Nestled between Hyde Park and Sloane Square, Chelsea’s understated yet impressive townhouse – The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel – is the perfect harbor for a romantic getaway. With just 54 rooms spread over five floors, the five-star hotel has an intimate scale – sometimes almost feeling like a private residence – so the staff get to know you, providing you with a very personal and first-rate stay. class.
From the first entry into the hotel, the light and airy lobby has an absence of formality. A low desk faces a fireplace and armchairs, making you instantly comfortable and welcome. However, it is also immediately evident that this is a luxurious and impressive hotel. Since reopening in 2019 as a Belmond property, following a $ 48million (£ 34.7million) renovation, it has quickly established itself as one of London’s best. Some 430 original works of art bring a fresh aesthetic, 130-year-old wood paneling adorns the walls and a library of books resides in every room curated by John Sandoe Books – these are just a few of the touches that make it very unique.
The rooms and suites are exemplary with comfortable beds, pillows and high-end finishes throughout. Marble, parquet, renowned lighting and sumptuous rugs, as well as modern technologies such as the Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth speakers are also on the program. Occupying a corner lot, many rooms have views over the gardens of Cadogan Place, including the Penthouse Suite which benefits from balconies on both facades of the building and a strip of rooms that make it a favorite spot for all. those seeking indulgence of the highest standard.
Food and drink
Chef Adam Handling, pictured above, is the main attraction with his restaurant, Adam Handling Chelsea. Like the rest of the hotel, it’s smaller, but with an open kitchen, exquisite service, and exceptional modern British cuisine, it’s likely to be a highlight of your stay here. Handling sums it up: “Modern, British, seasonal, sustainable; this is the philosophy behind my cooking. I don’t want to be the best restaurant in the world – I want to be the locals’ favorite in Chelsea.
There is another dining option in the less formal bar and terrace where you can enjoy a more relaxed dinner and have a drink from the bar which will serve any cocktail under the sun. It also has an outdoor seating area along the sidewalk to soak up the local atmosphere and people-watch. If a traditional English afternoon tea appeals to you, head to the lavish lounge behind the reception, and in the evening it becomes a place to sit down for a fine Japanese whiskey or a special drink.
Since this is a smaller hotel, the facilities are lighter. There is, of course, a spa for massages and other treatments, and a small gym for a few workouts, although with Hyde Park just a short walk down the road, why not go jogging or biking, or even a wild swim in Serpentine Lido – the lake in the center of Hyde Park.
Extra romantic touches
If it’s a lovely evening and you really want to turn things up with a romantic surprise, the concierge can organize a champagne picnic in the charming gardens of Cadogan Place just across the road. This is a private communal garden – imagine Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts climbing the railings in a similar garden in the movie Notting hill – for residents to whom the hotel also has access. A sufficiently calm corner will be found for a unique and memorable experience.
Rooms start from £ 560 per night including breakfast. The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel, 75 Sloane St, Chelsea, London SW1X 9SG; belmond.com