11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea


High-end boutique hotel 11 Cadogan Gardens comprises four attached four-storey Victorian townhouses in a small street tucked away behind Sloane Square in west London. The internal remodelling of this grand old building was, on the surface, a tantalising proposition for hotels specialist ReardonSmith Architects.

However, the first extensive upgrade the building had seen for a number of years was to provide a series of surprises which would test the firm’s expertise. Client Cadogan Estates and new operator Luxury Hotel Partners decided that they wanted bigger guest rooms for a highly discerning, and high paying, clientele. This would enable the hotel to achieve revenue not possible with the currently largely small rooms. Not only that, some of the back of house provision was limiting and the client wanted to ensure that staff felt valued to help them provide a high standard of service.

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