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The Adria Hotel London

The Adria Hotel London

The Adria Hotel London

The Adria Hotel London

The Adria Hotel London

The Adria Hotel London

Address 88 Queen's Gate; London SW7 5AB
by Stanhope Gardens/Harrington Road
Neighbourhood South Kensington | See on map
Tube Gloucester Road [Circle, District, Piccadilly], South Kensington [Circle, District, Piccadilly]
Telephone +44 20 7118 8988
Website http://www.theadria.com
Price From £220

You only need to take a walk through Knightsbridge to get a feel for the massive infux of Arabic money keeping London taxi drivers and townhouse agents afloat. If you want a piece of the wealth but don’t fancy an Edgware Road shisha, book a room at this Qatari-owned gem.

Occupying a couple of Grade II-listed Victorian townhouses in South Ken, there are only 22 rooms and two suites, keeping the operation suitably boutique-sized. It’s a mix of Middle Eastern influence and British tradition, and more like staying in someone’s city residence than a hotel. Well, a rather affluent residence where, as at The Adria, you have a personal butler assigned on arrival.

Rooms are alphabetised (B is for Bowler, F is for Fortnum) and each has its own individual character. Opulent but cosy, they are well-proportioned and tastefully decorated with an eye for detail. Think parquet flooring, button-back chairs and beautiful bespoke furniture by George Smith, as well as marble bathrooms with walk-in waterfall showers, and the latest tech gadgetry including iMedia hubs.

The one thing you shouldn’t look for, however, is booze in the mini bar, or anywhere else in the hotel for that matter: This is a dry property, courtesy of the Middle Eastern owners. (Their influence doesn’t extend everywhere: Gay couples are welcome.) Get your kicks elsewhere or make a detox of it and indulge from wide the selection of mocktails and teas and get a hubbly bubbly in the shisha room. There’s also a small 24-hour fitness room and sauna to sweat it out.

Late sleepers will appreciate that breakfast – included in the rates, as is Wi-Fi – is served until noon in The Morning Room where Arabic specialties are served alongside the usual pastries and eggs. That still leaves the afternoon to explore the area’s many museums or engage in some Arab-style retail therapy in Knightsbridge.