The Draycott

In three red brick Edwardian town houses on a quiet street, this luxury hotel has 'lots of character'. It is part of the Mantis Collection owned by Adrian Gardiner. 'It is expensive, but a good base for anyone who can afford it: the impeccable service lives up to the cost,' said Guide inspectors. Each of the original houses has 'a fine wooden staircase, a warren of corridors, small lifts'; the high-ceilinged public rooms have antiques and paintings. Bedrooms are named after theatrical personalities (Coward, Shaw, Grenfell, etc); each has a print, photograph or short biography of its namesake. Guests' names are written on a card and placed outside room doors 'like at an Edwardian house party'. 'Our large room, Kean, had a beautiful moulded ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows with heavy curtains, a sofa facing a gas fire, a table and chairs for meals.' Children are welcomed: adjoining rooms and toy boxes are available for families. Afternoon tea, champagne and hot chocolate (served in the drawing room) are included in the room rates; there is no restaurant, but a room-service menu has light meals and hot dishes.

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Contact Details

The Draycott

26 Cadogan Gardens CHELSEA England SW3 2RP

Telephone

020 7730 6466

Further Information

Bedrooms

35.

Open

all year.

Facilities

drawing room, library, breakfast room, free Wi-Fi, 1-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

classical in breakfast room.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed in breakfast room.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[to April 2015] per room B&B £260-£398. Set menus £40-£65.