Hotel review: 11 Cadogan Gardens, London

As one of London’s swankiest districts, Chelsea has a fair few high-end hotels, but 11 Cadogan Gardens is truly special. With its elegant Victorian architecture, desirable location just a stone’s throw from Sloane Square and one of the most appealing hotel bars we’ve ever seen, this is a place that combines traditional charm with modern luxury.

11 Cadogan Gardens review

Rooms and facilities

11 cadogan gardens review

There are two types of accommodation on offer from 11 Cadogan Gardens: the traditional-style hotel room or – for a more home-from-home feel – separate apartments located just around the corner from the main establishment. The beautiful Victorian architecture has been skilfully combined with contemporary comforts. For example, the apartments have wonderful high ceilings and bay windows, as well as a coffee machine, wide-screen TV and Bluetooth speakers. In the main hotel, you can choose anything from a petite double room to a large, lavish suite, depending on your budget.

11 cadogan gardens review

The hotel’s USP is its fabulous location, a mere stone’s throw from King’s Road. As a result, you don’t need a whole load of facilities to keep you occupied, although there is an ornate lounge and a small gym with a pleasing parquet floor.

Food and drink

11 cadogan gardens review

If you don’t like tiny plates and overly fancy food – aka the type of culinary experience you might expect in a five-star Chelsea hotel – then you’re in luck here. The portions at the laidback Hans Bar & Grill are big enough that you won’t be left craving a bowl of Cheerios before bed, and the atmosphere is completely unstuffy. The menu is full of crowd-pleasers, from burgers to the must-try cauliflower wings. Ask staff for their excellent wine recommendations.

If you fancy a pre-dinner drink or night cap, pop to the Chelsea Bar, and elegant, gilt-edged drinking den.

11 cadogan gardens review

Hotel highlights

The option to hire a whole apartment will surely appeal to some; these newly-renovated crashpads in the heart of Chelsea are ideal for a longer stay, or those who wish to combine hotel-level comfort with their own lounge, kitchen and front door.

Another highlight is the staff, who offer bright, enthusiastic service that’s never overbearing.

11 cadogan gardens review

What to do nearby

Well, where to start? You essentially have London on your doorstep, with the shops, restaurants and general joie de vivre of Chelsea a short stroll away. For an early morning stroll, grab a coffee and walk to Hyde Park, where you can watch the Queen’s horses take their exercises and hardy swimmers in the Serpentine. You can also jump on the tube to the West End, riverside attractions and the museums of South Kensington very easily.

11 cadogan gardens review

Best for

City breakers who want a haven in the heart of the action

From £300 a night, more information here