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Adria Boutique Hotel 4.5

South Kensington, London, England

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Pros

  • Exquisite design blends traditional English and Middle Eastern influences
  • Housed in a historic Victorian home
  • Convenient South Kensington locale, near the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Victorian-style lounge spaces, such as the Drawing Room and Study
  • Gourmet breakfast served in the Morning room
  • Individualized decor in the lovely rooms
  • Marble bathrooms with heated floors and rainfall showerheads
  • Small spa with sauna, plus a small fitness center
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Single Rooms are quite small
  • No alcohol served in the building (a pro for some)

Bottom Line

This luxury boutique hotel is situated in a 19th century Victorian townhouse, and offers elegant, bespoke decor that blends classic English style with Middle Eastern influences. The 24 rooms each have a different name and stylistic theme, though all are gorgeous and have marble bathrooms with rainfall showerheads. With butler service, a small spa with sauna, tailored fine dining menus, and a series of intimate lounges on the ground floor, the hotel manages to deliver a personalized experience that feels truly decadent -- even by London standards. The South Kensington location is within walking distance of the Victoria and Albert Museum and Kensington Gardens. Just note that no alcohol or pork are served on the premises out of respect for Muslim traditions (the owner is Qatari).

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Scene

A restored Victorian townhouse with gorgeous, homey English design

This white Victorian townhouse dates to the 19th century, and the interiors have been beautifully restored in classic English style -- with a Middle Eastern twist. The owner is Qatari, and Middle Eastern influences can be felt in some of the tiling and fabric patterns. The hotel also has a clever alphabetical theme; its 24 rooms are laid out from A to Z (Adria, Bowler, Croquet, Downing, etc.) and each is decorated according to the name that pertains to it. The public spaces, continuing with the homey feel of the hotel, have been decorated as different parts of a functioning home -- these include the Study, Drawing Room, Morning Room, Lounge, and Garden Room.

Location

Prime South Kensington location with great tube access

The Adria is located in South Kensington, near the Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College London, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museum. The hotel itself is on the posh Queens Gate boulevard, along with a handful of embassies, luxury hotels, private member clubs, and fine dining restaurants, which gives the area a true sense of exclusivity. Located a few minutes by foot from Gloucester Road and South Kensington tube station, the hotel has quick access to Heathrow Airport (via the Piccadilly Line) as well as all major parts of the city.

Rooms

Gorgeous themed rooms with historical touches and marble bathrooms

Each room has individualized style pertaining to the room's name and theme (such as "croquet"), though all are decorated lavishly with quality bespoke furniture and art; some have murals of beautiful arabesque patterns on the wall. The wood furniture (such as the desks and chairs) is handcrafted, floors are parquet, refreshments (including coffee and tea) are free, robes and slippers are provided, and the welcome pack of hotel goodies includes dice, playing cards, and stationary. Bathrooms are adorned with gorgeous marble and have rainfall showerheads; most have heated floors. Almost all rooms have espresso machines.

Features

Victorian-style lounge spaces, including the Morning Room restaurant and open-air Garden Room

The lounge spaces on the ground floor are named after the traditional rooms of a Victorian home. The Drawing Room has wingback chairs, a fireplace, plush couch, and bay window facing the street; the color scheme is of teal and cream, and arabesque patterns adorn the walls, curtains, and chairs. The Study has bolder decor in reds and blacks, as well as magazines, books, and a glass display case of vases. The restaurant, called the Morning Room, is where the gourmet, cooked-to-order breakfast is served, and can also be used in the afternoon and evenings for other functions. Private dining is available with 24 hours notice. Dates are on offer in the Olive Room, and fresh Turkish coffee (which is a hit with the many Middle Eastern guests that frequent the hotel) is served in the open-air Garden Room, which has banquet seating and floors of gorgeous Middle Eastern tile. It should be noted that the hotel doesn't serve alcohol due to Qatari custom (and ownership) so guests may have to venture outside of the hotel to get a drink.

The small spa includes a sauna and treatment room, and the gym has a strength training machine, a couple of cardio machines, bottled water, and free weights (just try not to drop them on the parquet floors).

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Address

88 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5AB, United Kingdom

Also Known As

  • Adria Hotel

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