downstairs, is comfortable and a welcome change from the norm. It’s space that allows for meetings without feeling stiff and overly professional. In this space, a computer is available to guests, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, complimentary of course.
Along with free Wi-Fi, the hotel also offers a complimentary drink service, with a bar in the lobby available to guests during mid-afternoon and evening hours. As well as tea with homemade scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream between three and five each afternoon.
In the lobby, as the rain lashed down outside, I enjoyed the hotel’s cream tea with my best friend, Lara. It was delicious and the perfect afternoon snack, especially considering the weather.
In a time when many companies, from hotels to airlines, seem to be taking away from the customer, The Beaufort appears to be treating its guests as if they were friends or relatives. With its charm and comfort, The Beaufort Hotel is a home away from home, which is a welcome feeling for anyone who spends much of their time on the road.
I was a guest of The Beaufort Hotel for a tour and tea, but that in no way affects my opinion of the hotel.