Cosmopolitan oasis in South Kensington

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Booking agent description: This 4-star boutique hotel with Victorian charm sits between shopping and dining hotspot, the King's Road and the top museums and galleries on Cromwell Road. As well as the great location, this hotel features an Italian restaurant, 24-hour bar and free wifi.

Location: Chelsea and Knightsbridge, London

Hotel rating: 4 out of 368 reviews

Hotel facilities: Room Service, Air Conditioning, Air-conditioning in public areas, airport shuttle service (on request), Eco-Friendly, Elevator/Lift, Reception (24 hours), Wi Fi, Free internet in the lobby, Gay Friendly

Room facilities: Room Service, Air Conditioning, Radio, Complimentary toiletries, DVD Player, En-Suite Bathroom, Flat screen LCD TV, Coffee/tea facilities, Telephone, Television, Wake-up calls, High speed internet connection, Work Desk, Hairdryer, Mini-bar, Safe, Private bathroom with bath/shower, Kettle, Wifi in the lobby

Accepted credit cards: American Express, Maestro, Mastercard, Visa

Hotel policies: Children welcome, Service animals permitted only, Smoking not permitted

Business amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment, Board room, Conference Rooms, Meeting Rooms, Overhead projector, sound equipment