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The Cadogan Hotel

TK hotel in Chelsea, London

This boutique inn on tony, boutique-lined Sloane Street still gives you the feeling of living in one of the posh 19th century homes that were linked together over a century ago to make a hotel. The antiques-stuffed rooms unfold above a series of genteel lounges for afternoon tea or light meals, a cocktail bar, and a small refined restaurant serving modern British cuisine (traditional on weekends). Suites have much larger, seperate sitting rooms than do the already spacious studio suites (plus marble-finished baths and non-working fireplaces) but all the rooms are huge, quiet, and absolutely lovely[md]especially no. 109, the "Lilly Langtry" with its ornately stuccoed ceiling (named for the actress and one-time mistress of Edward VII). No other room really stands above the rest, unless, for history alone, you consider no. 118, a smallish corner suite furnished, with a half-tester bed and fin de siècle decor, just as it was the day in 1895 when guest Oscar Wilde was arrested here for "offenses against young men" and carried off to two years of hard labor. Both concierge and room service are available 24 hours, and guests have access to the large private park (with tennis courts) across the street as well as a nearby fitness center. They even have a license to perform weddings and several small, elegant reception rooms.

75 Sloane Street (at Pavillion Street). [tel] 800/447-7462 in the U.S.; 020/7235-7141 in the U.K. Fax: 020/7245-0994. Tube: Knightsbridge or Sloane Square. Rates: £190 ($317) double, £225 ($375) luxury double; £245 ($408) Oscar Wilde Room; £230[nd]£290 ($383[nd]$483) studio suite, £330 ($550) suite. AE, DC, MC, V.

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This article was last updated in September 2010. All information was accurate at the time.

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