SAN DOMENICO HOUSE
Sumptuous Chelsea townhouse splashed with Italian chic
A VOLUPTUOUS CHELSEA HIDEAWAY tucked away near Sloane Square, San Domenico House is a striking blend of elegant red-brick London townhouse
splashed with opulent Italian.
Huge, lavishly furnished bedrooms - some with soaring ceilings - blend space and intimacy with flair, inviting you to draw down the shutters and maybe trade that night out on the town for an indulgent night in. Expensive designer fabrics, original paintings, rag-rolled walls and antiques
collected by the owners around the world add to the feeling of cosseted luxury. Each is individually themed, and upper rooms look over a vista of Chelsea's rooftops and gables.
Beds – many four-postered or canopied – are heaped with silken cushions
, flouncy curtains spill onto the carpets while marble and chrome bathrooms with huge mirrors are generously stocked with Molton Brown bottles. Needless to say you’ll find all the digital gadgetry there too.
Chelsea rooftop views
Hit the Spot
In classiest SW3, just off the King’s Road
Split-level gallery suites have extravagant four-posters and all the trimmings
There’s a full concierge service, so you won’t miss out on big-hotel extras
Head for the rooftop and see Chelsea at its finest
There’s meticulous attention to detail throughout
, while the warm fireplaces, gilded mirrors, books and cosy lamps – plus the odd quirky ornament – lend an expensively at-home feel. Immaculately-clad Italian staff are friendly and attentive, and you can enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea or drinks from the sunny rooftop terrace, with its brilliant views over the Chelsea rooftops.
Explore the King's Road stores, have a room-service dinner in your luxuriant quarters or hit some of the bars and restaurants in the vicinity. Flamboyant touches of Latino chic
are a reminder that the owners – who also run San Domenico Palace and Masseria Cimino in Puglia – hail from Italy. A good enough reason to plot your next trip south, perhaps.
San Domenico House was reviewed by Room for Romance
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Aside from breakfast, afternoon teas are served in the lounge and there's an extensive room service menu featuring both Italian and international dishes if you don't fancy dining out at night.
Try The Bluebird in King's Road – an eclectic menu in smart Conran-esque surroundings. Daphne's in Draycott Avenue should do the trick if you fancy a more theatrical crowd.
See & Do
San Domenico House
An extensive room service menu for stay-at-home nights
You can't beat the rooftop tables with cracking views over Chelsea
Walk through some of London's lovely royal parks, and hire a rowing boat on the Serpentine in the midst of Hyde Park – proposals are said to be legion here. Go west to historic Hampton Court or Kew Gardens, explore the little known Chelsea Physic Garden or walk through the fascinating Thomas Carlysle House on Cheyne Row.
This is the place to shop, shop and shop. Harvey Nicks, Harrods, Peter Jones and a score of top designer boutiques are on your doorstep.
For cocktail lounges, late night bars and clubs, head to Fulham Road and King's Road.
All things floral are centre stage at the big Chelsea Flower Show – assuming you can get tickets.
The Chelsea Festival kicks off with a broad menu of arts events – whether your taste is skinny guitar bands or Wagner
Draycott Place, Chelsea, London SW3 2SH
There is parking 400 yards away if you must bring the car – approx GBP 40 per 24 hours
Tube and train
Nearest tube station is Sloane Square (Circle Line) – three minutes walk. Heathrow Express trains arrive at Paddington station.
GBP 50-55 from Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow – 45 minutes, or London Gatwick – 90 minutes vis Victoria station
Rooms and suites
16 rooms and suites
Expect lots of luxe here: antiques and rich fabrics, gleaming marble bathrooms, fluffy robes, cable TV and DVD players
There's a great rooftop terrace, a small gym and a massage room – plus a full concierge service
GBP 235 – 360
Open all year
Minimum night stay?
Full breakfast is served until 11am.
Available until 9pm
English and Italian