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Hotel review: Sloane Place

Sloane Place is a gorgeous retreat in a fabulous London location; homely yet luxurious, it’s the perfect West End base.

I travelled in March and stayed in a suite, which starts from £385.26 bed and breakfast. Rooms start from £183.26.

Address

Sloane Place
60 Lower Sloane Street
Chelsea
London
SW1W 8BP

Contact

T: 0203 928 0700
W: sloaneplace.com

Overview

Sloane Place is a 27-room hotel adjoined to the private members’ club, Sloane Club, which is steeped in history. The club was set up in 1922 as the Service Women’s Club, welcoming serving and former female officers of the armed forces in WWII. Then it was known as The Helena Club and later gentleman were allowed.

The creation of the hotel gives non-members an insight into the Club’s foundation. If you are not a member you can still benefit from the plush postcode for 24 hours, by hiring a hotel room with high-speed internet, a comfortable desk and complimentary water, tea and coffee from £50 per day.

If you decide to stay over, you’ll have a restorative night’s sleep in one of their comfortable Hypnos beds. The hotel has a very decent restaurant and inviting café-cum-bar with an imaginative signature drinks menu that includes hot beverages, such as the dirty matcha, and inventive cocktails.

It’s ideally located in a picturesque part of London, a few minutes’ walk to Sloane Square tube and close to the artsy Duke of York Square, home of the Saatchi Gallery. There are a plethora of tasty options for food outlets nearby and the famed Kings Road is a stone’s throw away; that’s not forgetting Sloane Square of course, with boutique shops for well-known salubrious brands and the go-to for many items: Peter Jones.

Décor and vibe

The hotel’s façade sets the characterful scene: a five-storey Victorian red brick building in-keeping with the plush neighbourhood. As you walk through the doors, however, you encounter a more modern finish, with a light and breezy reception equipped with smiling, welcoming staff.

The large open-plan café bar, which welcomes guests and locals for brunch, lunch or coffee, is gorgeous. Doused in natural light from the large windows, splashes of teal furnishings, earthy parquet flooring and comfortable leather upholstered chairs, it is instantly inviting.

The hotel hosts regular live music evenings in the beautiful art-deco basement bar The Hideaway, with its quirky sage green hexagonal print tiled floor, colourful velvet upholstered chairs and zesty orange bar stools. The circular chandelier ceiling lights are a nice touch. too.

Services and facilities

  • Room service
  • Laundry

Rooms (and suites)

From golden yellow upholstery in the headboards to elegant bolster cushions and brilliant blue scatter cushions, from neutral wood to cool greys and off-white walls, the rooms have a calm feel with splashes of warmth.

All rooms have comfortable, contemporary writing desks and the bathrooms tout walk-in showers and fragrant Noble Island amenities if in the cosy, classic or double rooms, or Molton Brown toiletries in the Chelsea twin rooms and suites.

The spacious suite has a separate living area which makes you feel immediately at home, with floral paintings and hanging plants to add a natural touch. It’s certainly a suitable retreat to come back to after a hectic day of shopping or a plush place to return to, post-meetings.

Food and drink

The restaurant is a collection of cosy tables and the waiters are very attentive and eager to give advice on dishes. I kicked off with a delicious zingy zero-proof cocktail ‘winter’s cure’, a sumptuous blend of Seedlip Grove alcohol-free spirit, orange juice, honey, turmeric and lemonade.

The all-day menu is extensive, traversing the world in flavour from Cornwall to Austria to Thailand. Wanting something light I opted for a starter of yellowfin tuna fillet tataki with truffle dressing and wakame; it was exceptionally delicate in texture and packed a punch in flavour.

For my main I chose the aromatic Javanese lemongrass chicken soup, a hearty clean bowl of baby bok choy, beansprouts, shimeji mushrooms, tomato, chicken and egg noodles – a wonderfully flavoursome warming dish. Other options include the native lobster and tiger prawn burger and wiener schnitzel. The latter was a big hit at the table beside us.

Breakfast has classic continental, full English and eggs ‘all ways’ but also some contemporary healthy options such as the açaí bowl with organic jumbo oats, homemade nutty granola, banana, strawberry and chia seeds.

I really enjoyed the selection of signature drinks, such as the golden milk: your choice of milk with honey, turmeric and cinnamon, and speciality lattes from chai to rose.

More information

For more information and bookings, visit the hotel website at sloaneplace.com

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