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by Mark H
"We had a great time. Awesome apartment with a superior location. Quiet, residential neighborhood, but literally steps to 2 Gordon Ramsay restaurants, including the namesake one with three Michelin stars. The Five Fields, which was the number one restaurant on trip advisor while we were there, was also a 10 minute walk. Also a great little pub, The Surprise, was just around the corner, and its sister pub, the Phoenix, was five minutes away. 10 minute walk to Sloane Square (Tube station), Sloane Street, and King's Road. The apartment was also a long block away from the Thames and just across the river was Battersea park. You could take a beautiful 45 minute walk down the Thames to get to Parliament, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. Finally, right around the corner from us was the Royal Hospital where the Chelsea pensioners stay. We went to church there on Sunday; it was a beautiful service in their spectacular 17th century chapel. When we needed a cab, it was very easy to get one on Royal Hospital Road.
Inside the apartment was very nice as well. Two bedrooms downstairs with very comfortable beds. Also three full bathrooms downstairs (plus the powder room upstairs) was a big plus. The kitchen, living room and dining room were very nicely appointed, although the furniture was not very comfortable to sit in. Ditto for sitting on the hide-a-bed couch downstairs in the separate TV room. I can only imagine that sleeping on the hide-a-bed is very uncomfortable. The apartment had 2 Internet routers, one for upstairs and one for downstairs. The upstairs one was very spotty, but the downstairs one worked for both floors most of the time. I think the main problem was just too much competition for bandwidth from all the other apartments. Thankfully Candise is a high tech guru and she reset one of the routers, after which we had much better performance. They also had a speaker with a docking station so that you could play your music off of your iPhone. Perhaps the most glaring weakness was the absence of a drip coffee maker or a Keureg machine, odd given that they must rent to a lot of Americans. There were two Starbucks within a 10 minute walk, although the coffee isn't quite up to American standards - or maybe just my standards - (not strong enough or hot enough).
Although it's hard to call me an expert after just one week, I did walk the area quite a bit, and I would definitely return to Chelsea, and that apartment in particular (assuming they buy a coffee machine before my next visit!)"