Photo courtesy The Egerton House Hotel
Looking for somewhere luxurious to stay in London England? Contributor Beth Hoke shares this list of the top unique and boutique hotels in Chelsea London for 2023
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The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is an exclusive enclave near some of London’s top attractions, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Saatchi Gallery. The borough is also home to the iconic Harrodsdepartment store and Portobello Road Market.
Book a stay at one of these top unique and boutique hotels in Chelsea (or close by!) where you’ll be treated like royalty with signature amenities, award-winning services and facilities, and one-of-a-kind experiences. You might even run into actual royalty during your stay – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children live in this upscale neighborhood in historic Kensington Palace!
Learn more about these great places to stay in this posh corner of London with our list of the top unique and boutique hotels in Chelsea.
The Top Unique & Boutique Hotels in Chelsea London
The Egerton House Hotel
Personalized service is the hallmark of the luxurious 5-star Egerton House Hotel. You’ll be greeted with your favorite cocktail at check-in and shown to your room where you’ll find fresh flowers, complimentary beverages, and a wide range of modern amenities.
Both breakfast and afternoon tea include vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options and the chef can prepare custom dishes for private dinners upon request. The hotel’s partnerships with local businesses gives its guests access to unique experiences such as in-room suit fittings from Redwood & Feller, local tours with experienced guides, and private shopping excursions at Harrods.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: The Egerton House Hotel
Sloane Place Hotel
Hotels near Sloane Square offer guests easy access to all of the attractions along the Circle and District Lines. The Sloane Place Hotel is a short five-minute walk from the tube station, making it ideally located for your stay in London.
This 4-star property is the perfect mix of classic British coziness and contemporary luxury. The guest rooms and suites are equipped with comfortable Hypnos mattresses, walk-in Villeroy and Boch rain showers, and exclusive Molton Brown toiletries. The hotel has an on-site bar and restaurant and a rooftop terrace that can be enjoyed year-round.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: Sloane Place Hotel
The Beaufort Hotel
If you need some retail therapy, this family-owned boutique property in the Knightsbridge district is perfectly positioned for a London shopping spree. Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Bonhams auction house are all less than a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
When you return from shopping, retreat to your luxuriously appointed accommodations and enjoy the upscale amenities that include Egyptian cotton bedding, cozy bathrobes, complimentary WiFi, satellite television, and original art from the hotel’s private collection.
Although the Beaufort doesn’t have on-site dining, they offer door-to-door delivery from top-rated restaurants in Belgravia and Knightsbridge.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: The Beaufort Hotel
Sonder Chelsea Green
Sonder proves that boutique hotels in Chelsea can be more than just a place for a short holiday in London. This 4-star hotel has all of the amenities you’ll need for a longer business trip or a temporary relocation.
Select a room in the Standard or Superior Queen or King categories which include a modern writing desk you can use as a landing pad for your laptop, or head to the spacious sun-filled atrium and crunch the numbers for the latest budget report surrounded by the buzz of other travelers – business and leisure alike.
If you’ll be at the Sonder for a while, consider upgrading to the more spacious Stellar Queen Suite with a small dining table, a comfortable sofa, and a kitchenette.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: Sonder Chelsea Green
A luxurious oasis in the center of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Number Sixteen is close to some of London’s best-known attractions. But you may never want to leave this unique property with its thoughtfully designed private and public spaces.
The owner, Kit Kemp, has decorated each light-filled guest room with a contemporary twist on traditional English style. The common areas include two drawing rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Sumner Place, and a library where afternoon tea is served.
Be sure to check out The Orangery, a conservatory that can be used by hotel guests or booked for private events. There’s also a lush garden with individual seating areas where one can enjoy a drink or bite to eat or simply enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: Number Sixteen
The Pelham London – Starhotels Collezione
This 5-star hotel in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is part of Starhotels, a collection of prestigious properties in Europe and North America. The rooms and suites are individually decorated and include top-of-the-line amenities such as Frette bed linens, Marshall speakers, and Penhaligon’s toiletries.
A Michelin-starred chef presides over the kitchen in the on-site restaurant, La Trattoria, where gourmet fare is served for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
For a unique way to tour London, book a classic car experience with the Pelham’s team of expert concierges, who can help you choose between a one-hour tour in a 1920s Rolls-Royce, a three-hour tour in a 1970s limousine that belonged to the Queen, or full-day customized tour in a chauffeur-driven classic Daimler.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: The Pelham London – Starhotels Collezione
Chelsea Guest House
Providing the kind of personal service normally only found in London’s top boutique hotels, the Chelsea Guest House offers a number of premium rooms for those wanting a little luxury.
Furnished with the luxurious Hypnos brand of handmade beds, reputedly “the most comfortable in the world” the establishment’s top tier accommodations also boast contemporary décor, en-suite facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, as well as a welcome tray with tea, coffee and biscuits.
Just 15 minutes by train to central London, guest house staff can also handle your sightseeing bookings, including boat and bus tours, as well as take care of taxi and limo services.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: Chelsea Guest House
The Orange Public House & Hotel
Just blocks east of the boundaries of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is a Cubitt House property that combines an award-winning gastropub with a boutique hotel for a uniquely British hospitality experience.
The Orange Public House & Hotel features spacious 4-star accommodations in Central London with king-sized beds and en-suite bathrooms available in Standard and Superior categories. Both categories include cozy cotton robes, in-room WiFi, and complimentary breakfast.
The pub is known for its friendly neighborhood atmosphere, farm-to-table fare, and curated selection of wine, spirits, and craft beer.
Rates & Reservations: The Orange Public House & Hotel
Contributor Beth Hoke is a travel and lifestyle writer who has created content for some of the industry leaders in experiential travel, including Google’s Touring Bird; Tui’s blog, Musement; and Vamonde. Her features have appeared online and in print at RileyMag.com, DispatchesEurope.com, and Military Spouse magazine.
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