THE STAFFORD LONDON UNVEILS HISTORIC REDESIGN OF CARRIAGE HOUSE SUITES
The Stafford London and Champalimaud Design
Create a New Story for a Different Generation
The Stafford London, a luxury five‐star boutique hotel, and award-winning firm, Champalimaud Design, unveil the highly‐anticipated multi‐million‐pound redesign of the hotel’s historic Carriage House Suites. The design team, led by internationally renowned designer Alexandra Champalimaud, has created an eclectic take on the hotel’s British heritage with designs that capture the luxurious spirit and contemporary elegance of a glamourous country look.
Separate from the main hotel and set within the historic 380‐year‐old Grade II listed building, which was once the former stables of British nobleman and politician, Lord Francis Godolphin, the Carriage House Suites serve as a chic and private oasis, offering guests understated opulence overlooking a quiet, cobbled courtyard right in the heart of London’s most elegant and regal neighborhoods.
The 11 impeccably‐styled suites capture the adventurous and humorous style of internationally renowned designer, Alexandra Champalimaud, who has envisioned a captivating take on the hotel’s unique British heritage. Drawing inspiration from the quirkiness and individuality found in English homes, each suite portrays the essence of Britishness in a luxurious and contemporary way.
The layout of the new suites is designed to optimize the feeling of space and to provide a sense of a home away from home. With the overall emphasis on comfort and cozy features, the walls are decorated with a stunning mix of contemporary artwork and fine craftsmanship and eclectic touches abound. Custom mirrors, whimsical wall coverings, layered textures and prints, quality furnishings and signature pieces are just the beginning. A mixture of tile, stone and colour plays to the senses to create an English home atmosphere. The focal point of each room is the tall oversized headboards, finished in an artisan fabric, and the wall coverings behind them that have a beautiful, brush stroke texture that gives them a hand‐made quality. Some of the suites feature fireplaces, romantic four‐poster beds, original hay hoists and managers as well as historic timbers from wrecked ‘Man O’War’ fighting ships.
Plush five‐fixture bathrooms with generous double wash basins, deep‐soaking tubs and separate sleek glass shower enclosures, with chic black and white marble mosaic flooring were added to the suites along with spacious walk‐in dressing rooms tailored with minibars. Other luxury touches include heated towel racks and fine English toiletries formulated exclusively for The Stafford London.
Champalimaud also transformed the hotel’s famed Guv’nors Suite, now called The Gatehouse. Opening in May, the suite is located adjacent to the Carriage Houses and has been created as a two‐bedroom, multi‐level townhouse that is bookable as a one‐bedroom junior suite, a two‐story suite (with dining area) or as the full three‐level townhouse, all connected by a private lift. This private retreat in the middle of London has its own design scheme that is softer, more feminine and delicate than the Carriage House as the building is from a different era. The rooms incorporate soft velvets layered with bold patterns to attract a significant amount of light and beautiful small scale prints, found on the draperies and furniture materials, are scattered throughout the space.
“This is a proud day in the history of The Stafford,” said the hotel’s General Manager, Stuart Procter. “The heritage of our Carriage Houses has been honored and updated for the modern day, with timeless touches that are sure to continue the suites’ legacy of being some of the most luxurious accommodations in all of London. We are excited to welcome guests to experience this landmark new chapter in the life of the hotel.”
“The Stafford has an extraordinary story to tell that is different from other luxury hotels in London ‐ and the Carriage House rooms play a very big role in that story. These rooms as we conceived them were not to be heavy or stereotype in their design, tedious or too historic in nature, even laden with too much fact; our design, although entirely fitting looks forward with freshness and humour. We have been careful to tell the story magically, bringing the very Britishness and spirit of what is so special about this charming place to life,” stated Alexandra Champalimaud, Founder of Champalimaud.