Overnight trips to London are often spent crashing at a friends house or in a last minute not-so-nice hotel (the kind where the carpet feels like sandpaper and the sheets no longer resemble their former bright white self) so when Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants got in touch to invite me to the launch of their first UK hotel - Kimpton Fitzroy London, you can understand why I jumped at the chance to experience a little luxury for two nights. Especially when it involves a sleepover with Liv and Carrie.
As you step on to Russell Square, this 19th century landmark can't be missed. The impressive ornate exterior, decorated in terracotta Royal Doulton tiles occupies and overlooks the east side of the square, and as expected, it is every bit as grand inside.
Built by architect Charles Fitzroy Doll in 1898, the hotel has recently undergone a lavish makeover, restoring original features whilst breathing a new lease of contemporary life into the building. The look is grand, with sky-high ceilings, dark wood, gold accents and multi-coloured marble. There's something for everyone's interior taste at Kimpton Fitzroy London. The lobbies grandeur is offset by intimate corners with chairs you can sink in and take five after a day exploring the Bloomsbury area. Lambs Conduit, a slow and sleepy street with some of my favourite shops is just around the corner and of course, The British Museum is a short walk away if you fancy a dose of history and sightseeing.
The room felt bright, spacious and high end. Think creamy fabrics, with touches of velvet and marble - understated luxury in other words.
Complimentary tuck box, umbrellas and dressing gown (with slippers!) were a few or many small but very notable touches that add to the corner suites residential feel. Oh and I must add, all rooms come with an iron and ironing board, so if you're crease-phobic like me, whose entire hotel experience hinders on ironing facilities then fear not!
Probably my favourite thing about our stay at Kimpton Fitzroy was the ability to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner without leaving the hotel, ideal for those rainier days. There are three different dining options alongside Fitz’s a Gatsby-style cocktail bar.
Wood clad Buur & Co was the perfect spot for coffee, breakfast and some urgent email admin, then you can head over to the hotel's social hub, Palm Court for afternoon tea; an indoor-outdoor space flooded with light thanks to its glass ceiling. For dinner, make your way to Neptune. With peachy Instagramable interiors to rival Sketch, this hip new fish restaurant is not to be missed. If you're lucky enough to catch the truffle pasta on the specials menu, I highly recommend ordering!
This post is sponsored by Kimpton Fitzroy London, all opinions and words are my own.