On a quiet side street not far off Fulham Road, myhotel Chelsea is a short (but rather confusing walk) from South Kensington Underground station and London’s three big Victorian museums: the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria & Albert. It’s also close to the chic shops on Brompton Road and the department store bustle of Knightsbridge.
The rooms are sweetly feminine, with wicker headboards and velvet cushions in pink and purple tones, but sensible technology (flatscreen TVs with DVD player, free internet) keeps things in line. Smellies in the neat bathrooms are the BeeKind range from Gilchrist & Soames.
The key attraction to the Chelsea myhotel is, for me, the Library, an airy central conservatory where you can sit in modernist armchairs to read style mags or listen to the water feature. But free mini-muffins or pastries and the aquarium at reception are also nice touches.
Eating and drinking
The bar is a gentle space too, somewhere to calmly discuss the day’s purchases rather than party hard - the plain wood floors, tongue-and-groove fittings and dining table give a domestic feel, despite vigorous wallpaper and the skinnily modern white leather chairs. For food, though, I’d head to Tom’s Kitchen, which is round the corner on Cale Street.
Just off the Library, there’s a little gym (elegant free weights, cardiovascular machines, yoga mats) and the Jinja room for treatments.
Good-natured, but sometimes a bit too relaxed - even distracted.
Who stays there
Boutique shoppers and travellers more interested in a good night’s sleep than a party.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Quiet location
- Airy central conservatory
- Lack of nightlife