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Cheval Residences serviced apartments, a home rather than a hotel

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For frequent travellers who find hotels increasingly soulless – or just miss being able to cook dinner – there is another option: the serviced apartment.

Rather than having to inhabit just one room and go out for meals, the appeal of serviced apartments is often the extra space – such as a separate living room and kitchen – plus the security of a reception, a daily maid service, a central location and being able to stay there for the night, a week, or months and even years at a time.

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The view of the rest of the apartments from my (pretty high up) balcony

Judging by the apartment I stayed in, one of Cheval Residences serviced apartments in London, which was just behind Gloucester Road tube station, an added benefit was that the place was immaculate. It was like being given my very own luxury flat in which I could totally make myself at home, forgetting that my own rather shabby flat was just a few miles away.

cheval residences serviced apartments in london
The spacious lounge came with a massive TV, a lengthy dining table and a selection of magazines

I stayed in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom flat, which also had an spankingly clean kitchen and a vast living room with a polished oak dining table, comfy sofas and its own balcony with a vertigo-inspiring view.

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The master bedroom which had an ensuite
cheval residences serviced apartments in london
The second bedroom with twin beds

Each room had a vast television, the bathrooms had soap, shampoo and conditioner, not forgetting slippers and fluffy robes, and the kitchen not only had a fruit basket and hamper with goodies such as fudge, cereal and Nespresso coffee pods, but the fridge had the all the essentials: eggs, orange juice, butter and milk (and there was a loaf of bread in the bread bin).

cheval residences serviced apartments in london
My ‘welcome home’ hamper…
The kitchen was spotless...
The kitchen was spotless…
cheval residences serviced apartments in london
….and the tidiest cutlery drawer I’ve ever seen

Cheval, which recently launched a new development in Tower Bridge to add to its other residences in Knightsbridge, Kensington, Sloane Square and the City, says that London is lagging behind other cities when it comes to serviced apartments, with just 1.6 units for every 1,000 business travellers compared with 5.3 in Asia and 5.7 in the US.

However it’s not cheap to have a place to yourself rather than a hotel room – prices start from £330 a night for a one-bedroom apartment, going up to between £2,300 to £4,900 for a week for a two-bedroom apartment in Gloucester Road.

cheval residences serviced apartments in london
My own smart front door

There is no longer the room service food delivery as promised on its website so on the Sunday night I stayed I was advised to order a takeaway myself or head round to the 24 hour Tesco which was just a short (and rainy) walk away. I made scrambled eggs instead.

However the service was very good. The day after I left I realised I’d left my sunglasses there. When I popped round the following day they were waiting for me at reception in an envelope with my name on.

Cheval Residences, www.chevalresidences.com

reservations@chevalresidences.com

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