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By Katie Wilson

Tucked away in a quiet street, near some of London’s biggest landmarks, is where you’ll find Eccleston Square Hotel.

One of London’s most exclusive addresses, this townhouse hotel is special because it looks out over Eccleston Square Gardens, best enjoyed from one of their Balcony King Rooms.

This award-winning green space is usually only available to residents as you need a key to get in, but if you’re a hotel guest you are automatically granted access. You just need to ask someone at reception to let you in.

Fans of the literary classic, The Secret Garden, might feel like a young Mary Lennox stepping inside the gates for the first time. When we visited in April, spring flowers were in full bloom, but it will be even more spectacular in May when the nearby Chelsea Flower Show is on, and the summer months beyond.

Eccleston Square Hotel is also ideally located for visits to Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Harrods, Tate Britain, Battersea Power Station, those visiting to see Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre and the pretty shopping streets of Belgravia, including Elizabeth Street and Eccleston Yards.

Eccleston Square Hotel Review

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Eccleston Square Hotel entrance
Credit: Eccleston Square Hotel

Just a few minutes’ walk from Victoria tube station, it felt very exclusive arriving at Eccleston Square Hotel. You can’t just walk in, unless you already have a key and are a guest. Instead, you have to press a doorbell so a member of the concierge team can welcome you.

Inside the lobby is tastefully decorated with a striped tile floor, sweeping staircase and chandeliers dangling from the ceilings. Check-in was swift and easy and within moments we were being escorted to our room on the first floor.

THE ROOMS

balcony room at Eccleston Square Hotel
Credit: Eccleston Square Hotel

There are 39 rooms at Eccleston Square Hotel and all come with state-of-the-art technology. Though the hotel looks traditional on the outside, it is one of the most high tech hotels we’ve ever stayed in.

Helpful staff took the time to go through all the room features with us and there was an iPad you could use to control things, order room service, make hotel requests and plan trips through their handy neighbourhood guides.

The 49-inch TVs have 4K Google Chromecast to pair to your device, so you can watch movies and your favourite TV shows via your subscribed streaming services. You can listen to music through the Sonos Beam sound bar. And lights, curtains and the smart glass wall between the bathroom and bedroom can be controlled at the touch of the button (glass goes opaque for privacy should you want it to).

Eccleston Square Hotel balcony room
Credit: Eccleston Square Hotel

Rooms are fully air conditioned with super fast Wi-Fi, but the best thing – and something we had never seen in a hotel before – was the king-size Hästens massage bed, costing £30,000 each.

Use the remote control to easily adjust the massage settings and decide whether you want it on your feet, head, or both. The bed also moves from a lying down to sitting position, perfect for breakfast in bed.

Extra room features worth a mention include Nespresso coffee makers, L’Occitane toiletries, bathrobes and slippers and BaByliss hair dryers. If available, book one of the Balcony Rooms, like the one we stayed in (pictured above). Stepping through the beautiful French window doors to your own private balcony is quite something. In the summer months, drinks or breakfast here will be glorious.

FOOD AND DRINK

Minotti Lounge bar at Eccleston Square Hotel
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There isn’t a restaurant at Eccleston Square Hotel, but drinks can be ordered in the Minotti Lounge (pictured above), exclusively for hotel guests. Breakfast is served in the area just beyond this or can be taken in your room. There is a choice of continental or pay a bit extra for a hot breakfast. Prices start from £14.50pp.

Room service is available until 10.30pm nightly. Food is casual and ranges from burgers and bagels to nachos and salads, with a sweet treats such as churros and buttermilk pancakes for dessert. Prices are reasonable with the most expensive menu items – BBQ Bacon Burger or the Firecracker Prawn Salad – just £13.95.

EXTRAS

Eccleston Square Gardens
Credit: Eccleston Square Hotel

The hotel has exclusive access to the beautiful Eccleston Square Gardens, so a stay here is quite unlike any other in the capital. Usually reserved for residents only, you get in via a key fob. Reception staff at the hotel can let you in.

Once inside, you could spend hours looking at the various flowers and strolling around the perfectly manicured grounds. You could take a picnic and sit on the lawn or one of the seating areas in the warmer months. There is a small playground for children (though Eccleston Square hotel is adults-only) and even a tennis court.

OVERALL VERDICT

Eccleston Square Hotel is a charming secret garden stay in central London. With some of the most comfortable rooms we’ve stayed in and within walking distance to many of the capital’s main attractions, it’s also reasonably priced for your next trip to the capital.

Rooms start from £190.50 a night

Book a stay at Eccleston Square Hotel here

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