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It is hard to believe that a hotel as quiet and restful as The Draycott Hotel can exist so close to London's busy Chelsea and Knightsbridge. Thanks to thoughtful design and a passionate eye for detail, an overall ambience has been created to provide guests with a refuge from the hectic pace of the city.
From the Victorian antiques that casually adorn the comfortable bedrooms to the beautifully upholstered furniture in the drawing room and the library, everything about The Draycott Hotel has been diligently well-conceived and executed. Occupying three neighboring, late-nineteenth century houses in Cadogan Gardens just off Sloane Street, the rear of the house looks out over a leafy square, which adds to the tranquility of the place, and the front gives onto a quiet street.
Each of the 35 bedrooms has been decorated with individual and personal touches - an Indian ivory-and-ebony mirror here, a Georgian-style canopy bed there - and each bears the name of a theatrical personality; J M Barrie, David Garrick, Laurence Olivier. This motif is carried through in more detail with perhaps a tasteful print of the namesake or a faded photograph in a silver frame in every room.
Such is the intimate atmosphere that you could be forgiven for thinking you may have wandered into someone's private home. Indeed, The Draycott Hotel eschews the usual hotel lobby in favor of an informal reception hall where guests are welcomed. Banquettes and cozy armchairs provide the perfect environment for a pre-dinner drink, or perhaps an afternoon snooze for weary shoppers. Members of staff take a great deal of pride in anticipating and attending to each guests particular needs, and you get a sense that nothing is ever too much trouble in the delightful world of The Draycott Hotel.
"Free afternoon tea and evening champagne in the drawing room"
You can have the option of dining with The Draycott's private dining service, which offers an exclusive private room and a menu tailored to your requirements; however, the hotel does not otherwise cater for evening meals. This doesn't mean that you will be going hungry though, as you will be surrounded by some of London's best restaurants, whether you want to splash out on the best steak you'll find in the city at Gaucho Grill, try some traditional British gastropub fare at The Admiral Codrington Pub or munch on some tasty Italian food at Pellicano.
The Draycott may be a haven of charm and tranquility, but this shouldn't stop you from exploring the surrounding area. Minutes away from Sloane Square, you are in one of London's most affluent districts and a world-famous shopping thoroughfare, with the King's Road just a few minutes away. Once the home of counterculture in London, with shops such as Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm Mclaren's SEX and Granny Takes a Trip, rising property prices have meant that counterculture is now focused in areas such as Dalston in north east London, but many independent boutiques remain alongside high street and designer shops even if the price tag is a bit more eyebrow-raising than before. Sloane Square is also surrounded by exclusive boutiques and department stores such as Peter Jones, but nowadays there are less 'Sloane Rangers' (wealthy residents with a particular style of dress) milling about, although you do still see the odd Chelsea Pensioner, in their distinctive red coats. From the hotel's location, you are also just a short walk away from South Kensington's museum district where you will find the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History Museums; and you can easily reach the Royal Albert Hall, Harrods Department Store, Hyde Park and more.
The hotel also enjoys fantastic transport links. Sloane Street Station is just a short walk away, where you can catch the District and Circle lines. From here you have direct links to Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express terminates); Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express terminates); King's Cross, St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminus is located); and many more areas of London. If you are driving to the hotel, it can be accessed from the main A4 road, via the M4 and M25, and parking is available in the NCP in Semley Place just a few minutes walk away.
The Draycott is a very good option for your stay in West London, with stunning surroundings, friendly staff, comfortable rooms with no noise pollution and thoughtful extras such as complimentary champagne or coffee in the evening, it's unsurprising previous guests have stated that they don't want to leave. For the best experience, try to get a view of the garden so you can enjoy this picturesque part of London without leaving your room..