The Cadogan Hotel
What We Love
- Within walking distance of leafy Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and South Kensington’s museums
- Classic British cuisine served at the Cadogan Bar
- Traditional afternoon tea in the oak-paneled drawing room
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Superior Double Rooms are a compact 182 square feet
- Access to a private garden on Cadogan Place
- Continental breakfast costs $27 per person, and full English breakfast costs $43 per person
- Free WiFi
An elegant townhouse hotel brimming with Edwardian appeal, the Cadogan has a central SW1 postcode that puts you in possibly the classiest part of town — sandwiched between ritzy Knightsbridge, quietly wealthy South Kensington and Sloane Square (an area so posh its name has become a synonym for young aristocratic types). The genteel atmosphere in the hotel, meanwhile, evokes the sophistication of days gone by. A great base for anyone looking to get to the (gold-plated) heart of the capital, the Cadogan avoids the en vogue contemporary look and sticks to its roots with a grand portico entrance, oak-paneled walls, wingback chairs and low chandeliers.
Bed and Bath
The hotel’s famed past hangs heavy in the hallways. It was here that Lillie Langtry courted the future King Edward VII in the 19th century, and later, in Room 118, that Oscar Wilde awaited his arrest for “gross indecency.” Today that famous suite bears the playwright’s name, but all of the 64 guestrooms and suites have unique features. On the lower floors, Superior Double Rooms have a pattern-heavy, feminine look, while Deluxe Doubles offer more space and garden or street views. The spacious suites can accommodate families, with large sitting areas in Junior Suites and completely separate living rooms in the One Bedroom Suites. All have LCD TVs, WiFi (included in the rate) and top-notch toiletries from Plantation in the bathrooms.
Tuck into a traditional afternoon tea in the grand Edwardian dining room, complete with velvet chairs, a Carrara marble Louis XIV fireplace and dozens of flickering candles. The Cadogan Bar serves an impressive selection of English wines and classic British dishes (beer battered fish and chips, shepherd’s pie). Although there’s a fully equipped gym, you’re more likely to build up an appetite with a day of shopping and sightseeing. The hotel is within easy walking distance of Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and the museums of South Kensington. For shoppers, the King’s Road and the irresistible Harrods and Harvey Nichols are all nearby.
In the Area
Three of London’s most iconic museums are within easy reach: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. They’re all free to enter seven days a week and open until 10:30 p.m. on the last Friday of the month. Built in 1871 for Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert, the Royal Albert Hall is a grand concert venue with a domed roof, tiered seating and fantastic acoustics. The eclectic lineup includes big name stars as well as quirkier acts such as the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Pick up posh treats at Harrods’ opulent food hall. Fill your basket with fancy teas and biscuits and browse the impressive deli counters. Dining highlights include Ladurée, for Parisian macarons, a Veuve Clicquot champagne bar and a steakhouse where you can preselect a cut from the in-store butcher. Head to the Saatchi Gallery for a contemporary art fix. Housed in the former Duke of York’s HQ on Chelsea’s King’s Road, this vast 70,000-square-foot art space features modern art exhibitions that change every three months. Entrance is free seven days a week.
How to Get There
We stayed at this hotel about four days after it opened, so unfortunately they were still working out some of the kinks. That being said it will be a five star experience when they roll out the kinks. If you are looking for a small luxury hotel close to Harrods and Harvey Nichols, this is your place. If you are looking for a large flashy hotel like the Mandarin Oriental which happens to be near by, this is not the hotel for you. We stayed in a jr suite on the first floor, obviously since it is brand new, the furnishings were impeccable, and the quality very upscale. Luxurious, but understated. I have never spoken about a toilet in a review..... but I have to say the high tech toilets in the rooms were awesome.... we will be buying them for our home. Won't go into details....but they were great!!! The bed was very comfortable with lovely pillows and beautiful sheets.The mini bar has a coffee/tea maker which we always love having in the room. We had drinks several nights in the cozy fun bar area, which I believe was attracting quite a few locals. Fun atmosphere, they bring you a complimentary small taste of a drink of the day which was fun. The bar got quite crowded, I highly recommend asking the concierge to reserve you a table, or you might not be able to sit down. One of the only downfalls of this hotel would be the breakfast. Very, very a la carte, very small, toast not included, etc... not a hearty English breakfast, and very pricey for what you get .There were also a few mishaps with room service, forgotten items, etc.. but truly believe this is due to only being opened for a few days. The service was very good throughout, very apologetic for the small mishaps. We are fans of Belmond, and I have no doubt that if we return in a few months, there will be a five star review.
The Belmond just reopened. All my friends talked about it so I had to see it.
I like to stay in luxury hotels and I must say that the transformation of the Cadogan is splendid. Most of all, there is a sense of luxury that is quite difficult to find in other places. It feels so comfortable so immediately! Perhaps because the staff are all so nice, welcoming, smiling. I got a rare sense of caring from them. Julia was so good in the lounge that I asked for her name and then I met delightful Katarina, a real gem. Best address in London...
This was an absolute treat. The hotel has been refurbished with style. The room we had was a corner room on Sloane Street and Pont Street and the clever design of the corner seat and table was practical and stylish; one of the many lovely features that have been carefully thought through and make the hotel feel unique. The bathroom was so beautifully finished that I cannot think of a thing I would change about it. We had the lobster and some herby fries from room service - 'tip top" as the Luxembourgers would say. Delicious cocktails in the bar before we went out to a late dinner found us being indecisive and the friendly staff mixed us up their favourites which we thoroughly enjoyed. All the staff were warm and friendly without being obsequious. If you're looking for a top hotel in this area, stay here.
Terrible experience! Visited their bar&lounge as it just opened. The staff at the lounge was the worst that I’ve seen in London. I’ve asked for three times two different staff members to take my coat, but for 20minutes they were just walking around and not doing anything. Even they forgot to bring simple bottled water that we ordered and for 20minutes nobody came to take the drinks/cocktail orders!
Sad thing is that the place was more then half empty and they were just lost there, walking around doing nothing.
I’ve asked for the manager twice, the only reply waa “Let me look for him”, without coming back and without any explanation. After 45min general manager came where I’ve mentioned complaints and how terrible experience and services it is. He apologized and said he will talk to F&B manager, BUT we got charged the full bill. Well done to this venue, I felt like I was at the tube station!
We loved it. The location, the suites, the bar and the beautiful gardens, (though we didn't get a chance to use the tennis court!) and the gorgeous breakfast room is one of the most beautifully designed rooms of any London hotel. But what makes this hotel so special is the staff, from the welcome at the door to the moment you leave, they make you feel like the only people staying at the hotel. This hotel is elegant, luxurious but with tremendous warmth. A stunning new addition to London.