Q&A with The Hari Hotel in Belgravia
Tell us about your role at the hotel and how long you’ve been there
I am responsible for the planning of all events in the hotel - from the contract stage to billing and the event itself. As the main point of contact, I keep both the client and our operations team fully informed and briefed at all time to ensure the event runs seamlessly on the day and that all feedback after the event is communicated and followed-up. I also generate and receive enquiries for private events and small meetings and show prospective clients the meeting and event spaces. I have worked here since October last year.
What’s the best thing about working at The Hari?
The best thing about working at The Hari is having the ability to deliver bespoke events in beautiful surroundings, while creating memorable experiences for our guests.
How did you get into the hospitality industry?
I studied hotel business management at school with a focus on event management, so was keen to get into the industry to put into practice what I had learnt. Event planning has always been a passion of mine, I am extremely motivated by creating the perfect event for clients.
What’s the history of the hotel?
The Hari is built around a long heritage of impeccable hospitality bestowed by the Harilela family. A beacon of modern luxury and impeccable service, The Hari strives to create the best guest experience, paying meticulous attention to every detail, no matter how small, and constantly exchanging ideas to better serve our guests and improve our standards.
Tell us something we wouldn’t know about The Hari
The hotel is an ode to our CEO, Dr Aron Harilela’s late father, Hari Harilela. Alongside carrying his name, the hotel has a list of “Haritinis” in the bar, as Martini’s were his favourite cocktail.
What’s the coolest event you’ve worked on, and how did the hotel cope with it?
We recently planned a surprise birthday party for a celebrity guest. It involved a full bar hire to accommodate such a large group, which meant a lot of planning. This particular event stands out to me because all of the different departments within the hotel worked so well together and, as a result, the event was a resounding success.
What events work best at The Hari?
Intimate dinners/lunches in our private dining room The Muse with our rustic dining table and cosy fireplace. Boardroom meetings with plenty natural daylight, in built AV and comfortable seating. Lovely social events in our outdoor garden terrace. Small receptions in our semi-private space The Snug or if your party is bigger we can close exclusively our Bar or our restaurant Il Pampero.
Why do clients choose to host events at your hotel?
We are a very small team only two of us in the events team which allow us to have a personal and better understanding of the clients’ needs and events. Most of them are returning clients as we create long term relationship and become part of our Hari family.
What are your hotel top 3 USPs that separate you from other venues?
Each of our event spaces have their own personality and style. Large windows in all of our function spaces allowing natural daylight. Personalised menus and drinks tailored to the guests needs. As we are a boutique hotel the whole hotel team becomes involved in each event providing unique and personalise service.
What exciting plans are coming up in 2020 for the hotel?
This year we are launching our new Molecular Cocktail Class. With the help of our top bar manager, we will demonstrate how to make classic cocktails with an experimental molecular twist, while teaching guests the history behind each cocktail.