About San Domenico House

History, Eclectic, Luxury

Discover San Domenico House, an exquisite Chelsea townhouse hotel and a discreet ‘Secret Home’ to call your own.
A House that you will want to explore, a House that will excite and delight you, and forever charm you.

San Domenico House is probably one of the very last contemporary hotels in central London with such a storied heritage. To walk into the townhouse hotel is to experience a world which perfectly balances history and tradition, English eclectic design with a glamorous Italian ‘La Dolce Vita’ flair. It is a hotel with history but perfectly suited to the modern day.

The beautiful, entrancing red brick building was built circa 1887 as a private residence and remained so until the 1950’s. The Victorian style building encapsulates the changing times from a postwar London stately home through the 50’s, into the liberated creative culture of Chelsea’s swinging sixties, and later as separate apartments, before, finally in the 90’s it was restyled as a luxury boutique hotel.

A brief history of our luxury boutique hotel in Chelsea

Transformed originally into The Sloane Hotel by famed interior designer, Sue Rogers, who aimed to emulate the design of her home: a treasure trove of carefully sourced and curated antiques, paintings, and collectibles. The hotel space was then sold in 1999 to a tasteful French lady, Delphine Geron, whom embarked on an expansion into No.31 Draycott Place.
In 2005, the hotel was bought by the entrepreneurial and widely respected Italian family, Melpignano, as part of their luxury hotel portfolio. They have brought a contemporary, stylish European touch and charm to the hotel whilst staying true to the original story and traditions.

Each of the 19 bedrooms are individually designed and remain consistent with the original vision; walking into each room is to experience a mini masterpiece of its own, from four poster beds, sweeping pelmets, an eclectic mix of Royal portraits, lace fabric detailing, Victorian mirrors and panoramic views.
San Domenico is a world within a hotel – it is a curated story of its own. The hotel has welcomed profilic artists, designers, writers and leaders through its doors over the years – and speaks to anyone who desires a sense of unapologetic taste and style. It is quite simply a unique place which offers guests not just a ‘hotel’ stay but a ‘home’ to build memories.