Wednesday, 4 October 2017

My Stay at The Draycott Hotel in London

It's very rare these days that I get any mummy me time so when an overnight stay at the Draycott Hotel was offered I simply couldn't refuse. I usually end up plagued by mum guilt at the thought of even going somewhere by myself. However, I was recently invited to a very exciting blogging event in London which I didn't want to miss. I've suffered a lot with postnatal depression lately (pnd) so hubby decided I should take some time to myself for a couple of days. 



The event was being held near Kensington so I was looking for a hotel near to that location. I stumbled across the very beautiful looking Draycott Hotel which is a 5* luxury hotel, located in the heart of Chelsea, one of London's most desirable locations. It was ideally situated for my event and exploring London.




The Edwardian hotel has only 35 rooms which really appealed to me. I knew it wouldn't be too busy and that it should hopefully provide me with the rest and relaxation I so desperately craved.



After a busy morning in work, I jumped on the train from Cardiff to London and headed off for my mini mum break. I arrived at The Draycott in the evening when it was already dark but thankfully the hotel was easy to locate. Check in was quick and easy and I was swiftly escorted to my room. 



My room actually had my name on the door (loved that personal touch). Once I entered I was blown away. It felt like a luxurious home away from home, full of elegance and splendour but still with that cosy, comfortable feel. It was quintessentially British and I loved it. Classical music was playing and I instantly felt calm and relaxed.



Believe it or not the first thing I spotted were the cuddly toys (typical mum). My girls would have loved that touch.



The room was a deluxe double with a garden view. I couldn't wait to see the view in the morning. The room was very large in size with plenty of storage space. There was a desk which I used to catch up on blogging and there was also an extremely comfy sofa and chairs in-front of the fire. There was a well stocked mini bar.






The bathroom was one of my favourite parts of the hotel room. The bathtub was nice and deep and the room was bright with plenty of mirrors (a much needed requirement when i'm trying to get ready). I decided to have a shower, freshen up and head out to explore the local area.




When I returned I headed into the drawing room for a hot chocolate. This is offered to all guests and is available from 21.30pm. The hotel also offers some other charming treats such as tea and biscuits at 16.00pm and champagne at 18.00pm but unfortunately I hadn't arrived in time for those. 



I then headed upstairs, sunk into my large bed and watched a spot of TV. Not having to watch children's TV was a luxury in itself. 

I had the most wonderful  undisturbed night's sleep. The hotel was so quiet which is such a rarity in London these days. Usually when I stay in London hotels all I can hear is the noise and traffic from outside but I didn't get any of that. It was very peaceful. 



I opened the curtains to a stunning view of the private Cadogan gardens. The sun was shining and the autumn colours on the trees and leaves were in full glory.



I decided to have a laid back morning and jumped in the bath for a bit of a pamper before my event. The bath was amazing. It was so deep and it made me feel like I was in a spa. 




I then donned my Draycott robe and slippers and ordered breakfast to my bedroom. It felt so  good to just relax and take my time. It was such an escapism from my usual day to day chaotic routine. 





Breakfast was delivered quickly and it was delicious. There was plenty to choose from but I chose to have some of the hot English offerings.






Before I had to leave for my event, I headed into the gardens. I sat on a bench and soaked up its beauty. It reminded me of that scene from the film Notting Hill where they are in the gardens. It was so serene and it felt like a hidden oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of London. 






When it was time to check out I was gutted. I honestly had the most incredible stay at The Draycott. It was simply luxurious and it was without a doubt the most peaceful, comfortable stay I have ever had in London. The staff were friendly and attentive. The only thing I was disappointed about was the fact I wasn't there for another night which is testament to how great it was. 



I definitely want to return with the family. I think it would be the ideal place to stay with kids as the hotel feels like a home away from home and I know they would enjoy it.



If you'd like to see more of my stay then have a look at my youtube video.






*Thank you to the Draycott Hotel for my complimentary stay in return for my honest opinion in this blog post*




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40 comments

  1. Wow what a stunning and luxurious hotel - I love that the room had your name on. It's those small touches that make all the difference :)

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    1. You're right. They make all the difference x

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  2. Oh wow this looks like an amazing place to stay at! I could do with a stay somewhere like that to just RELAX and wander those gardens!

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  3. Hot chocolate in the drawing room, classic! Sounds like you had a nice chance to recharge. Love the little opening title on your vlog too. :)

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  4. Wow, this looks like such a quaint little hotel! Hot chocolate in the drawing room sounds so cosy.

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  5. Ah - this looks wonderful. What a perfect place for some rest and recuperation! I've heard of Draycott before too, very luxurious. Would love to stay there on a date night with hubby one day :)

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    1. It's fab. I want to take the family there x

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  6. WOW! What a hotel! Like you, I'd have loved the cuddly toy touches too. I'm not surprised you didn't want to leave. I want to go right now! Perfect break away for us stressed Mums!

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  7. Wow, what a beautiful hotel! Love the baby rhino to great you - it's those tiny touches that make all the difference! Glad you enjoyed your night away from it all - mummy guilt is a killer, but we need to do it every now and again for our sanity!

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    1. The small touches make all the difference x

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  8. Wow... You did manage to find a really gorgeous place to stay. It looks really outstanding and a gorgeous hotel. Very deceiving from the outside.
    Thanks for Sharing

    John M

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  9. what a beautiful hotel. It is always lovely to find little gems amongst all the big hotels in a city.

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  10. Ooh, this looks amazing! I would love a night away in a nice hotel just for me. I haven't had any me time in forever!

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  11. Oh what a gorgeous hotel - it all looks so luxurious! I am so glad you managed some peace and rest! Kaz x

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  12. Looks like a beautiful room and a grand view too. Lush!

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  13. I like the interior decor in the room. What a lovely hotel.

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  14. The Draycott looks like a beautiful hotel. As for the hot chocolate - what a lovely bonus to your stay :)

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    1. It was the little touches that made it perfect

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  15. I love the hotels in Chelsea, love all the personal touches the hotel offered and the view from your room was just gorgeous

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  16. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful room! I love staying in places that feel really homely.

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  17. This hotel looks stunning and so luxurious! x

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  18. Oh my lordy, that hotel is incredible. I love how original it is, soo luxurious. So many hotels now are really modern, which is beautiful but you can't beat somewhere that looks like this

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    1. It was fab to have a break from a modern room

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  19. Wow Wow!! What an amazing hotel. In London as well with it being so quiet is a big must. I'm glad you took a night off, recharge your batteries a bit too

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  20. This sounds perfect! And just what you needed. It’s apeays good when you find a hotel that is family friendly x

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  21. Oppulence peace charm and charecter all rooled into one incredible package. It looks amazing. So jealous of you right now. Will certainly be on my radar for next bisit to London

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