Good Hotel Guide Review
Through the conventional entrance – with its Union Jack proudly flying – of this smart Victorian town house in the heart of Chelsea lies a luxurious hotel brimming with character. A warren of corridors and staircases – plus tiny lift – leads to a sprawl of bedrooms and suites, sitting rooms and private retreats. ‘A hidden gem,’ says a Guide insider, that makes guests feel ‘they’re staying in a home away from home’, albeit a classy one. There are gilt-framed portraits around the black-painted staircase, a clubby bar, more art in the drawing room with its coffee walls and purple sofas, leather armchairs in the library, and a plant-filled conservatory. Bedrooms are elegant, with splashes of colour in button-back armchairs and bed throws. Top-end suites are dramatic with sumptuous fabrics and marble bathrooms. All have coffee machines, and views over Cadogan Gardens or rooftops. The buzzy Hans’ Bar and Grill has dishes such as pan-fried hake with chorizo and samphire, and herb-marinated grilled chicken plus brunch and vegetarian choices. Staff are ‘super-friendly’ and ‘can’t do enough’. The hotel is a member of Relais & Châteaux.
11 Cadogan Gardens
020 7730 7000
56 (incl. 25 suites). Plus 6 apartments.
small lift, drawing room, library, cocktail bar, Hans’ Bar and Grill (wine room, conservatory), private dining/meetings/events rooms, in-room TV (Sky), gym, decked terrace, 24-hr secure parking (£70), grill and public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet by grill.
everywhere except the library.
all ages welcomed, cots free, extra bed in suites £72.
only assistance dogs.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £339. À la carte £40.