A trip to London always leaves me feeling inspired and like my cup is full. It’s always an absolute dream to be wandering down the bustling streets in this beautiful city lined with gorgeous townhouses and quaint shops and restaurants.
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On our last couple of trips we’ve stayed in Chelsea, and this past Christmas, when looking for a great place four our family to stay for a longer term, I stumbled on 11 Cadogan Gardens. Chelsea has become our favorite part of town and The Apartments at 11 Cadogan Gardens are our favorite place to stay in Chelsea for a very comfortable and relaxing stay with plenty of room for the family to spread out.
The customer service is impeccable, the staff is incredible and attentive and you quickly feel like a part of the family.
Here’s what it’s like to stay at The Apartments at 11 Cadogan Gardens.
If you’re flying in to Heathrow you can opt for a 40-50 minute (depending on traffic) black cab ride into Chelsea. It costs about 70GBP to get to the hotel.
For a slightly less expensive option you can hop on the Heathrow Express and with a quick transfer at Paddington Station, be at Sloane Square station, in the heart of Chelsea in about 35 minutes. It’s a quick 5 minute walk from Sloane Square Station to The Apartments at 11 Cadogan Gardens. Keep in mind that if there are three or more of you, a cab is probably cheaper or about the same cost and more direct.
About the Property
11 Cadogan Gardens is tucked into a stunning residential square in Chelsea, just north of Sloane Square.
When you pull up to the gorgeous red-brick terraced townhouses, you immediately feel like you are moving into one of the most posh neighborhoods in London…and you’d be right.
The hotel adjoins Pavilion Road a super cute pedestrian only street full of cute boutiques and restaurants which runs between Chelsea and Knightsbridge.
Just around the corner from the hotel lobby at 20 Cadogan Gardens are the apartments. Each apartment occupies an entire floor of one of the red brick townhouses. These flats back up to the Cadogan Gardens, a private neighborhood park to which you can gain access with a key from the hotel.
The garden views from the apartment windows are a great way to start your day!
The layout of the apartments at 11 Cadogan Gardens ensures that all flats are comfortable and private. Every apartment has gorgeous garden views and some even have direct garden access out the back french doors. Talk about amazing!!
The six recently renovated, light, bright and modern flats all have their own different floor plans offering anywhere form 1-3 bedrooms. Each apartment is accessed by a private elevator entrance (or you can choose to walk up the stunning staircase to each apartment, depending on what floor you are on and how much you feel like walking.)
All have comfortable living rooms, well appointed kitchens, comfy beds with luxury linens and stunning marble baths with rain head showers. Some apartments also offer large soaking tubs.
You know how much I appreciate great design and the beautiful light herringbone wood floors, floor to ceiling windows with killer views, 12 foot ceilings and clean, modern kitchens and baths combined with features like original and lovingly restored original fireplaces are just a stunning combination.
The primary bedroom in both the two bedroom apartment and the three bedroom apartment have super king beds, which are larger than traditional US King sized beds.
When you first arrive at your apartment, you are greeted with a welcome basket of fresh bread, jams and honey, and fresh pastries. The fridge is stocked with bottles of sparkling and still water, fresh orange juice, as well as milk, butter and eggs.
After a long flight it is very nice to feel like you don’t have to run out to find something to eat. I LOVE having a kitchen for longer stays. It is so nice to make a stop at Tesco or M&S and grab a few things to fix breakfast or a midnight snack.
One thing to note about the apartments that is different than staying in the actual hotel rooms, is that housekeeping is only provided once every 7 days. You can ask for the housekeeping team to come additional days, it just costs 50 GBP per visit.
While housekeeping doesn’t come daily, they are happy to bring you extra towels, blankets, toilet paper…whatever you need, at any time. I actually prefer not having housekeeping come everyday, so for us this is the perfect set-up, but for someone that loves having their bed made each morning, that might not be the ideal.
I’ve stayed in three of the six apartments…the three bedroom, one of the two bedroom apartments, and the one bedroom loft apartment on the top floor of the townhouse. Each is unique and beautiful. The two and three bedroom apartments are ideal for family trips and the one bedroom is a great couples retreat.
Of the three two bedroom apartments available, the first floor apartment is my favorite with the most incredible kitchen/dining/living room area with 12 foot (maybe 15…we’re talking high!) ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and french doors over-looking the gardens. Absolutely breathtaking!
In many cases, breakfast is included in your stay. Hans Bar and Grill the hotel’s stylish restaurant adjacent to the hotel and sitting along Pavilion Road. It offers classic brasserie-style dishes from brunch to dinner.
Breakfast every morning was a treat. Should you want to have afternoon tea, the hotel also offers a gorgeous Chelsea Garden Afternoon Tea, paying tribute to the beautiful location on Cadogan Gardens. Tea is available Monday – Sunday from 2pm – 6pm, and reservations are highly recommended.
Things To Do In The Neighborhood
Pavilion Road – London’s longest and cutest and friendliest mews, full of the best artisan shops and restaurants.
Sloane Square – A lively square in the heart of Chelsea with restaurants and places to gather.
King’s Road – The perfect place for retail therapy. Lots of shopping and dining.
The Chelsea Flower Show – Every May the streets of Chelsea are decked out as part of the Royal Flower Show. Shops compete against each other for the best floral display within a given theme chosen each year.
Saatchi Gallery – contemporary art exhibitions showcasing the work of emerging artists. Since 1985 the gallery has presented curated exhibitions on themes relevant and exciting in the context of contemporary creative culture.
Cadogan Hall – Home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. London’s destination for international touring orchestras, a vibrant selection of contemporary, jazz, folk, world music events, as well as talks, debates, and conferences.
Natural History Museum – a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. Exhibits include a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history.
Duke of York Square Food Market – Every Saturday from 10am-4pm an amazing open-air Fine Food market, curated by Partridges, a local high end grocery store, offers artisanal and locally produced meat, game, fish, bread, cakes, cup-cakes and much more! There’s a great grassy are to bring a blanket and sit, eat and enjoy.
Overall, you cannot go wrong with a stay at The Apartments at 11 Cadogan Gardens. It is practically perfect in every way as far as I’m concerned. I look forward to every trip back.
The perfect location, comfortable luxury apartments, and top-notch customer service make The Apartments at 11 Cadogan Gardens a hotel I am happy to recommend to everyone.
Location: Chelsea, London UK
Price Range: $$$
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