At 88 Queen’s Gate in South Kensington, London is the traditional Victorian townhouse, The Adriatic. An exclusive hotel for connoisseurs, you’d expect no less from a luxurious 5-star establishment nestled in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. And with the Coronation and the Chelsea Flower Show, the neighborhood has never been so fashionable.
At the heart of the hotel is flexibility, convenience, and privacy, and this ethos is paired with thoughtful, elegant design (it’s undergone an extensive restoration in recent years) and top-notch service; Cue the team of personal butlers are on hand to meet all guest needs.
It is also ideally located, a stone’s throw from some of London’s finest and most recognizable landmarks, from the V&A to Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Harrods. The Adria has also formed partnerships with local restaurants to encourage guests to explore and embrace the area.
The man behind this luxury hotel is General Manager, Gary Redmond, and he shares his highlights.
What is the USP of the hotel and what does it bring to Kensington?
What sets the Adria apart is the hospitality, comfort and design that is provided. As a luxury 19th century Victorian townhouse, the hotel has been meticulously restored with elegantly decorated spaces. The hotel is exclusive and discreet, similar to that of a private club. Our location in charming South Kensington means we are within walking distance of London’s world famous museums, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and the designer delights of Knightsbridge with Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Sloane Street.
Tell us about its design.
We have meticulously restored our townhouse, marrying contemporary design with the elegance and intimacy of a 19th century residence. The goal was for customers to feel as if they were entering a private home. As a result, we have plenty of free-flowing spaces for customers to enjoy and use as they please. The spaces consist of a lounge, the perfect respite for an evening cocktail to an elegant games room are all warm and welcoming and full of character with period features such as detailed cornices, black and white marble throughout. corridors and a cast iron balustrade. . The hotel’s rooms have been named after typical British characters or objects – such as Umbrella, Victoria and Elizabeth (in reference to the late Queen Elizabeth II) – and are designed to be a calm and inviting space for stays short and long term. . Each room has a bespoke British-designed character headboard and specially commissioned artwork to match each room’s name, while the wallpaper comes from world-renowned designer Philip Jeffries.
How would you define customer experience?
Our team of personal butlers create the most memorable experiences for our guests. This can include a variety of interactions a guest will have before, during or after their stay. They truly offer unparalleled levels of service – from a seamless check-in to preparing an evening cocktail to recommending restaurants and local attractions, and guests enjoy personalized service throughout. their holiday.
What are your favorite aspects of this hotel?
We wanted to pay homage to our building from 1870 and thus created a ‘Butler’s Pantry’. This is definitely my favorite part of the hotel as it is bright and airy and filled with sweet treats for guests to enjoy throughout the day. The Garden lounge with its retractable canopy is the ideal place in the evening to relax over a cocktail.
Who is the Adria for?
The Adria caters to a range of different guests from all corners of the globe. American and Middle Eastern customers are the largest market. They love to travel, and what better way to discover the superb city of London than by staying in a typical English hotel?
What are the highlights of your hotel throughout the year?
As London is famous for hosting big events such as the Championships; Wimbledon or the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we try to incorporate this theme into the hotel, whether it’s a special package or an aligned decorative theme. During Christmas, we adapt our special offers and customers can take advantage of wreath-making workshops or candle-making classes.
What is your favorite piece and why?
I love our “Wimbledon” executive room. It is located on the first floor and has 16 foot high ceilings with handcrafted French doors leading to a small balcony. Exquisite Italian furnishings with a cipollino marble bathroom completes the room.
What can you recommend in the surroundings?
Such! A walk to Kensington Palace – currently showing ‘Crown to Couture’, an exhibition on how fashion in the 18th century inspired the iconic red carpet looks of today. Lunch at Launceston Square, a true hidden gem in South Kensington. Browse the boutiques of Sloane Street, home to the flagship stores of global luxury brands, and end the evening with dinner at Daphne’s, a neighborhood favorite restaurant, serving authentic Italian cuisine since its founding in 1964.
Nestled in the heart of South Kensington, the Adria is within walking distance of famous attractions such as the Natural History Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and the luxury boutiques, cue Harrods and surrounding high-end designer boutiques.
There is a trend towards townhouses, and the Adria is a timeless 19th century townhouse that is definitely synonymous with London and nods to the nostalgic charm of a members club. Behind the stucco facade, you’ll find a blend of classic and contemporary with an elegant design to tastefully meet the needs of the modern traveller.
The Adria is home to 24 elegant suites and rooms — from Wimbledon to Kensington — that feature thoughtful layouts, stylish furnishings, and appropriate artwork. There is also a minibar and coffee corner, and a working area, as well as underfloor heating and Italian marble bathrooms to further add to the luxury of the accommodation.
For those who want to work out or relax, head to the Adria’s private gym, which all guests can use for free whenever they want during their stay. The air-conditioned gym is equipped with a range of machines (treadmills and bikes), weights, pilates balls and floor mats to suit all needs.
Want to relax and unwind? Well you’re in luck because the spa is open 7 days a week and its treatment menu includes deep tissue massages, reflexology and beauty treatments such as manicures and pedicures, and it’s complemented by sauna.
Start the day off right with an à la carte breakfast, which is served according to guests’ schedule, either in your room or in the breakfast room. Traditional afternoon tea is also available in the Polo Lounge, Drawing Room or, if you fancy an evening drink, join in a cocktail party in the Games Room.
For dining options, the Adria partners with a variety of award-winning local partner restaurants so guests can order a feast to suit their needs and schedule. These include Michelin star menus from Nobu and Gordon Ramsey, ordering and the butler will take care of everything else to make you feel right at home; Sit by the fireplace in one of the lounges or eat in your suite, the choice is yours.
Address: 88 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5AB
Telephone: 020 7118 8988