One of the most enjoyable moments in my life was the period when I lived in London. While there (from 1996 to 2003), I often visited many hotels, as they have some of the smartest bars and the best restaurants. It was a lot of fun, and now when I return to visit, I know exactly where to stay – Chelsea Hotel London!
One of my favorite phrases in London is “Smart Casual”. Nothing could be more understated. London hotels have always enjoyed the status of chic and sophisticated, and this is no less true today. But with more than 70,000 three-five-star hotel rooms, where can I find a place to stay? There are many travel magazines that will tell you about different areas of London and where to stay based on the location of the tourist destinations – according to your budget at a local hotel. This is not what I am going to tell you about in this article. Instead. In this review of London hotels, I am going to tell you about Smart Casual hotels where you will find great food – fantastic cocktails – great rooms and service – and maybe even some kind of star that looks good! If you plan your stay correctly and use our recommended services, you will also receive an excellent rate.
Almost everyone in the Smart Casual set lives in Chelsea or South Kensington. There are a few exceptions. For example, you will find a niche in the Knightsbridge or Notting Hill area. Belgravia preserves the treasures of some expensive houses, and Pimlico is a pleasant pastime. There are also several Americans in the Holland Park area. However, in most cases, everything revolves around Chelsea. You can stay outside these areas, but if you want to mix, there is nothing better than being there! With that in mind, here is the first of my Chelsea Hotels London series!
Draycott Hotel 26 Cadogan Gardens London SW3 2RP
Draycott is truly a gem. If you like traditional 19th-century British charm, this is for you. The rooms and décor are in colonial Victorian England. Authentic antiques blend perfectly with modern amenities. The hotel is very close to Sloane Square and Kings Road. The districts of London are blessed with their squares, and Cadogan Gardens is no exception. The rooms are cute and comfortable, and the suites even have their own full kitchens. If you get a room at the back of the house, you will have a beautiful view of the gardens. For us Americans, you will be glad to know that it is fully air-conditioned (and many old hotels in London do not!). In winter, fireplaces are equipped with gas and are fully operational. Talk about the atmosphere! The 5-star Draycott Hotel received a score of 5.0. A standard double room will cost approximately $ 353.00 / night for two.
Wyndham London Chelsea Harbor London SW10 0XG
Wyndham Grand is a great Chelsea hotel, and if you want to visit the river (Thames) and still be at the Chelsea Hotel London , then this is for you. But be absolutely sure that this is where you want to be because Chelsea Harbor is some distance from the beaten track. There is no metro stop nearby. You will have to rely on a taxi or a public bus (C3 bus runs between the Earls Court and Clapham Junction subways through the harbor every 10 minutes. Buses 11 and 22 run along the Royal Road to Sloane and West End Squares every 7 minutes. You can get this bus by bus Lots Road stop). The hotel will also provide transport and even organize river taxis.
On the other hand, Chelsea Harbor itself is a great place. You can sit and sip a cocktail and watch incoming and outgoing yachts (when the tide is the Thames is a tidal river) or just take a walk along the riverbank. Chelsea Harbor also houses a Design Center, which is a combination of offices and showrooms for goods and services for interior decorators. There are also cafes, restaurants and a health club on site. The Wyndham Grand is a 5-star hotel with all suites. Service and accommodation is a first-class and excellent choice for those who are in the city on business (although not in the City) or hold conferences. They have first-class conference centers on two levels with an audiovisual conference. They are close to major exhibition centers in Earls Court and Olympia.
Blakes London 33 Roland Gardens London SW7 3PF
Blakes is one of my favorites. It is located in the heart of Chelsea between the Fulham and Old Brompton Roads. In fact, it is surrounded by beautiful Victorian houses – now mostly remodeled apartments. This is a fantastic place for those who want to be in the center. South Kensington and Gloucester Road Underground Stations (pronounced Gloss-ter) are within walking distance, and taxis are plentiful. There are fantastic restaurants and shops everywhere.