Okay, so we know Kate Middleton has got her pregnancy wardrobe sussed, not to mention her pram and Moses basket ready and waiting. But has she arranged her post-baby mini break, the essential holiday for any new parent? Thanks to the creation of a unique nursery suite at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel - complete with £26,000 worth of bespoke furniture - the answer is (practically) on her Kensington Palace doorstep.
Designed by Princess Diana’s favourite interior designers, Dragons of Walton Street, the £2,230-a-night ‘Suite Dreams’ penthouse officially opens next month. But given we’re top of every guest list (honestly!)… Grazia Daily was the first to get the Royal treatment, along with honorary Grazia Daily boy six-month-old Huxley.
And our verdict? WE WANT TO LIVE THERE. Not only is there an on-call baby concierge (yes, really) who will arrange child-minders and bring you nappies if you run out, there is an exquisite hand-crafted cot-bed that took five days to create.
It was worth it. After putting Huxley to bed, he slept for 12 hours. 12 HOURS! That’s the longest he’s ever gone, so it’s clearly ridiculously comfortable. There’s also a one-of-a-kind chaise-longue feeding chair and a £340 nappy changing unit, with hand-painted Beatrix Potter characters. (Five artists were commissioned to create the suite’s artwork.) And in another nod to K-Middy, there are gorgeous Zara Home blankets to snuggle under. Handy when you’re feeding at 3am… although this was something – for the first time in six months – I didn’t have to do. Huzzah!
As any mum knows (and Kate is soon to find out) packing light is not an option when going way with a baby - even if you are staying less than a mile from your cottage in the grounds of KP. Unless, that is, you’re in the Park Lane suite which has everything: an Avent steriliser, bottle warmer, nappies, wipes, thermometer, video baby monitor, scrummy Love Boo products and even an organic baby menu.
And if Kate fancies a wander round Hyde Park – or a trip to her favourite Kings Road - there's also a £1,450 Silver Cross Balmoral pram that comes with the suite. It’s twice the size of the blue Bugaboo Kate has just bought though, so she might struggle to get it on the tube. (If it’s good enough for Rihanna, etc etc).
We failed to get it out the door, but that’s mainly because moments after putting Huxley in it, he spotted THE TOYS. Unlike our house, there’s no brightly coloured plastic to be seen. Instead the suite, which took six weeks to renovate, has a beautiful £1,400 hand-painted toy box, a replica wooden London bus and more teddies than Hamleys. Well, nearly.
Given their heritage it’s no surprise the suite’s designers know what Royal babies like. Not only did they design William and Harry’s nurseries, they also created them for Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
For the ultimate luxury, guests can opt for the Buckingham package – a three-night stay with a personal shopping trip at Harrods and a private tour of Buckingham Palace – for £6,270. Although as Kate has the Queen on speed dial (probably), this is one extra she won’t need.
After our stay, we’ve decided the nursery suite is DEFINITELY fit for a Royal baby. Although they might have to share with Huxley, who has decided that he will only sleep in the posh cot bed. In the posh suite. With his own concierge. Hence I’m writing this at 3am…
The Suite Dreams package is available to pre-book now and will be officially open to the public from June. Visit London’s Grosvenor House website www.londongrosvenorhouse.co.uk or call 0207 4996363. www.loveboo.com; www.silvercrossbaby.com