Hotel review

Hotel Review: Cheval Gloucester Park, Kensington, London SW7

Part of the Cheval Collection, which has nine luxury apartment residences in London and three in Edinburgh, Cheval Gloucester Park reopened in February 2020 after a two-year, multi-million pound refurbishment. The latest property in the collection, Lexham Gardens by Cheval Maison, opened last July.

Available to book for any length of stay, Cheval Gloucester Park has 98 fully serviced apartments spread over ten floors. Guests can choose from a one-, two-, or three-bedroom apartment or one of three five-bedroom penthouses — Gloucester, Cromwell, and Kensington — that are on the upper floors.

Located two minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station (Piccadilly, Circle and District lines) and just ten minutes from South Kensington, Cheval Gloucester Park is an ideal base for families, couples and travelers alone wishing to explore west and central London.

why stay here

The recent multi-million pound refurbishment is evident at Cheval Gloucester Park and the reception area is striking with unique design features, furniture and artwork on display. Facilities also include a private 12-seat cinema and lounges on the ground floor, perfect for a few hours of reading and relaxing.

There is, however, one main reason why guests should book here – and it’s the apartments themselves. We stayed in a huge two bedroom superior apartment which had a wow effect from the moment we walked in.

Traveling with family members – my sister, niece and nephew – there was easily enough space for us all to relax. The master bedroom and twin bedroom are en-suite and the living/dining room has a large sofa, comfortable single seating and dining tables and chairs. Also in the living room was a huge wide screen TV, perfect for movie night for my ten year old nephew.

The beds in the bedrooms were ultra-comfortable and the bathrooms have Bulgari fixtures and fluffy bathrobes. Along with a welcome basket (tea, coffee, milk, crisps and shortbread) those luxury touches were great.

Design wise, everything in the apartment was of a very, very high standard. From furniture to coffee table books, the preservation was top notch. So much so that the 1960s-style living room was described by my sister as “something extraordinary”. Mad Men”. She was right, you could definitely see Don Draper living here and enjoying a Lucky Strike and an Old Fashioned.

Gloucester Horse Park Kitchen

Eat and drink

One of the great advantages of staying in an “apart-hotel” is the possibility of eating “at home”, if you wish. Our two bed apartment came with a huge fully equipped kitchen with an oven and all the pots, pans and utensils needed to cook up a storm. There’s also a dishwasher, so you don’t even have to scrub the pans.

If you prefer to have an evening meal delivered to the apartment, you can order via the Room Service website. Enter the establishment code (details are in the room) to see which restaurants you can order from. An original design of the apartment is a “delivery closet” which staff can access from the outside through the front door and also from inside by guests. Your food will be brought directly here.

Guests who don’t want to cook or order can even arrange with the concierge to book a private chef to come and cook in the apartment. Cheval Collection collaborates with La Belle Assiette to offer the service. If you do venture out to eat, there are plenty of places within walking distance that will suit all budgets.

The living room has space for dining and for a movie night

Going out: things to see and do

If you’re a fan of London’s museums, then you’re in luck, because here you’re just a short walk from South Kensington’s ‘Museum Mile’. Walk ten minutes along Cromwell Road and you will find three of London’s most popular tourist attractions: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Within half an hour’s walk you will also find the Design Museum near Kensington High Street and the Saatchi Gallery on King’s Road.

In Knightsbridge, Sloane Square and Kensington High Street, shoppers can find their fashion fix. While for a day outdoors on foot or by bike, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Holland Park are also very close.

The Master Bedroom of the Superior Twin Apartment

The verdict

You don’t have to be a Don Draper or a 1960s Manhattan publicist to appreciate the work that has gone into the design and amenities of Cheval Gloucester Park. To get an honest verdict, you really should ask the younger members of our travel party. When we asked my nephew how he would rate the apartment out of ten, his answer was emphatic: “12/10”. My niece, a typical 18-year-old TikToking, doesn’t really like spending time with her little brother, mother, and uncle. But even she was impressed. One of the first things she did was share a TikTok tour of the apartment and tell her friends where she was. Enough said.

Prices and how to book

A superior one-bedroom apartment at Cheval Gloucester Park starts from £299 per night. Rates for a Superior Two Bedroom Apartment start from £750. Reservations are made directly on the Cheval Collection website.

Horse Gloucester Park, Ashburn Place, Kensington, London SW7 4LL; horsecollection.com


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