It was cold and rainy and I needed chocolate!
I stopped in here initially because of the free O2 offer. As soon as we walked in we were greeted by a super smiley man who had a tray of caramel salted chocolates! I wish every shop greeted me like this.
After getting the O2 offer, we decided to stay out of the rain and get a drink. My other half had a cappuccino and upon the recommendation of the smiley server I got a caramel chilli hot chocolate. It was delicious! It wasn't the normal over sugary hot chocolate you get at coffee shops, this was a full on cocoa explosion in my mouth. The sweetness of the caramel hit the tip of my tongue and the chilli left a nice tingly feeling as it travelled down my throat.
The chocolate was delish, the venue cool, and the people lovely. I'll defo be back.
MY FAV hot chocolate in the world by far. I'm proud to say it's in par with Laudrees hot choco in Paris. I always get the liquid chocolate which is literally melted choco in a cup. Makes me feel like I'm getting a hug from inside and I esp love dark chocolate so i get the classic.
They have everything from bars to truffles, give it a go!
I hadn't heard of Hotel Chocolat until I was staying at a hotel who's mini bar was crammed with their chocolate goodies. I'd spent a fortune by the end of the stay as I just couldn't resist trying everything. If you're having a chocolate craving they have everything that you could ever want to satisfy it, from decorated slabs of pure chocolate to coated strawberry chips.
The branch on Kensington High Street has an in-store cafe too so you can have a chocolate lunch if you like, try the 'Sandwich Chocolat', a crusty baguette filled with chocolate, my kind of lunch! On a cold day if I'm out shopping I like to pop in for their 'Liquid Chocolate' drink, which is made with 72% cocoa and skimmed milk so is not your usual sugary hot choc, it's the real deal.
The shop area is as great as all the rest and every time I've been they have offered me tasters, so even if I have no intention of buying anything I'll call in on my way past for this reason only. Their range of chocolate covers pretty much everything you could imagine, with a very good selection of high percentage cocoa slabs, and even a 100% organic cocoa one. Also, because the quality of the chocolate they use is so good, they get the most simple treats just right. Their 'Kirsch Cherries' are to die for.
A slightly odd name for a shop, but then I'm also not sure what market it is aiming at: some of the gifts look quite nice, so I guess it's a good place to buy something for a difficult-to-buy-for friend that has everything, but loves chocolate.
The interior is fairly minimalist, so as not to detract from the choclate on show, but as others say, it still feels like an upmarket chain rather than one of a kind - more the result of some swish marketing thinking. (They were awarded 'Cool Brand' status by Retail Week in 2007). I'd love to do a tasting side by side with the products of the Chocolate Society shop in Belgravia.
The products themselves are certainly priced at the well heeled gift market, with bars from £6.50, boxes from around £18 and hampers - yes, that's a hamper of different chocolates - for around £50. There's a Christmas Hamper for £125 and the grand-daddy of them all is the Room Service Hamper, including wine and champagne, which comes in at an eye-watering £500.
There were some very happy looking customers there, but as a bloke I felt a little out of place - every other person in the shop was female. Maybe I just haven't got the chocolate gene? (Ironically, the founders are two men)
Still, it's a good place to bear in mind for gifts when I'm short of ideas.
This chocolate shop has a lovely cafe inside which serves the most wonderful chocolate creations.
I feel that although mass market, Hotel Chocolat is a good starting place for those who only know Cadbury chocolate. It doesn't taste too odd nor does it take a fine pallatte to appreciate it.
It doesn't snap enough for me but for others, it is close enough to wht they are comfortable with in order for them to appreciate it. It has a bit of a cardboard texture at times in certain blendings and yet I do enjoy it when I'm looking for comfort food.
I have not yet sampled their whole range and they do constsntly innovate.
If you are looking for posh chocolates to give but are unsure of the experience of the recipient, then go for this chocolate.
