11 Cadogan Gardens
What We Love
- Eccentric, no-method-to-this-madness mélange of styles in the guest rooms
- Plenty of places to relax, from the small library to the bright lounge and warm conservatory
- Guest access to the beautiful private gardens opposite the hotel
- Rabbit warren layout – the place is big, but feels cozy
What To Know
- The property still has the feel of a private members club rather than a hotel – staff are happy to help, but you have to ask them, rather than expect them to anticipate your every query
- The extreme variation of style through the public areas and the guestrooms won’t be to everyone’s taste
- The corridors and staircase are extremely dark, though the rooms are flooded with light
- Free WiFi
Tucked just round the corner from posh Sloane Square, and within walking distance of Knightsbridge, No. 11 Cadogan Gardens is a London hotel like no other, a former private members club that still carries that rarefied, members-only atmosphere. Head up the gloriously fusty, painting-heavy staircase and along dark, Gothic corridors towards to heavy wooden doors that open into one of 54 airy, stylish bedrooms (some have garden views). Every room is different here, and it’s this individuality that makes it one of the capital’s most enchanting stays.
In the Area
Sloane Square— the place so posh that “Sloane” is shorthand for “upper crust”—is an incongruous setting for the Royal Court Theatre, which produces some of the UK’s finest new writing. Caryl Churchill, Joe Orton, David Hare and Christopher Hampton all cut their teeth here. The area around Sloane Square is packed with tiny, traditional pubs that eschew gastropub food and serve Scotch eggs and pork pies. The Antelope is a friendly place to start. At the end of the street is Peter Jones, department store extraordinaire to the well-heeled and a microcosm of Middle-to-Upper England. Drop in for a browse and look out for the likes of Kate Middleton and her friends. Knightsbridge—shopping heaven—is also just five-minute walk away, while the King’s Road is at the back of the hotel and Elizabeth Street in Belgravia has lots of gourmet food stores. The best Sunday roast in the area is at the Thomas Cubitt, on Elizabeth Street. Arrive early to beat the crowds, and start with an eye-opener cocktail.
How to Get There
Good location on a quiet street. Staff generally excellent and helpful, but we found the hotel in general and to a lesser extent the restaurant to be a big disappointment. We are very regular London hotel users and have 6 similar size 5* establishments that we know well and with prices so variable depending on occupancy levels we book well in advance and generally go for the best price at the time. We’d heard good reports of 11 Cadogan Gardens and also given the very high Trip Advisor score we thought we’d give it a try even though it was substantially more expensive than we normally pay. What we found was a hotel with noisy plumbing and poor soundproofing between rooms (which I commented on). Our room was a good size with a bit of a mixed bag of furniture and just one chair even though plenty of room for another so not usable for other than sleeping. The bathroom was very dated with a shower that was difficult to control and sprayed all over the place from a poorly fitting connection. Our restaurant experience was just at breakfast and again the serving staff were good but the food poorly presented and mediocre. 5* hotel? Sorry, I don’t get it. Needless to say we won’t be back
Love this botuque hotel and new restaurant downstairs. Wonderful appointments throughout and great service. Location is just a block from Sloan Square and Kings Road in Chelsea and a three minute to the tube. We will be back!
We thought they have got the offering so right. Really helpful and friendly staff that just couldn’t do enough to make our stay good in the way that do at the Dorchester; not snooty but hospitality professionals at the top of their game. We were upgraded as it was our anniversary to a beautiful room. The hotel is a little gem and we’ll be coming back.
11 Cadogan Gardens was probably the finest hotel we have ever stayed in! Not only was the room beautiful and well-appointed but the staff was outstanding. The 3 concierges we dealt with were Joni Salgado, Emelson Barbosa and Richie Long and every one of them went out of his way, above and beyond, to make our trip absolutely wonderful!! Excellent in every way!!!
Tall fancy brick townhouses have been combined into one, where we felt wrapped in Victorian comfort in the reception areas, with all modern comforts in the bedrooms. The staff were very kind. The food in the restaurant was very good. The old oil paintings amused. The marble bathrooms pleased. And the quick step into Sloane Square was ideal. Somehow the whole thing seemed so English. ‘Clublike’ is a very good description.