Hotel Xenia opened in May this year on Cromwell Road in South Kensington, London. The restored Victorian property is away from the madness of the West End, but conveniently located for ‘museum-land’ and the upmarket shopping outlets of Kensington High Street and Knightsbridge.
In stark contrast to the sizable Marriot Kensington directly opposite, Xenia is a boutique, design-led alternative full of character and becomes a welcome addition to the hotel stock in this part of the capital, especially for smaller groups.
A member of the Great Hotels of the World collection, Xenia has achieved a contemporary interior with real personality and a noticeable lack of sterility. Even its minimalist destination restaurant – the much talked-about Evoluzione (above) – manages to use its giant windows to bring colour and vibrancy from the streets outside. Evoluzione is the first UK eaterie to offer Cucina Evolution, an Italian ‘healthy eating’ food concept which, for the record is absolutely delicious, despite claiming a guaranteed calorie count of under 800 for three courses. The adjoining, light-filled Champagne Bar and late-opening, sultry Living Wall bar complete the eating and drinking offer.
Event spaces available for private hire include Bohemia, a boardroom/dining room for 10 seated with A/V facilities; the Living Wall bar; and Pavone (above), a quirky subterranean entertainment lounge that can be used for private parties, cinema screenings, wine-tasting as well as ping pong and pool. It holds 60 theatre-style, 30 boardroom-style, 80 for a reception, or 40 for private dining. A roof terrace with views over west London is also available.
Guest rooms are tastefully decked out with modern art and fittings, including flat-screen TVs, wireless speakers, L’Occitane toiletries, Samsung tablets and complimentary wi-fi.
The hotel is a five-minute walk from Earl’s Court and Gloucester Road tube stations, and 14 miles from Heathrow Airport.
Hotel Xenia is a fun mid-range accommodation option for smaller groups wanting a west London base and the friendly staff offer a warm welcome, adding to the property’s already personal feel. And if you don’t stay there, visit the restaurant anyway – it’s unique.
C&I Traveller stayed at Hotel Xenia, London on 25 July 2013
Largest meeting room capacity: 65 (reception); 60 (seated)
Day delegate rates: From £55 per person per day (minimum 10 guests)
Tel: 020 7442 4242