EXCLUSIVE: London’s One Aldwych Is For The Stylish, Artistic & Cool Jetsetter

BY WENDY HUNG

 

Sleek. Stylish. Artistic. Contemporary. Luxury. These are just a few adjectives adequately sum up One Aldwych – the ultimate modern staycation experience for today’s travelers dashing through England’s capital. In midst of a hustling London often besieged by tourists from all over the world, One Aldwych delivers unique luxury that combines sophistication, history and heaps of comfort.

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Situated at the entrance of lively Covent Garden, the Edwardian-style One Aldwych is a treat for history buffs who look for stories beneath London’s concrete jungle. Although the hotel opened its polished doors in 1998, the building itself was The Morning Post newspaper office back in early 1900’s when Sir Winston Churchill was a former employee.

As one of the few independent hotels in London, One Aldwych is thoroughly reflective of its artful neighborhood. Surrounded by famous theaters showcasing the latest plays and musicals, this five-star establishment partners with theater companies in the neighborhood to provide its guests with easy access to artistic experiences.

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General Manager, Kostas Sfaltos, believes that such services differentiate One Aldwych from numerous new hotels emerged into London’s hospitality scene during the last ten years:

We cater to many families, with multiple generations. There are different neighborhoods rising in London. So it’s important that we make ourselves known in this area that we call home. We claim our space by utilizing the great connections we’ve made with the theaters around us, and give our guests an experience that truly reflects the heart of the Covent Garden creative culture.

Besides the approximately 400 artworks elegantly displayed on its dapper walls featuring artists such as: Cecilia Vargas, Emily Young and Justine Smith; One Aldwych’s 105 rooms cater to the style and demands of today’s travelers. London may be a big city, but most recent hotels feature petite rooms, lacking space. Even a standard Aldwych Room welcomes guests with plenty of floor space, and a sleek design punctuating maximum comfort infused with understated luxury. From stunning circular Studio Suites to the enormous Executive Suites, One Aldwych makes a peaceful home away from home amid the bustling Covent Garden.

Fancy dining privately under a stunning coppered dome? Or indulge in a sumptuous breakfast on a Covent Garden terrace? You got it! One Aldwych has plenty of options for the thirsty jetsetter yearning for a tasty cocktail at The Lobby Bar, or an informal but superb meal at Indigo restaurant that highlights a dairy and gluten-free menu, utilizing fresh ingredients from the British Isles. Another upscale option is Eneko Restaurant where chef Eneko Atxa’s instills Basque country cuisine with an innovative approach.

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A truly delightful hotel stay is never complete without shimmering amenities that, in this case, includes a 30-seat private cinema. In addition to a fully equipped gym, and a spa spotlighting British skincare brand, OSKIA; every guest would be missing out without a dip in its state-of-the-art chlorine-free pool. This treasure trove is an attraction all on its own, with an underwater music system that uses zero harsh chemicals. Swimming a lap has never felt more carefree, and unexpectedly melodic.

There’s no doubt that here is a city embodying modern takes on century-old traditions. Today’s London may be masked by quick rises of contemporary amenities, but few have stood the test of time. In the heart of Covent Garden is an upscale essential bestowing the cool and the stylish. We know that’s who you are.

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