By Katie Wilson
In the heart of Chelsea, just a few minutes’ walk from Sloane Square, the King’s Road and the Saatchi Gallery, you’ll find Sloane Place.
This boutique hotel is brand new, having opened its doors in late 2021, but the building itself has a rich 100-year history.
Originally a members club which is still there today, Sloane Club was founded in 1922 by Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Helena. Not just any members’ club, it was exclusively set up for women who served in the forces. Way ahead of it’s time, men were not allowed to step foot inside it until the 1960s.
These days it’s still an exclusive Chelsea members’ club, but non-members can get a taste of the high life by booking a room or dining at their Sloane Place Restaurant.
There is also a basement cocktail bar called The Hideaway and a Roof Terrace which will be ready in time for summer. Here’s what happened when we checked in for the night.
A short walk from Sloane Square station, look for the emerald green awnings and you’ll arrive at Sloane Place hotel.
The first thing you notice, aside from the five-storey red brick building, is the Parisian style seating wrapped around the outside, which is perfect for an alfresco drink and a spot of people-watching.
Inside there is a stylish reception area where the main focal point is a light feature that reminded us of a huge ladies’ hat one might wear at Ascot.
Friendly staff greeted us straight away and we were surprised to find we had been upgraded from a Chelsea Double room to a Suite. Covid conscious guests who would prefer minimal contact can check in online a few days before should they prefer.
STYLE AND INTERIORS
As with many west London hotels, the interiors are quintessentially British – particularly in the adjoining Sloane Club which we were lucky enough to sneak a little peek in.
The huge sweeping staircase leading up to the rooms remains traditional with wrought iron railings, chandelier lights and huge paintings depicting former women’s club members.
Although the new side of the building is more contemporary, there is a 1920s theme running throughout.
Think vintage headboards, dark wood furniture and hanging mirrors in the bedrooms, plus an Art Deco-style restaurant and bar downstairs.
There are 27 luxurious rooms at Sloane Place ranging from smaller Cosy and Classic rooms to Chelsea Doubles and Suites. The latter come with a separate living area.
We stayed in one of the spacious suites on the fifth floor. This is also where you will find The Roof Terrace.
The colour palette in the rooms is dark blue and mustard and furnishings feel cosy and comfy, from the velvet sofas to the king-size beds you’ll have trouble getting out of.
Our room had a huge walk-in wardrobe area, which would be especially great if you were in London for a longer stay. While the bathroom had a huge bath tub, double sinks and Molton Brown toiletries.
FOOD AND DRINK
After a drink in the room, we headed back down to the first floor for dinner in Sloane Place Restaurant. An all-day dining spot, it is open to guests and locals alike for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The menu is a mix of European and South-East Asian flavours from chefs Bernhard Mayer, formerly of The Savoy and Four Seasons Park Lane, and Maryono Maryono.
For starters we tried the fool-proof Burrata with cherry tomato compote (£13.50). We were also fans of the Aromatic Coconut Yellow Curry (£19), served with either corn-fed chicken or tiger prawns, and the Yellowfin Tuna Steak (£24).
If you only order one thing here, make it the one of their Signature Bao Buns, which start from £6 each or £16 to share a selection. We loved the Crispy Hoisin Duck.
Too stuffed to try pudding, we wandered downstairs to The Hideaway cocktail bar in the basement for a nightcap. Signature drinks include The Sloane Queen and Negroni Sour.
The next morning we decided to have breakfast in the room and we have to say it was one of the best we’ve ever had. The coffee and orange juice was next level. The same can be said for the Poached Eggs and Crushed Avocado on toast. Everything arrived still warm – which doesn’t always happen with room service – and delicious.
The Roof Terrace was getting an upgrade when we visited, but we popped up to see the space and it looked incredible. As well as being available for guests in the summer months, it can also be hired out for private events.
A big extra here is of course the historic Sloane Club on the right side of the hotel, which offers drinks and fine dining, co-working and meeting spaces, plus events for members.
Sloane Place hotel is ideally located for a stay in west London, with some of the best sights, shops, bars and restaurants in Chelsea on your doorstep. As the breakfast went down so well, we’re already planning to come back for a weekend brunch.
Rooms start from £200 a night
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