The Draycott Hotel*****, London SW3, England
Two hot discoveries in this well-visited city: a country house hotel – "The Draycott" in the middle of the hustle, bustle just off Sloane Square," with elegance and comfort and special amenities… and a 2 Michelin-starred restaurant – "Marcus Wareing" at The Berkely with a multi-talented Chef and food to absolutely die for. Or, live for!
Old London always surprises with something new. Every time I visit I discover a special treat – this time I found two. Allow me to share: Without apology to Rodgers & Hart – “There’s a small hotel….”
And it’s The Draycott; what a find! Just 35 gorgeous rooms in a five star Edwardian house tucked away from the crowds on the quiet, lovely and private Cadogen Gardens (address: Number 26). You’d never dream you’re just steps away from the bustle of Chelsea’s Kings Road with its slightly Bohemian atmosphere, smart shops and cafes – and a short walk to Knightsbridge with luxury stores like Harrod’s and Harvey Nichols. But – I dare you to leave the Draycott’s antique filled rooms or suites (the former with full kitchens), each themed on a theatrical personality with appropriate posters, programs, etc. (mine was named for the lovely actress Peggy Ashcroft) and fitted out with working fireplaces, satellite TV, a CD music system, complimentary Wi-Fi and wonderful bathrooms.
Accommodations at the back of the hotel overlook the private garden (go when the cherry blossoms are in season!) All this and a hearty English breakfast, 24 hour room service and the bonuses of complimentary tea and biscuits served at 4PM – champagne (a very nice Billecourt Salmon) at 6PM – and hot chocolate before tucking into big beds specially made for the hotel and covered with Sea Island cotton linens. Best sleep I’ve ever had!
A final surprise: with its own entrance, Number 22 Cadogan Gardens is the Draycott’s private mansion for the exclusive use of a special party or corporate event. Nine rooms and suites, its own breakfast/dining room, chef – even a chauffeur. Is this exclusive or what! My rating is a fat 4!