A collaboration between three great names in hotels, At Sloane brings the finest in hospitality and design to a prominent address in London.
Just off Chelsea’s Sloane Square and within moments of Sloane Street and King’s Road, London’s newest boutique hotel At Sloane takes over the 1889, Edwin Thomas Hall built structure at 1 Sloane Gardens. The work of world-renowned hotelier Jean-Louis Costes and the 300-year-old Cadogan Estate, the lavish new hotel opens after a six-year renovation project in which revered designer Francois-Joseph Graf led the transformation of this storied site.
Reflecting the forces behind its creation, At Sloane strikes a balance between its Chelsea identity and Parisian style. Behind the site’s historic façade, the entirely remodeled interiors now pair intricate interior décor, from stained glass windows and ceiling cornices to wooden wall panelling, with artistic detailing, rich textiles and an eclectic collection of objets d’art. The work of British and French artisans runs throughout every corner of the property.
In the lobby, decorative light fittings hang from a ceiling that’s painted to depict a stormy sky. Antique furnishings meet patterned flooring and Greek vases feature alongside a curated library. William Morris wallpaper then runs up the stair walls also decorated with black and white photography to just 30 guest rooms and suites. Distinguished by their ‘Anglo-Asian’ aesthetic, the hotel’s guest rooms pair antique furnishings with modern touches like Music switch controls in grand space featuring walk-in wardrobes and mosaic-tiled bathrooms.
The ground floor, also accessible by a separate street entrance on Holbein Place, features a low-lit speakeasy, serving cocktails like the Mezcaloma and La Citrouille, while the sixth floor—a new addition to the original structure—is home to an intricately decorated restaurant where the interiors are inspired by the ‘Peacock Room’ created in 1876 by Whistler. Candles and vases fill the shelves lining the walls of this light filled space overlooking the surrounding streets and also featuring a cupola that’s in keeping with the original architecture.
As atmospheric as the cocktail bar on the ground floor, the sixth-floor restaurant at the hotel provides an intimate dining spot where a Parisian and internationally inspired menu of dishes includes highlights like caramelised aubergine with burrata, Tom Yum black halibut and a spicy lobster pasta. For hotel guests, this is also where breakfast is served, with both healthy and indulgent plates offered a la carte alongside excellent coffee.
At Sloane is ultimately designed to feel like a lavish residence here at the heart of Chelsea. Commenting on the opening, Hugh Seaborn, chief
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