Early in May, my wife and I returned to the Oakley Hotel on Oakley St. for a 2 1/2 week stay, our 4th visit in 12 years. The Oakley offers unbeatable value and a great location in the heart of Chelsea. This upscale, desirable area of London has great shopping, restaurants and pubs on nearby King's Road. Chelsea is well serviced by bus lines and is close the South Kensington and Sloane Tube stops and the Victoria Rail/Tube station. Oakley, is a short street that starts at the Chelsea Embankment and ends at King's Road, and is not very busy during the day or night. The hotel is a 15 minute ride on bus #170 from the Victoria Train station or a 30 minute walk. The Oakley Hotel is a couple of hundred yards north of the Chelsea Embankment on the west side of the street. The surrounding area is mostly high-end residential and there are no other hotels in this prime area. Battersea Park is just across the river over the historic and picturesque Albert Bridge. Oakley St is lined with similar four story Victorian row houses that were build about 150 years ago.
We have stayed in several different rooms at the Oakley, all with a window facing either Oakley Street or the neighbour's gardens. With the worn, antique furnishings and decor, it feels like visiting your grandmother's house, but with all of London available to you. The compact rooms have a closet, double bed, dresser, night table and small sink. The beds are comfortable and the sheets are clean. We have always opted for the shared washrooms and showers, although some rooms have their own facilities. Included in the price of the room is a full English breakfast - with juice, tea or coffee, cereals, toast, eggs, bacon, sausages, beans and tomatoes, served by two delightful Aussie girls in the dining area in the lower level. If you can handle stairs and overlook some of the decorating issues of a very old hotel, in exchange for a great price, in a fantastic London neighbourhood, then this is the place to go, We will return again.
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