11 Cadogan Gardens
Unveiled in the heart of Chelsea, London, 11 Cadogan Gardens is a beautiful boutique hotel offering guests a quintessentially English experience and a stunning stay.
Luxurious and magnificent, the hotel’s 56 guest rooms and suites are stylish, comfortable and memorable, allowing guests to indulge and relax. Individuality is a key concept with no two rooms alike. Staying options for guests include the Sloane Suite, Cadogan Suite, Signature Suite, Junior Suite, Deluxe room and Superior room.
A thorough refurbishment project on the hotel began onsite in January 2015 and was finalised in April this year. Responsible for the architectural aspects was award-winning global leader in hotel and resort design, ReardonSmith Architects.
Premier Hospitality caught up with Gary Kellett, Design Associate at ReardonSmith Architects, to discuss the project. According to Gary:
“We encountered some difficulty because the property includes four very old buildings. Once we started the internal demolition we soon discovered that there were quite a lot of underlying issues with the existing structure, and these needed to be identified and rectified before moving forward.
“Light touch interventions had been carried out along the way in the past and we had to strip all of this back and reinstate it as a brand new install, hence it took a lot longer than anticipated. Also, we were dealing with a live operating hotel – so it was very difficult to covertly coordinate the work whilst there were guests using the hotel.
“Working in a live hotel environment was definitely the biggest challenge we faced – we didn’t want it to feel as if there was any building work going on and we wanted to keep the disruption as minimal as possible.”
Displaying a very eclectic look, the interiors have maintained a similar quirky fashion as the former spaces however now with a new lease of life. The new lighting and carpets make it clear that the space has been reinvigorated; however certain elements have been retained.
Plush Arabescato marble features on the walls of the en-suite bathrooms, with Black Pearl granite inlay on the floors, adding to the striking design of the bathrooms.
The bedroom areas are adorned with silk wallpapers and soft coloured drapery with a calm tone and palette, enlivened by punches of brightly coloured soft furnishings.
Some of the existing suites display deep reds and more moody designs as opposed to the new softer palettes; these have been refurbished to freshen up the finishes and detailing.
With a stylishly sultry cocktail bar, floral-themed drawing room and a cosy library, 11 Cadogan Gardens presents the opportunity for an unforgettable visit.
“The feedback from guests has been absolutely fantastic and the hotel is buzzing, which is great. From the employees’ point of view, the new staff quarters that we created have made an immense difference and this is all-important in supporting the five star level of service front-of-house. Previously the back-of-house areas weren’t sufficient. However they are now vastly improved and the transformation in the staff members as a result is incredible!”
“The project was challenging and quite complex but I think we can all be proud of what has been achieved.”
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They recently worked on 11 Cadogan Gardens where they supplied and installed two large glass monopitch rooflights over the main staircases, designed and made bespoke for the requirements. The rooflight was included to allow light to flood into the area below, but it also features opening sections for ventilation combined with a fully automated comfort control system to allow the automatic opening and closing of vents for the enhancement of comfort for occupants.
Glenn added: “We are very proud to be part of the refurbishment project at 11 Cadogan Gardens, and are pleased that our products are benefiting the occupants of this prestigious building by bringing natural light into their residence. We were confident of our abilities, design, manufacture and installations capabilities and are very pleased to have been able to demonstrate this in all areas and ensure a successful installation and finished product.”