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
First impression of the hotel was lovely and only 2 min walk from Sloane Square tube. We arrived early (11.30)so checked in, left cases and wandered off for the day. We were advised that cases would be in our room on return (check in is from 2)When we arrived back around 5 we went up to our room to freshen up before going out to eat and see a show but unfortunately our cases were not in our room. We called reception and was told they would be sent straight up. We waited and waited but had to leave as we would have missed our dinner reservation. We advised concierge of this on our way out. First impressions of the room were very tired looking- miss matched furniture - lots of scratches on bed (wooden bedstead and headboard) carpet had seen better days and view out of window was some sort of large metal extractor contraption that “hummed” all the time. (And I mean it was very large and that was literally our view) We were so tired and fell into bed that night. The bed and bedding was very comfortable though and we slept very well both nights. On waking we only had a coffee maker in the room and we only drink tea so I mentioned this to concierge and he said normally upon check in you are asked for a preference which unfortunately we wasn’t. I must say though tea making facilities were sent up straight away. That morning we also had to ask for WiFi code. After reviewing reviews and photos prior to booking I think our room may be in major need of refurbishment as we never saw it in any of the pics. Room 202. On check out drinks and breakfasts were added to our bill which we didn’t have (I will need to check credit card bill to check we haven’t been charged) I have stayed in 5* hotels all over the world and by no means was this 5* - well our room wasn’t anyway! Perhaps a 3.5 - 4*. Feel ripped off if I’m honest 😢
The hotel is superb in all respects but mostly because the team are super friendly and very helpful. Hotel is located just off Sloane Square behind John Lewis in characterful Chelsea. We love shopping on the Kings Road and you are near plenty of good restaurants etc
This is our 5 stay here. The signature suite was one of the best rooms we have stayed in in London. The staff where incredibly helpful and friendly. Perfect location just off Sloane street, easy walking distance to harrods.
One of the best trips to London with my wife. We stayed at 11 Cadogan Gardens and I must say that the hotel and their staff is a pure definition of fine hospitality. We will definitely return to 11 Cadogan Gardens on our next trip!
I had a short overnight stay in this charming small hotel located in a quiet area of Chelsea.The room was petite but perfectly formed and very comfortable with a great bed.Very friendly staff, helpful and polite.