We’ll take care of you” should be the Draycott Hotel’s motto. It perfectly suits their staff’s attitude and performance. This small hotel is an almost perfect ‘home from home’. Housed in three Edwardian brick row houses (1890 built) that have been joined, it’s a quiet London getaway that still manages to be near a number of the city’s attractions. It’s located in the Kensington/Chelsea borough. Sloane street, one minute away, is known for its upscale stores. Within walking distance are the shops of Knightsbridge, the most famous of which is Harrods.
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The caring attitude of the staff begins when you check in, although it seems more like a visit to a friend as you sit at a desk in the homey reception area. If you arrive between 4 and 6pm, you can partake of complimentary tea and cookies in the drawing room. After 6 indulge in a glass of complimentary champagne.
The beautifully furnished and comfortable drawing room, complete with fireplace, overlooks the garden square. It’s a great big plus for the hotel as the large garden is available to hotel guests. Another common room, one where guests are allowed to smoke, is the cozy library off the reception hall. Magazines and the morning newspapers are available in the drawing room.
The 35 individually decorated rooms and suites, named after famous people, vary in their configuration and size, so be specific about what you are looking for when you book a room--some have separate showers and/or fireplaces; a couple have doors opening onto the garden. Most have sofas and small dining tables, and all but a couple are huge in size. Some have the convenience of a kitchenette.
All are furnished with antique furniture, have satellite TV, CD systems, and mini-bars. Other room amenities are plenty of magazines to read and a teddy bear to hug goodnight. Large towels and toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers add to the pampering atmosphere. You’ll have no trouble sleeping here—the mattresses on the beds are some of the best I have encountered, and the bed linens are made from the finest Sea Island cotton.
Tucked away on the first floor is a computer that can be used free of charge for accessing internet email. There's 24-hour room service offering a selection of hot and cold dishes and beverages. The hotel serves breakfast and other meals to order.
The Draycott provides a room for private meetings in boardroom style for up to 12 people. It’s equipped with the latest av facilities.
26 Cadogan Gardens
London SW3 2RP
Tel. 020 7730 6466
Fax. 020 7730 0236
US toll free. 1 800 747 4942
US toll free fax. 1 800 747 0109
Nearest underground: Sloane Square
Website: Draycott Hotel
E-mail: Reservations at the Draycott
Rating: AA 5 star
RAC blue ribbon
Insider Tips: The elevator is very tiny, so use the stairs if you are claustrophobic.
On Kings Road, one minute away from the hotel are a health food store with gluten free goodies, Patisserie Valerie with take-out fresh sandwiches, gelato ice cream, and fancy coffees. Tucked in the square off Kings Road are two deli-restaurants with great food. A bank, Boots pharmacy, and postoffice are a stone’s throw away.
The downside of the hotel: no way to control the heating/air-conditioning yourself from your room. No tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms, unless you get one with a kitchenette.
Photos courtesy Draycott Hotel