Founded in 1981 by Bill Kimpton in San Francisco, Kimpton currently operates 68 hotels with a total of 13,357 bedrooms. In 2020, Fortune magazine ranked Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants at number 10 on their Fortune List of the Top 100 Companies to Work For in 2020 based on an employee survey of satisfaction.
Opened in 1900, Hotel Russell, is today the Kimpton Fitzroy London. The palatial listed heritage building impresses not only with its majestic facade made of a distinctive terracotta clad, but also with its aristocratic interiors. As a purpose built hotel, the property has remained very much functional, boasting nowadays ultimate comfort. Many of the rooms and suites face the Russell Park.
Rooms and suites feature generous marble bathrooms and boast heavenly comfortable bedding. Rooms are not among the largest and the selection of suites is quite limited. However, mention must be made that comfort has not been compromised in any way, with quality materials and furnishings – well maintained for wear & tear.
I was privileged to experience the stunning Corner Suite – utterly unique in London ! Lavishly styled with subtle nods to the hotel’s past, there is a four-poster bed, and a free-standing bathtub in the alcove of the bedroom. You will be impressed by the all-marble bathroom (under-floor heating), walk-in waterfall shower. Complimentary extras include Apple TV, high speed wi-fi internet and silent individually controlled AC which adjusts to the desired temperature in minute.
In the case of Kimpton Fitzroy London, Making an entrance is not an over-statement ! There is a WOW factor carefully conceived in every corner, with exquisite marbles and superb lighting. The ornate Pyrenean marble staircase makes one feel like in a Palace and the glass enclosed interior garden are among the major highlights of the hotel. The intricately designed Ballroom is not only one of the largest at any luxury hotel in London but also one of the most elegant, abundant in natural lighting too. No wonder, it hosts some of the most spectacular wedding.
The hotel’s main restaurant Galvin Bar & Grill which was originally named after the architect but also ”Neptune” is said to be almost identical to the RMS Titanic‘s dining room, which he designed. Also in the hotel is “Lucky George”, a bronze dragon on the second floor stairs. An identical copy was on the Titanic.
The current restaurant concept was opened last month as a venture between Chris & Jeff Galvin and Head Chef Adam Gray. They are taking a modern-day approach to the British bar and grill with a menu that focuses on ethically sourced produce. While rooted in British cooking, the menu is not necessarily reflecting traditional dishes, instead, drawing on other cultures to reflect the diversity of modern Britain. The menu represents how the Galvins would like to see Britain today: ethical, generous and open.
Less than two months from opening, the new Galvin Bar & Grill Restaurant has been receiving high praises, not only by hotel guests but also by locals (non-hotel guests). With the new concept, the restaurant is an ideal venue reflecting the DNA of Kimpton – which is an effortless desirability, at the same time laid back and friendly. Breakfast at the newly opened venue is truly exceptional!
Kimpton Fitzroy London is also home to a unique cocktail bar, Fitz’s named after Charles Fitzroy Doll, the original architect of the hotel. The venue not only looks but it also feels plush and glamorous, with an almost burlesque feel which is heightened by the deep red velour sofa below the oversize disco ball which ‘dominates’ the entire space. In the evenings, the venue is mostly welcoming non-hotel guests. At any of the hotel’s dining venues but also at guest relations, you will feel how much the hotel is loved !
For those seeking a more casual environment where they can sip on a coffee and catch up on work, the hotel also proposes Burr & Co which is a coffeehouse by day and wine bar by night. At night, there is a selection of small plates (sharing-style), along with a selection of 16 wines and beers on tap. Similarly to all other dining venues, service is warm, friendly and most importantly, genuine and consistent.
Oliver Petcu in London
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