This impressively-situated hotel, in the heart of Knightsbridge, opened in late 2007. Formerly L'Hotel (long in the guide), The Levin has renewed its appeal with a multi-million pound renovation.
The stylishness strikes you as you walk in – everything is 'designer' and top quality – hand-blown ice-blue crystal chandeliers by Refer and Star, George Smith chairs, and Ralph Lauren honesty bar. Whether or not the names matter to you, the effect is impressive and everything is immaculate. Bedrooms are beautifully designed, with contrasting colours and textures. Fabric-covered back-lit headboards give the rooms a cosy feel. The non-uniform room shapes of this old building have been imaginatively put to use, with sofas built into large bay windows. Original fireplaces add further character. Bathrooms are a fair size, with Italian marble and under-floor heating: stylish and spotlessly clean.
Attention to detail is superb, with all the technical wizardry you could want and also – uniquely, we believe – a mini-champagne- cocktail-bar in each room, with champagnes, mixers and a book of cocktail recipes.
Despite its design credentials,The Levin has a friendly atmosphere and manages to avoid pretentiousness. It is hard to find fault with the place – though equestrians may bridle at the pony skin love seat.