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9 London Aparthotels to Book for a Fully-Serviced Stay

For many travelers seeking the comforts of home combined with the indulgences of a hotel, London aparthotels have emerged as a perfect choice.

These unique accommodations seamlessly blend the warmth of a well-furnished apartment with the conveniences typically associated with upscale hotels. From cooking up your own English breakfast in a kitchenette to having room service at your beck and call, London aparthotels offer the best of both worlds.

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Whether you’re a solo traveler on an extended sojourn or a family looking for space to stretch out after a day of sightseeing, consider booking one of these gems. Dive deep into London’s bustling vibe, knowing well that at the end of the day, a homely retreat, with a touch of opulence, awaits you. Cheers to finding your home away from home in the heart of the city!

What is an “Aparthotel?”

An aparthotel, or apartment hotel, is a boon to people who are visiting a country for a longer period of time or traveling in a group. 

You get the best of both worlds: the freedom and space of an apartment as well as the facilities and security of a hotel room. (No more worrying about dodgy Airbnb hosts!) Each Aparthotel unit (room/suite) usually contains a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, free wifi plus access to amenities such as laundry, and sometimes even a pool or fitness center.

The exact facilities offered vary from one aparthotel to the next, much as the services offered by a 3-star hotel differ from a 5-star! Also note that many aparthotels and serviced apartments in central London offer benefits and discounts if you sign up as a member. For example, Cove offers early check-in and 10% off. Most also offer lower prices if booking for a longer duration.

1. The Apartment Collection by Native Places 

Photos courtesy of The Apartment Collection by Native Places

If you’re hunting for pet-friendly London aparthotels, check out The Apartment Collection by Native Places! A relatively new addition to the London tourist scene, it was launched in 2023 and consists of 187 apartments in 11 different locations, from Fulham to Bank.

Just like the website, the spaces are all beautifully decorated, with not a single sterile white wall or flat-pack furniture in sight. They even host events at some of their spaces to create a community feel! Native Bankside even has a 24/7 drop-in pantry filled with complimentary snacks and tea.

The only drawback is that the booking system is rather clumsy, as you have to check the dates property-by-property. (It is not possible to do a blanket London-wide search, and the spaces do book up very quickly. I will have to be honest and say I got quite frustrated trying to book a room with them! Unfortunately, this is not uncommon when booking London aparthotels.) 

However, they offer the best price on their website. If not, you can write in and they’ll match what you’ve seen elsewhere.

2. The Cheval Collection

Photos courtesy of The Cheval Collection

For those looking for more convenience, The Cheval Collection is closer to the hotel side of the “apartment-hotel” spectrum, offering a slightly more luxurious experience.

Unlike many London hometels (another name for aparthotels), it allows residents to store luggage with them on the day of check-in and check-out. In addition, there is a 24/7 front office desk that will even place your online orders, such as grocery shopping, directly in your apartment! (The Cheval also has a service in which you can order breakfast items directly from them when making your reservation!) 

Too lazy to clean? Some residences offer a 5-day maid service. What more can one ask for from aparthotels in London?

If you’re not sure which of their properties to stay at, Cheval Three Quays boasts some of the best views you can get at an aparthotel. It’s located on the Thames, next to Tower Bridge and St. Katherines Docks. As with everything, the views come at a cost. I’ve booked with Cheval twice and, both times, Three Quays was the priciest of all the locations they offered.

3. Locke Aparthotels

Photos courtesy of Locke

From its website to its trendy interiors, yoga studios, and co-working spaces, Locke Aparthotels screams “young and hip.” The photos of their apartments look straight out of a Pinterest home decor account or interiors magazine.

Locke has six locations across London, spanning Kensington to Dalston. (Some, such as Kensington, offer on-site parking.) Different properties have different features and host different events, such as yoga nights or meditation classes, so check out the offerings and events calendar before booking. (For example, the Millennium Bridge property has yoga mats in each apartment whilst the Kensington location has a live band (as of September 2023))

Do note that the check-in time is slightly later than normal (4pm) but for the (in my opinion) very reasonable fee of £10, you can access your room earlier, from 2 pm.

4. Serviced Apartments by Cove 

Photos courtesy of Cove

Launched in 2021, Cove is actually by Eden, the same hospitality group behind Locke Aparthotels. 

