We sent Penelope Alice in search of adventure in the heart of Knightsbridge to an event held by The Hari Hotel and Travel Leaders.
On arrival at the venue, I was greeted by a glass of prosecco by the doorman as I entered the main reception area. The room was light and airy with a distinctly modern feel that captured the simple elegance of modern British design. The chandelier hanging from the centre of the room was a feature that took my eye all night long. For those who were ready to brave the cold night, a heated outdoor seating area with fluffy white sofas were the reward.
After a social catch up with the other PAs from the PA Life Club – we were treated to a tour of what already looked like an impressive London venue.
First on the agenda was the hotel gym, a spacious facility with all modern and clean equipment, ideal for any type of fitness fan from amateur to the highly experienced. The hotel also provided interesting jogging routes around the Knightsbridge and Hyde Park area and personal training sessions for any requiring them (when asked for in advance).
From the gym, we were given a quick talk about the business and secretarial services that The Hari offers its guests. The package includes: high-speed Wi-Fi internet, printing, private meeting space at the Muse, a boardroom with a capacity of up to 24 guests with phone conferencing equipment, natural daylight and presentation facilities.
Now that the work side of the hotel had been covered, we were shown the pièce de résistance, the rooms. Boasting a range of beautifully designed rooms that encompass space, classic comfort and modern design, it really doesn’t matter if you are staying in a smaller room or the penthouse suite, you will experience spacious rooms that have a premium feel. My personal favourites were The Hari Suite with its marble cased fire and large living room sofas and the King Suite, which offered luxurious furnishings and a contemporary bathroom, perfect for relaxing.
We were then lead up to the garden terrace; an idyllic Eden above the London streets wrapped by bushes with an open but secretive feel to it. I imagine spending the long summer evenings on the terrace nursing a cocktail with friends would be a dream.
We ended the evening between the Il Pampero (The Hari’s own Italian restaurant) and the reception hall, eating delicate bowl foods and a mixture of canapés. We spoke to the team from Travel Leaders who were offering some fantastic deals for their PA audience and enjoyed a laugh and a joke over one final drink, before departing on my way home.