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London’s top 4 “townhouse” hotels.

by Rajul on June 30, 2010

The warm hospitality of people like Antonio, the barman at the Egerton House Hotel, typifies the charm of intimate townhouse hotels over faceless chains

London is home to some of the world’s finest townhouse hotels – each one rich in individuality, history and style.  And so for a peaceful and luxuriously comfortable “home from home” in the midst of a vibrant city, the following welcoming hotels will offer you a truly unforgettable experience.

We’ve identified four of our favourite townhouse hotels in London based on in-depth research of guest reviews and meetings with management:

Egerton House Hotel

The Egerton House has a certain Victorian charm and is the ideal Knightsbridge boutique hotel if you like shopping at Harrods.

Period antiques and works of art share the same space as modern amenities such as free wireless internet, a testament to the hotel’s subtle success in combining old-fashioned hospitality with all the mod-cons.

This is a hotel we love for its friendliness…a fact confirmed by a couple of fairly recent visits including a meeting with the management as well as a Martini tasting inside its delightfully cosy hotel bar.

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The Egerton House Hotel is cosiness personified – it has little over 30 bedrooms

Its desirability is further reflected in its current standing in the top 5 from over a thousand London hotels on TripAdvisor.

One TripAdvisor reviewer described the Egerton House as “a little jewel box hotel where the staff treat you like friends of the family.”

Pelham Hotel

Another favourite among TripAdvisor reviewers, the Pelham Hotel is described by one satisfied former guest as, ‘perfect for two days of shopping and culture in London.’

It’s another townhouse hotel that has caught our attention on this blog before, largely because of the homely environment nurtured at the hotel.

Nestled away in a secluded corner of affluent South Kensington, the Pelham offers easy access to many of London’s most popular museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum.  The upmarket boutiques of Chelsea and the natural beauty of Hyde Park are also within easy reach.

Again, the real charm of the Pelham is in how it attractively blends traditional Georgian architecture and contemporary furnishings.

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The Pelham is handy for museums, shopping, good restaurants and all the best that London has to offer

Dean Street Townhouse

Soho’s Dean Street Townhouse is another wonderful example of a Georgian townhouse converted into luxury accommodation for visitors to London.

But it has a different vibe to the hotel gems already mentioned, largely because it’s in the heart of buzzing Soho.  With prices from £95 per night (unbelievable for the area), rooms at the hotel are infinitely affordable.

Yet they come fully stocked with everything a weary 21st century traveller needs – a Sky equipped flatscreen TV, free wireless internet and the option of a king-size or super king-size bed.

We praised the Dean Street Townhouse opening for its refreshing honesty and later complimented the management’s understated marketing strategy.  What matters most though is its value for money and friendly, unfussy service; as well as an ideal location for London’s lively nightlife.

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Dean Street Townhouse offers stunning value in the heart of Soho

The Draycott

The Draycott in Chelsea is another perennial London Hotels Insight favourite due to its consistency in staying near the top of the shortlist of the very best London hotels on TripAdvisor.

It offers a sanctuary within the peaceful serenity of Cadogan Gardens, just off Sloane Square and a short walk from the fantastic Saatchi Gallery and also good for shopping in the stylish fashion boutiques on Kings Road.

A former Edwardian townhouse, the hotel is a cosy five-star affair, and is currently in TripAdvisor’s top ten London hotels.  We’ve also visited this hotel and met management, who pride themselves on giving generous freebies to guests including bedtime cocoa and free WiFi.

The hotel consists of a couple of distinct townhouses joined together.  The rooms that we personally inspected were of generous proportions, with each bearing the individual signature of a famous person from the arts.

The Draycott is truly a stylish, friendly and hospitable hotel.

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The Draycott’s lovely garden is one of the hotel’s finest features

In fact, you won’t go far wrong with any of the above choices, each of which provides a more memorable stay than a nondescript chain hotel.

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Photo credits: Egerton House Hotel (Red Carnation Hotel Collection), Draycott Hotel (Mantis), Pelham Hotel, Dean Street Townhouse.

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