Draycott Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Knightsbridge, London, England

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Pros

  • Charming, intimate boutique hotel
  • Effortlessly unpretentious and welcoming staff
  • Great location for Knightsbridge and Sloane Square shopping
  • Free English afternoon tea, evening champagne, and nightly hot chocolate
  • Delicious cooked and continental breakfasts
  • Spacious middle category rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • 24-hour room service

Cons

  • Some furnishings a bit worn
  • No pool or fitness center

Bottom Line

This 35-room combo of Edwardian townhouses is warm and intimate with a country home feel, and in a great location for exclusive West End shopping. With wonderful boutique perks such as the free English afternoon tea (guests at other hotels will have to pay at least a £15 premium to enjoy such a tradition), free pre-dinner champagne, and free hot chocolate before bed, it’s hard to find much at the Draycott to complain about. Unless, of course, your priorities are a pool and fitness center, both of which the hotel lacks.

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 Scene

A country-style home away from home

With a beautiful red brick Edwardian exterior and delicate Victorian antiques filling the interior, the Draycott is rich with period history. At an intimate 35 rooms, the vibe is more akin to a cozy country home than a hotel in one of the most bustling cities in the world: The Drawing Room is old-fashioned, with plush fabric sofas in flowery patterns, while the Library shows off an Edwardian fireplace complete with intricate period woodwork. Unique, endearing touches such as the meticulously hand-painted elevator doors and individual guest letterboxes complete the boutique charm.

Rooms are comfortable and spacious, each one themed and styled after a prominent figure in English theater. Biographies, portraits, and even a small dossier are provided to help familiarize you with your highlighted actor or actress -- a brief but delightful introduction to the world of English drama.

 Location

Five minutes from Sloane Square tube station, on the border of Knightsbridge and Chelsea

Formerly a bohemian quarter in the 19th century where artists, radicals, and poets used to convene, Chelsea now serves as a roost for investment bankers, film stars, and pop singers such as Kylie Minogue. The transformation is complete with King’s Road and Sloane Square now serving as favorite shopping spots for wealthy clients; even the Saatchi Art Gallery, home to some of the capital’s more interesting contemporary art, hosts auctions to multi-millionaire investors who buy "exotic" pieces by oppressed and tortured Chinese political prisoners.

Knightsbridge is primarily an affluent, toffee-nosed shopping and residential area, populated by well-heeled locals, Middle Eastern leisure and business guests, and the working immigrant class that holds everything together. Home to of some of London’s wealthiest residents (such as Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich), this is also the famed hangout spot for Arab boy racers who reportedly fly in their supercars for the summer and spend their days and nights racing around the local streets in £180,000 Lamborghinis.

  • 5-minute walk to Sloane Square, Saatchi Gallery, and King’s Road shopping district
  • 15-minute walk to Knightsbridge shopping district, including designer shops and Harrods
  • 15-minute walk to Hyde Park
  • 15-minute walk to the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • 7-minute tube ride to South Kensington station, the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum
  • 10-minute tube ride to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, and scenic walks along the Thames
  • 14-minute tube ride to Notting Hill Gate and Portobello Market
  • 15-minute bus ride to Hyde Park Corner station and Buckingham Palace
  • 18-minute tube ride to Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, London ICA, Tate Modern, and the South Bank
  • 20-minute tube ride to Piccadilly Circus and the theatre district
  • 23-minute tube ride to Covent Garden and more theatre district

 Rooms

Cozy and traditional, with a country home feel

Rooms and suites are reminiscent of a comfortable English country home, each one themed after a prominent figure in theater. Related reading material and portraits are supplied in each room.

  • Each room uniquely decorated in classic English decor
  • Gas fireplaces
  • Satellite TV and CD players
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Standard rooms are tiny

 Features

Main perks are the ambiance and beverage freebies throughout the day

 Bottom Line

This 35-room combo of Edwardian townhouses is warm and intimate with a country home feel, and in a great location for exclusive West End shopping. With wonderful boutique perks such as the free English afternoon tea (guests at other hotels will have to pay at least a £15 premium to enjoy such a tradition), free pre-dinner champagne, and free hot chocolate before bed, it’s hard to find much at the Draycott to complain about. Unless, of course, your priorities are a pool and fitness center, both of which the hotel lacks.

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Address

  • 26 Cadogan Gardens, London, SW3 2RP, GB

Room Types

  • Deluxe Double
  • Double Room
  • Suite

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Hotel Features

Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Knightsbridge, London
Address: 26 Cadogan Gardens, London, SW3 2RP, GB
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