Having stayed at No. 11 on a couple of occasions before and really enjoyed it, we were looking forward to a few days in this lovely part of London.
As soon as we stepped over the threshold though, we started getting worried. Whereas previously No. 11 had real old-fashioned charm and style, the entrance was now dark and unwelcoming, seemingly lit only by reflections off the gilt chandeliers and reproduction "boudoir" armchairs. The kind and welcoming porters in their white jackets have been replaced by staff dressed in an attempt at urban überchic - black shirts, black trousers. A quick glance into the drawing room revealed - oh horror of horros - a flat-screen TV hanging on the wall in a gilt frame.
Happily the decoration in the room had not been tampered with, but our room overlooked the inner shaft and echoed with the incessant throb of the kitchen ventilation. Interestingly, the new porter commented on this fact with a "Oh, it is noisy, no?".
Our next disappointment came the following morning when we went down for breakfast. Hitherto, the dining room was a light and inviting room. Now, the walls are over-filled with paparazzi-style photos and the new furniture was certainly no improvement over the old.
Sadly, the make-over has - in our opinion - taken the soul out of the hotel. Yes, the carpet in the entrance used to be a bit threadbare - but did the designer need to try and replicate the over-styled, over-gilt and utterly charmless places you find the world over? The very fact that No. 11 used to be so different from the faceless hotels you can find in any city was the essential part of its attraction.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to No.11 Cadogan Gardens, a unique urban hideaway off Sloane Street in the heart of affluent Knightsbridge. A member of the internationally recognised brand Small Luxury Hotels of the World™, this enchanting retreat is brimming with character and charm.Behind the classic Victorian façade, No.11 Cadogan Gardens is reminiscent of a grand private residence. On ascending the stairs, guests can view the many gilded oil portraits of distinguished royalty and aristocrats adorning the walls. These artworks transport guests to a era of glamour and elegance from the moment they step through the door.The distinctly eclectic décor marries beautifully with all the modern conveniences a contemporary traveller could wish for, creating a truly unforgettable boutique hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 11 Cadogan Gardens
- Eleven Cadogan Gardens London
- Eleven Cadogan Gardens Hotel London
- No.11 Cadogan Gardens London, England