Catering to both business and leisure travelers, its focus is on “flexible living.” You can see the business touch from the fact that Cove offers ergonomic seating as well as its choice of locations (generally concentrated in Covent Garden, East London, and Canary Wharf.) The Landmark Pinnacle, Canary Wharf building even has a roof terrace, winter garden, and sofa beds (in addition to the actual king-sized bed in the bedroom.) Small but important things that can take a serviced apartment stay from good to great.

Unfortunately, although Cove generally gets good reviews, the St Martin’s Covent Garden location has had a few, intermittent problems with check-in over the last two years.

5. The Apartments by 11 Cadogan Gardens

Photos courtesy of 11 Cadogan Gardens

If you’re looking for posh serviced apartments in London, The Apartments by 11 Cadogan Gardens just whispers luxury. From its prestigious address to its redbrick exterior and the stylish interiors, everything about the apartments feels like you’re in a Town & Country magazine. 

Located just off Sloane Square in Chelsea, 11 Cadogan Gardens started as a hotel before opening 6 serviced apartments. Each apartment occupies the entire floor of a terracotta brick Victorian townhouse (all have direct elevator access.) Residents enjoy housekeeping service once a week and access to all hotel facilities, including 24-hour room service plus access to the exclusive Cadogan Gardens. 

Note: The apartments are actually located at 20 Cadogan Gardens, not no. 11!

6. Citadines by Ascot Star Rewards

Photos courtesy of Ascott Star Rewards

For travelers who prefer the hotel-chain experience, Citadines is one of the most established businesses on this list. With city-center properties in over 50 cities, Citadines offers daily, weekly, and monthly rates. (The rates decrease the longer one stays.) 

It has recently undergone a refresh, with an emphasis on guests’ lifestyle needs Citadines staff, or “Citazens,” for example, now undergo barista training. Another great thing about Citadines is its accessibility policy (properties are accessible to those with reduced mobility.) In summer, the individually controlled air-conditioning thermostat at its Islington property is a great relief from the heat!

7. StayCity Aparthotels

Photos courtesy of StayCity

StayCity London offers “serviced apartments (that) are the perfect blend of home and hotel” with a 24/7 reception. They offer the option to switch a double bed for two singles in some of their properties.

Guests who join their loyalty club can enjoy 10% off their booking. If you stay for more than 7 nights you’ll get 20% off, or 30% for stays over 21 nights.

Note: StayCity Apartments Deptford Bridge has been known to cancel reservations very last minute. In addition, do note that towels are only changed once a week.

8. Space Apart Hotel

Photos courtesy of Space Apart Hotel via Flickr

Space Apart London is located in a Regency building next to London’s famous Hyde Park and the tube station. (Unlike the other brands on this list, it only has 1 property, which offers 30 rooms over six floors.) 

Despite being a period property, Space Apart has a lift and offers disabled access. It also has a kids-friendly policy, offering kids’ DVDs, Wii interactive, and computer games for younger guests.

On the other hand, it’s an older building and some of the rooms need a bit of maintenance, with issues such as badly-closing doors, broken air-conditioning units, and bad soundproofing.

9. Room2 Hammersmith Hometel

Photos courtesy of Room2 Hammersmith

If you’re visiting London on a budget, Room2 Hammersmith is worth checking out. 

As its studios are much smaller (ranging from 14 to 25 square meters), it costs less than half the price of the average property on this list! Despite its tiny size, each room still contains a kitchenette and the hometel also has nice touches like vegan toiletries and free culinary herbs in the communal garden.

Room2 is known for its emphasis on sustainability. All the electricity used at the Hammersmith location comes from renewable power. It even has a property in Chiswick that is 100% net zero!

Note: the check-in is not done at the hometel property, but a stone’s throw away at 109 Hammersmith Grove.

If you have any questions about these aparthotels in London, let me know in the comments section!

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Zhen fell in love with London when she first visited at the age of 4. After that, she was lucky to have the opportunity to live in UK for 11 years, 7 of which were spent in London. (She particularly adores the areas around Kensington, Southwark and Baker Street!) As someone who loves both food and travel – don’t we all? – you can find her sharing her Asian food recipes over at greedygirlgourmet.com.

2 Comments

  • Peg

    We’re renting a serviced apartment @ studio2let serviced apartments, Cartwright gardens in Bloomsbury. It was recommended by a friend who visits London 3/4 times a year. He likes it because King’s Cross and St Pancras stations are nearby

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