One singular sensation at One Aldwych
October 9, 2011
LONDON, UK- In all my world travels, there are few hotel properties I’ve visited where I wouldn’t change a thing. Even at the most fabulous and luxurious digs, there’s always a little something that rubs me the wrong way, be it the noise of an elevator, the lack of a gym, or the impersonality of service. One Aldwych in London’s Covent Garden is one of the few hotels I can say to unabashedly: “I love you just the way you are.”
The Strand-adjacent boutique is contemporary, with a vibe that lies at the intersection of technology and art. An art and sculpture collection of over 400 items is displayed throughout the modern, sleek space, and each room has at least one original work of art. The spacious rooms are also high-tech, with mist-free mirrors and televisions in the bathrooms, fiber optic reading lights by the bed, ample electrical outlets, complimentary Wi-Fi, and every possible digital gadget (satellite TV, DVD and CD players) for your entertainment pleasure.
But just because it’s museum-like and technology-savvy doesn’t mean One Aldwych is all hard corners. No. At its heart, the hotel is really a softie. The Frette linens and down duvets are just two fluffy examples. Fresh fruit and distinctive floral arrangements are delivered to your room daily. And I mean distinctive — these gorgeous blooms were changed daily, down to the blossom. Service is thoughtful (a slow delivery on room service led to a comp’ed breakfast), and rooms are cleaned twice daily.
There’s ample nourishment, too, at the hotel’s restaurants. Axis, the more formal choice, serves a modern British menu, while Indigo, the relaxed informal restaurant overlooking the Lobby Bar, has light and healthy options incorporating organic produce. The bright, atrium-style Lobby Bar is always hopping (even during the day) and offers a perfect setting for a business meeting.
My favorite indulgence at One Aldwych has to be the indoor pool: it’s an 18-meter, chlorine-free expanse of blue with underwater music. It’s such a novelty to immerse and hear tunes — you’ll feel like a dolphin, and your eyes won’t burn from chlorine. If you prefer fitness activities on dry land, there’s an 8,000-foot basement gym with Technogym equipment, personal trainers, a sauna, and steam room.
The attention to detail in every aspect of One Aldwych elevates the business-friendly boutique to something truly singular. Plus, when you’ve exhausted all the hotel has to offer, the busy Strand and Covent Garden are just outside the door! Oh, One Aldwych, don’t go changing…you couldn’t please me more.
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RL contributed to this post