XENIA: The Hotel shaking up Chelsea


London is a mecca for luxury Hotels but the new tradition for Hotel’s in one of the world’s busiest capital cities opting for a fine dining restaurant is now almost becoming a prerequisite to building a successful Hotel business. Hotel Xenia, an Autograph Collection Hotel, located in the heart of
Kensington and Chelsea, has certainly ticked all the right boxes with a perfect balance of experience, location, cuisine and comfort all rolled into one. The origin of the hotel’s name Xenia comes from the ancient Greek concept of hospitality. It goes back to a time when people believed the gods lived among them. So an encounter with a stranger was characterised by kindness and those far from home were warmly welcomed as friends – it was an extraordinary level of courtesy we’re proud to prolong today.

One thing we found consistent with the hotel was the staff, from the front desk staff to the Concierge team who are always on hand to help, we definitely felt the hotel was worth the recommendations. The hotel comprises 99 rooms individually appointed, two contemporary bars, a private dining room, meeting rooms and Evoluzione, a fine dining Italian restaurant that is in a class of its own.

We sampled the cuisine at the hotel’s flagship restaurant headed by Head Chef, Andrea Angeletti. He’s been at the hotel for five years and held a Michelin-star for eleven years whilst in Italy. To say the food was simply amazing was an understatement.
Hotel Xenia also has a range of creative events perfect such their Cigar themed event which is the perfect

The pleasure of a good cigar, paired with a distinctive whisky is one of the finer things in life not to be missed. Hotel Xenia’s brand-new tailor-made experience is a fun, yet informative masterclass with the hotel’s expert identifying the different types of cigar and the best whisky to pair – a great gift for that special person in your life!
“You must choose between me and your cigar” once wrote Rudyard Kipling in his amusing poem – The Betrothed, a narrator musing on the difference between his fiancée Maggie and his habit of smoking cigars. And for cigar connoisseurs who would also like to introduce their respective partner to the wonderful world of cigars, the new deluxe Cigar and Whisky Masterclass is the perfect introduction – learn the art and history of the hand-rolled Cuban cigar. Guests can enjoy an interactive cigar tutorial covering the basics including the history, the cigar making process and how to smoke and enjoy a cigar! The cigars will be paired with perfectly matched whisky, ensuring guests truly appreciate the exotic aromas and amazing ingredients which both contain.

The masterclass will include a selection of delicious canapés from the hotel’s restaurant, Evoluzione.
The Deluxe Cigar and Whisky Masterclass includes:
 A Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 each
 Paired with three drams of whisky each, to complement the evening’s cigar of
 Selection of canapés
Price is £138.00 per couple. Additional guest’s cost £69.00 per person

Unlike smoking a cigarette, smoking a cigar is a totally different kind of experience and although it was once deemed a generational pastime, younger people are beginning to see smoking a cigar as an occasional indulgence. The new deluxe Cigar and Whisky masterclass is ideal for anybody, from would-be cigar smokers who would like to learn to smoke and enjoy the occasional cigar, to regular cigar smokers who would like to learn more about the wonderful, yet mystifying world of cigars!
For guests wishing to make a night or weekend of it, prices start from £169.00 per room,
including breakfast.
For information and reservations, please call 020 7442 4242, or email
reservations@hotelxenia.co.uk, or visit the official website by clicking here