Classic hotel in the heart of Chelsea
Iconic Luxury Hotels runs three of our favourite spots in the Home Counties: Cliveden House in Berkshire; Chewton Glen in Hampshire; and The Lygon Arms in the Cotswolds. But sometimes you need a little country hospitality in the heart of London, and that‘s when we turn to 11 Cadogan Gardens, ILH‘s Sloane Square boutique hotel bolthole, which in 2018 underwent a comprehensive refurbishment to honour its Victorian heritage.
Built by Lord Chelsea in the 19th Century as part of the Cadogan Estate, the property has been sensitively redone by Goddard Littlefair Designers and ReardonSmith Architects to keep up with modern sensibilities and technology whilst retaining its old-school charm. In addition to the wonderful Hans‘ Bar & Grill which we‘ve reviewed separately, guests can avail themselves of the luxurious Chelsea Bar, a moody and seductive boite drenched in gold and charcoal with an extensive cocktail menu and wine list.
During our visit we were very lucky to stay in the 007 Junior Suite. There were an abundance of small, well-considered details that made our visit a cut above the rest. For instance, one of the room‘s doors opened up into a quiet alleyway, allowing you to bypass the hotel lobby. The bathroom was marble-clad and palatial, almost matching the dimensions of the room itself. And there are plenty of the amenities that you‘d expect from a hotel including a king size bed, a cot available free of charge, complimentary WiFi, a Nespresso machine and still and sparkling water.
All in, 11 Cadogan Gardens was everything you‘d expect from the group that runs Cliveden and Chewton - the perfect reprieve whilst staying in the heart of London.