In the hustle and bustle of London, it’s hard to find a suitable hotel for your needs – especially a central one. That is not to say there aren’t many, but the expense and spaciousness is usually what worries the traveller in London. Not only are the hotels atrociously priced, but the sizes of the rooms are sometimes too tight and in some cases plain unliveable. However, one hotel has managed to create the perfect package with value, space, design and a central location all taken into consideration- One Aldwych.
Located in the center of London steps away from Covent Garden hugging the Theatre Land of the West End, One Aldwych is a hotel that serves the most in its platter in this side of the city. It is aptly situation in a fork in the streets of Aldwych, which makes its unique shape a sight to see for all London visitors and residents. Sitting in the the lavish lobby by itself is a London experience – it offers two large window views of two streets with double decker buses and black cabs passing at all times while you enjoy one of their signature cocktails (So well-mixed, it serves as the perfect launchpad for your night out!). The lobby is meticulously decorated with international art pieces and designer furniture.
Located on a loft overlooking the lobby (and these amazing views we talked about) is Indigo restaurant. A small restaurant with a wide selection of dishes, from succulent steals to smoked salmon. With its relaxed and informal atmosphere, the restaurant serves as the perfect place for an early dinner. In fact, given its proximity to Theatre Land, it is a very suitable place to have a meal before hitting the shows with friends. (Thank you Krizstian for the amazing service!)
The hotel also has a very cozy lounge on the ground floor that can serve as a great place to have meetings. Sectioned in accordance to needs, the place is carefully decorated to service guests with coffee table books peppering the tables and shelves. Paul Smith picked these books and has been known to frequent the place, since his offices are close. iPads for guests are available, just ask for them (another reason to travel light).
The rooms are spacious for a central London design hotel. While being in the middle of the metropolis, the rooms are insulated in a way that deters the outside sounds from coming in. The room is filled with all needed amenities, including a bathtub with a view and a small TV in the bathrooms (in case you don’t want to miss anything from the array of TV Channels available). The bed are remarkably comfortable with a great choice in linens for the sheets.
Everything aside, the real eye-grabber is the pool. Located in The Health Club is a 18 meter pool with some startlingly amazing features including soft mood lighting, chlorine-free water, a projecter and, last bust not least, an underwater music system. Yes, you can swim and listen to beautiful moody sounds without headphones and only when you dip in! This is a first for us here at Flight965.com and we sure took our time to examine this unique facility. Also, it is safe to mention that The Health Club is a full-option spa with some of the best masseurs in the city. A 60-minute sessions will ease out all the tension built up for being in a city like London. Plus, the gym is right there whenever you need it.
If you are going to London, One Aldwych is a must-visit. Even if you are not staying there, the facilities it encompasses make for a great day trip. The hotel is equipped with everything to make your stay in London fantastic. Also, don’t forget to try out the pool!
Special Thanks to Howard for making the stay amazing!