We stayed here for a couple of days to take in one of the Proms Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and a night at the theatre.
Access couldn't be better - Sloane Square Station (Tube) is on the District and Circle lines and the regular buses from around the corner take you just about anywhere.
It is clear that a lot of time and effort has been put into making this a top-quality Hotel, even if the apparent lay-out (no restaurant.bar at the Hotel itself, but access to the next-door Cote Restaurant via a private door directly from Reception pretty much provides both of those).
The rooms themselves are accessed by meandering passageways - probably as a result of optimising room sizes while respecting the design of this old building.
We had a room at the back of the Hotel which was extremely well laid out, very modern and thoughtfully designed, with various elements which should be copied elsewhere (velcro to adhere curtains to the walls so that light coming into the room is minimised at night, two baskets mounted onto the bathroom wall for toiletries thus avoiding the perennial fight for space, and magnets in the shower curtain to prevent the curtain wrapping itself around you once the shower is on - obviously only works for enamel bath-tubs!).
Two improvements that might be considered though are some arrangement to cut out light penetrating from the bottom of doors and, unfortunately, we were in a room next to the service lift (presumably for delivery of meals to rooms), so on the first morning we were woken at an early hour by the door next to our room continually banging (supposed to be a locked fire door according to the label) - maybe suggest some form of insulation on the door frame to reduce the noise level?.
The only other element to spoil our visit was the unbelievable racket on both nights from our neighbour in the next room shouting at a friend in his room and the corridor until about 12:30, then again on his return from wherever he had been at 4:30 that morning - obviously there was nothing that could be done, but this and the banging service door meant that we could not award a top score of 5.
Of specific merit were the attitude of the Trainee (American?) woman on Reception and the high level of service of the bearded waiter in the Cote Restaurant who served us at breakfast - N.B.: The selection of meats and cheeses on the Continental Breakfast Buffet (it is possible to have either this or any kind of cooked breakfast included for free as part of the cost of the Room) looks minimal, but when the food is of such a high quality, it is worth it.
So, all in all, highly recommended, but next time we visit we will definitely ask to be kept away from ALL lifts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sloane Square was designed in 1771 and named after Sir Hans Sloane (1660 – 1753). The property has been a 4 star hotel since 1900. Chelsea has always been at the heart of fashionable London and became world famous during the 1960s as the centre of swinging London. In fact the Beatles frequently stayed in the hotel which was then called The Royal Court. In 2005/6 the hotel was completely renovated and reopened as Sloane Square Hotel. We are very proud to be an independent, privately owned hotel which reflects the individual character of the property and personal guest service. ... more less
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