Project name: Belmond Cadogan Hotel

Location: London

Date completed: March 2019

Architect: Blair Associates

Interior Designer: The G.A Group

Hotel Group/ Developer: Belmond

Arranged over five guest room levels, most rooms enjoy a free-standing bath, a double vanity and an enclosed WC and shower along with walk-in wardrobes. Many of the rooms also feature ornate plaster cast ceilings and original fireplaces that have been restored to their former glory.

The intricate details involved in every stage of the design use the Cadogan’s rich past to shape it’s future. The hotel’s 54 rooms and suites provide a stylish retreat in the heart of the city, with spacious rooms that are a little ‘house’ in themselves; many have views over Cadogan Place Gardens and offer spacious living rooms with working fireplaces and dining areas as well as large bathrooms with deep freestanding baths and a specially designed champagne and book holder for some ‘me time’.

The design draws inspiration from the neighbourhood’s unmistakeable character and its namesake, Sir Hans Sloane, a renowned adventurer. The hotel’s Sloane Street address became known as a place with a unifying theme of artistic expression, creativity, independence and progressive thinking, with the hotel providing a discreet social hub for the area. The G.A Groups renovation of this project plays with the hotels iconic location and history to create design that brings a sense of unexpected relevance and harmony.

Peering through the Sloane Street doors, a newly installed grand wooden staircase can be seen sweeping through the sunlit lobby of the hotel providing an enticing backdrop to the concierge desk and framing the entrance to the tea lounge beyond. On the walls, the original timber panelling has been recreated and painted to freshen and contemporise the space, and a working gas fireplace in its original form has been restored in the reception so guests can arrive on a cold evening and be greeted by a roaring fire. To one side, a hand-carved wooden reception desk, bespoke designed by the G.A Group, is one of the more traditional looking pieces in the ground floor lobby and took the artisans a total of 12 weeks to complete. To bring balance to this and the ornate architecture of the building, pared back, contemporary light fittings have been chosen, such as the oversized chandelier hanging above the desk and the Kevin Reilly lanterns. Behind the desk, an oil painting by Simon Casson depicts key moments in Sloane’s life.