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Discrete and old-fashioned with a warm staff
With 11 suites, the Durley House is an intimate boutique hotel that specializes in privacy. The largely unadorned, Georgian exterior leads to a comfortable interior that resembles an English country home. While it is cozy and charming, the old fashioned decor might not be to everyone's taste. The staff are warm and welcoming, and often remember the first name of their guests. The scene here is a relaxed one. Spacious suites provide an area to kick back and 24-hour room service -- including midnight snacks like popcorn -- will make it even easier to stay in.
A short walk 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 locals and visitors. Knightsbridge is primarily an affluent shopping and residential area, populated by well-heeled locals, businessmen, and visitors enjoying the neighborhood's shops. Durley House is only a 6-minute walk to Sloane Square and the King's Road shopping district and all of the top London attractions are easily accessible by tube.
Comfortable suites with an old-fashioned sensibility
There are a total of 11 comfortable suites at Durley House. Guests can choose between one-bedroom or two-bedroom suites, all with a sitting room, modern kitchen, and free Wi-Fi. Room service is available 24 hours a day and dining areas make it attractive to order in to the suite. The traditional English decor is cozy and welcoming. Suites are ideal for families or groups looking for a little extra space, and lovely touches like big bouquets of flowers make Durley House feel even more like a private residence. The most impressive suite here is the Durley Suite. This signature suite includes original period oil paintings and other traditional touches.
Cozy sitting room and 24-hour room service
While the Durley House doesn't offer a full-service restaurant, it does have a cozy sitting room for enjoying afternoon tea or 24-hour room service, utilizing a historic dumb water. Hotel guests also have exclusive access to Cadogan Gardens.
THE DURLEY HOUSE CLOSED IN JANUARY 2013. The tiny and intimate Durley House is a specialized boutique hotel with a discrete Chelsea location. The 11 individually designed suites are spacious and filled with traditional English decor. Cozy living areas, modern kitchens, and dining spaces are features in all the suites. While Durley House doesn't have a formal restaurant, there is 24-hour room service available, utilizing a historic dumb waiter. Personal service makes Durley House stand out against the competition, and warm touches include big bouquets of fresh flowers and affordable afternoon tea. With free Wi-Fi and a great location for shopping in nearby Knightsbridge and Sloane Square, Durley House is a great pick for London visitors that aren't concerned with the latest modern decor.