I am not quite sure why I am not entirely convinced by this chain of quality chocolatiers; the products look and taste good, the stores are inviting and the staff helpful.
But somehow it does not feel like the real thing - more of an upmarket Thornton's...
Still it's better chocolate than most of the stuff you can buy on the high street. But just looks like it's trying too hard for me.
Ah, Hotel Chocolat. Yes, it's a mass-market chocolate shop, and yes it's a bit more expensive than Thorntons - but it's so much nicer. The chocolate is very tasty, and they have a really fun and interesting range of truffles and pralines. But where Hotel Chocolat really shines is in its occasion ranges. Around Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Halloween...there are always fun and interesting things to try out.
It doesn't hurt that there's often a chance to taste the chocolate when you visit - which definitely helps convince you to part with your money. And this particular branch is even more attractive thanks to the cafe serving chocolate drinks and treats.
Top quality chocolate!
Quite pricey but worth every penny, especially for those who care for dark chocolate (which is absolutely amazing!)
Perfect way to get warm in the midst of the shopping. Dropped by with my Mom to warm up (fingers were going a bit numb). The menu online is slightly more extensive than the actual store, but that's okay. Got the smudge on toast and the aztec chilli. OMG So nice and warm. The store has some pretty adorable unique chocolate gifts (especially the cute little vampires). Service was fast and friendly. Would have loved to stick around and browse longer, but had to move onto the next place.
Dear Chocolate lovers, you may find yourself spending too much in here. They have gift boxes and individual chocolates, and every time I have been here I have spent at least £40, not only for myself, otherwise I would be a balloon.
They have great gifts in here, and I think they have the best chocolate at the price offered. I remember going to Belgium and I had a list of names of whom I had to buy a box of chocolates for. We spent half a day sampling chocolate in every shop, oh Belgium do great chocolate, and Beer, anyways, Hotel Chocolate is classy and not too expensive, so a great gift.
This is an upmarket version of Thornton's Chocolates nothing special, just over priced mass manufactured chocolate. You won't find chocolatiers working here or anyone with any advanced knowledge on chocolate making and processes. There are some interesting flavours, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy from this shop.
Loved the shop but not the best chocolate I have every tasted. Some great gift ideas though
A chocolate lover's paradise. From 'chocolate dipping adventure kits' to slabs of thick chocolate with sensuous names such as 'summer citrus soul food', this shop and its contents will entice you in and keep you browsing its' shelves, tongue hanging out, for hours. Literally..and it tastes as good as it sounds. To me, a more exclusive Thorntons, with a wider variety and more unusual items.
Love the cafe inside this chocolate shop that has literally thought of everything. They serve several versions of "liquid chocolate" which are rich and delicious, and even sell the shavings so you can recreate it at home. Only problem is the temptation to take home about 100 GBP worth of cute chocolate products. Great place for a hostess gift also! Coming from geneva this was the best british chocolate we found so far - too bad the price tag matches too, but well worth a splurge
Yum yum. I have never tasted any better chocolate. There is a wide range to suit anyones taste, I have to say my favourtie is the caramel buttons and the ranges of eggs that they do at easter. The chocolate is almost too good to eat. They do luxurious hot choclate drinks as well. I can't stay away. Once you've had some you will never look back...highly addictive!
I always go here when in London. An upmarket chocolate shop with friendly staff and a cafe. It sells unusual varieties like a chocolate and strawberry bar and sweet lemon chocolates. Some of it's overpriced but take advantage of their offers, if you buy a few bars/small boxes you get a discount.
This is one of their larger branches.
The chocolate at the store is not amazing, it's definitely over rated. The chocolate is overpriced for what you buy. The gift ideas here are nice and the presentation of chocolate is pretty good. But i would recommend chocolate from Thornton's or Harrods, the chocolate here is much better, with a better taste and aroma. All in all not the best chocolate for what our paying.
does chocolate get any better than hotel chocolat???? I dont think so! top quality chocolate
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