Welcome to a mesmerising hotel, where diverse patterns, textures, styles and colours combine to create a harmonious, aesthetically pleasing and luxurious place to sleep, eat and play.
London’s Haymarket Hotel needs to be at the top of your must-stay-at list. The hotel pushes the boundaries, not only with its fabulously quirky décor, but with its exceptionally friendly and down-to-earth service and health-centric approach to food and fitness.
I was so thrilled to be invited to stay at this lavish hotel to experience their wellness offering, which included a FloatFit HIIT session. Intrigued? So was I!
In the heart of London’s theatre district, a five-minute walk from Piccadilly Tube Station, and London’s hottest tourist spots, lies Firmdale Hotel’s classically modern Haymarket property. ‘Wow, wow and wow’ goes through your head as soon as you walk through the hotel’s doors. Yes, you know you are in a luxury hotel, but there is something different about it.
Something new, friendly, approachable, tranquil.
The staff greet you with a huge smile, and instantly make you feel at ease. So much so, you can have a great chat with them, and even a laugh. As you arrive, you’re taken on a tour of the hotel, if you fancy. You are generally left to your own devices once checking-in at hotels, so it was a welcomed surprise to be shown around.
Gliding from room to room, you are immersed into a stylish interior design lover’s haven. From the sky-lit green and white Conservatory, to the plush jewel-toned Library and the exquisite Shooting Gallery, to the funky pink hued pool and bar area, and the art-filled Brumus Bar & Restaurant. Every corner of the hotel is thought out with an immaculate eye. No detail has gone unmissed.
This is not surprising, as the hotel’s co-founder is the famed interior designer, Kit Kemp. We were told Kit has designed each room in the hotel, and apparently always has one room under renovation, as Kit loves to keep them as fresh and up-to-date as possible.
If you thought the rest of the hotel sounded incredible, just wait until you check-in to your room.
The Haymarket have a range of rooms including junior suites, deluxe rooms and townhouses. Yes, you heard right, townhouses. From two bedroom to five bedroom, depending what tickles your fancy, these townhouses are honestly ready for you to move right in, with a kitchen, dining area, lounge and huge bathrooms.
Speaking of the bathrooms, if you are like me and always judge a hotel by their bathrooms, Haymarket passes with flying colours. The bathrooms are #bathroomgoals, with marble splashed from floor to ceiling, huge baths with a flat screen TV to boot, amazing lighting and a perfect vanity area.
No matter what room you stay in at Haymarket, they are all different – you never know what kind of décor you’re going to get. Lucky for you, each room is decorated to pure perfection. The rooms are more like tranquil little spots to come and hide away from hectic London city.
As you enter your room, you are taken away to a charming world, where you’d never believe you are actually in one of the busiest cities in the world.
The beds are ginormous, and the bedding is luxurious, so much so, there is really no reason for you to get out of bed in the morning; the wardrobes are spacious, great for the hundreds of pieces you’ve managed to squeeze into your overnighter; the sofas are plush, and are perfect spots to chill out with a magazine and glass of wine; and hey, if you do fancy something to drink or nibble on, you’re spoilt for choice with an extensive mini bar and gourmet room service.
Haymarket Hotel isn’t just wonderful for a great night’s stay, it has fabulous facilities to help you really get into relaxation mode.
We all love food, so the Brumus Bar and Restaurant has to be the first thing I mention. It hosts breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and drinks. With a healthy and hearty menu, Brumus Bar and Restaurant is wonderful for either health conscious diners, or those who would like to treat themselves.
Step further into tranquillity and enjoy an hour or two at the Soholistic Treatment rooms, where Haymarket has collaborated with Temple Spa.
Enjoy glorious spa treatments, such as the Power Breakfast Facial (£80 for 30 minutes), which includes a power cleanse, mask and mini massage with all the ingredients you would find for a healthy breakfast, including oats, honey and fruit juices…yum, or the Champagne & Truffles Deluxe (£150 for 90 minutes) A.K.A the crème de la crème of facials, where ingredients include champagne, silk, diamonds, gold and black truffles, and works to diminish wrinkles and leaves you looking more radiant and youthful.
Fancy a work out? Haymarket has you covered with both a fully equipped gym and an indoor pool. Or, looking at planning a party or wedding? The hotel has various spots which will make for the best location for your big do… if the chandeliers in the Shooting Room don’t win you over, I don’t know what will!
Touches like the Honesty Bar, just add to Haymarket’s charm. Head to the Library where you can fetch yourself a drink, whether a red wine or G&T, add your name and room number to the note pad provided to be charged later… it’s called an Honesty Bar for a reason!
The Wellness Touch
Really craving that healthy hit? Why not try FloatFit. Haymarket has collaborated with AQUAPHYSICAL to create a challenging yet rewarding wellness experience. Enjoy a morning class of FloatFit HITT workout, which includes everything from burpees, squats, planks and yoga poses, all while trying to balance on floating boards in the Haymarket’s pool.
Then treat yourself to Recovery Brunch at Brumus Restaurant, where you can enjoy a range of delicious dishes, such as sweetcorn chilli fritters with avocado, tomato, lime salsa and poached eggs (I had this and it was amazing!), eggs benedict, granola, veggie breakfast with crispy tofu, and even freshly baked waffles.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay for a fancy night, or two, away in London, I can’t recommend Haymarket Hotel enough.
With super friendly service, healthy brunch options, a dreamy decor, float-fit fun, and lavish spa treatments, and located in a prime location for sightseeing, watching a show and first class dining and shopping, the hotel is the place to stay in London for a romantic stay, girls weekend away, touristy times, or even a wellness escape!
Haymarket Hotel is located 1 Suffolk Place, London, SWIY 4HX, United Kingdom
Rooms: Start at approximately £450 per night
FloatFit & Brunch: £35 (plus £2.75 booking fee)
Check-In: 3.00pm / Check-Out: 12.00pm
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Citizen Femme
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