London’s revered Sloane Club now has 27-room hotel open to non-members – Inspector approves (mostly)
- The Sloane Club near Sloane Square in London will be 100 years old next year
- It now has a hotel open to non-members – “with a contemporary twist”
- The inspector checks into one of the hotel’s double rooms – paying £ 190
The Sloane Club is a venerable institution (its 100th anniversary is in 2022) near Sloane Square in London that still believes in lambrequins and sane shoes.
Not state of the art, in other words, but popular with its members, many of whom come from the counties for an evening at the theater and then a visit to the dentist in the morning.
With little fanfare, the club was acquired in 2017 by the Queensway hotel company, which launched Sloane Place next door, a 27-room hotel open to non-members, with a contemporary twist.
Sloane Place is a 27-room hotel open to the public that is part of the venerable Sloane Club
The hotel has a bar in the basement (pictured) and a restaurant on the ground floor “with banquettes, woodwork, exposed pipes and the kind of muzak that would provoke a mutiny in the ship- mother next door “
Presumably, the idea is to appeal to a younger audience, hence the bar in the basement and the restaurant on the ground floor with benches, woodwork, exposed plumbing and the kind of muzak that would provoke a mutiny in the mothership next door.
In fact, what happened is that these 27 rooms were separated from the Sloane Club but still share some public spaces, including the roof terrace, where members and non-members can order drinks. and food from a menu similar to Sloane’s. The restaurant of the place.
There is also an impressive central staircase which is shared – worth using rather than taking the elevator.
Sloane Place offers double rooms from £ 170. Inspector says room prices are what you would expect to pay in the area
The inspector appreciates the atmosphere of the restaurant “after the lights are dim” and says the food is “awesome”
Sloane Place, 62 Lower Sloane St, London, SW1W 8BP.
Phone. : 020 3928 0700, sloaneplace.com. Doubles from £ 170.
I’m in a Chelsea Double, paying £ 190 without breakfast. Sounds terribly safe and horribly expensive, but then, can you find something cheaper here?
There is nothing very contemporary, other than a modern mirror and artwork above the bed. The bathroom is so small that it is almost impossible to take a shower without pressing the controls.
We enjoy the atmosphere of the restaurant once the lights are dimmed. Superb Caesar salad and perfectly cooked lamb chops at prices in line with the region.
It’s lively at breakfast. I suspect some members of the Sloane Club might have drifted for their fry.
There is confusion at the checkout. I stand by the entrance, looking lost until a member of staff finally asks me to walk to the main reception of the Sloane Club. It gives me a chance to spot the difference between the two – not much.
The new owners of the Sloane Club have clearly given long and serious thought to consolidating its future finances. Establishing a new source of income seems like a smart idea.