Sydney House Chelsea

9-11 Sydney Street, London, England, SW3 6PU

Price from: £104

Sydney House Chelsea - Roof terrace

By Nigel Tisdall, your London expert

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#29 of 80
expert-rated hotels in London
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
4.1
4.1
Public areas:
4.4
4.4
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Singles, Escaping the crowds, Shopping, Sightseeing, Trendiness

Expert review of Sydney House Chelsea

A bright, clean and unpretentious Chelsea bolthole.

This small and simple 21-room boutique hotel ticks a lot of my boxes. It's in a smart, feel-good neighbourhood; the design is fresh, clean and bright; and it belongs to the popular ABode collection of hotels that are a growing presence on the UK hotel scene.

Location: 

This five-storey hotel is formed out of two townhouses in a street adjacent to the smartest part of the Fulham Road. Step outside and you'll find plenty of high class jewellers, sellers of rare books and chi-chi interior design shops - for more mundane purchases head north to South Kensington Underground station. Culture is close by in the form of the Natural History, Science and V&A Museums, and the Saatchi Gallery by Sloane Square. If you crave more posh shopping, Knightsbridge and the King's Road are ready and waiting.

Bedrooms: 

The 21 bedrooms have a Scandinavian feel with their cream walls, bare light wood floors, billowing white beds, slatted window blinds and bright, functional bathrooms. Eight are classed as Deluxe and 12 as Premier - the latter being larger with a sofa. Those at the front only have a shower and all have standard amenities including bathrobes and a DVD player. Avoid those on the first floor - my sleep was disturbed by the noise of traffic and people talking in the lounge area. In summer, treat yourself to a night in 'The Room at the Top' which comes with a private terrace with enjoyable rooftop views.

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Public areas: 

The ground floor is given over to a large, contemporary design lounge in two parts that includes comfy sofas, a bar and internet desk. The stairs and corridors have trendy carpeting in thin multi-coloured stripes - or you can take a ride in what could well be the smallest lift in a London hotel.

Eating and drinking: 

There is no restaurant but you'll find plenty of options close by. Alternatively, there is a simple room service menu with standard dishes that are tasty and well presented, plus you can get alcoholic drinks and coffee in the lounge. Breakfast is served à la carte in a cheerful lower ground floor room with white tables, wood flooring and natural light - the cooked Full English is excellent.

Leisure facilities: 

None on site but hotel guests can use the nearby Aquila Health Club.

Service: 

Relaxed and helpful.

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Who stays there: 

Around two thirds of guests are on business but this is also a good base for upmarket shoppers.

Price advice: 

Rates include VAT but not breakfast (Continental £5.50, Full English £10.95, excluding service). This is a small hotel and early booking is advisable to get a good deal - or to just get in during peak events like Wimbledon and the Chelsea Flower Show. WiFi is complimentary as is the borrowing of DVDs.

Pros: 
Bright, clean ambience
Well-heeled location
Cons: 
No restaurant
Some noise issues

More information on Sydney House Chelsea:

Price from:
£104
Type:
Hotel
Address:
9-11 Sydney Street, London, England, SW3 6PU
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Chelsea

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