One Aldwych became one of those hotels I had dropped into a number of times but never stayed at, and I always wondered what was beyond The Lobby Bar and the checkered lifts. In January I was invited to spend the night at the 5 star property in Covent Garden and I finally discovered what they’ve got going on.
Phil and I arrived on a cold January evening to a very warm welcome from the receptionist and luxury, creamy in-room chocolate treats. We spent the evening sipping on Champagne, munching popcorn and settling in to watch A Most Wanted Man in the hotel’s private screening room as part of the Film and Fizz night. Following the film we were whisked upstairs to Axis for a three course meal.
Our room was on the fifth floor and looked out to the Strand. It was snug, warm and thoroughly modern with a bathroom to die for. The room wasn’t huge but then that’s to be expected in central London and it was actually quite nice to have a cosy piece of the capital to ourselves for the weekend.
But on to more serious matters…
The bed was mega plush with big fluffy pillows and l’d of happily stayed in it all day and night but breakfast was calling so up I got.
Breakfast was in Axis and everything was brought to the table which I loved, even the juices and continental offerings which you normally help yourself to. There was no buffet (thank God) and you pick from a menu ensuring everything is fresh and cooked to order. I went for my usual Eggs Benedict (win) which I wolfed into and thoroughly enjoyed while Phil went for pastries and fruit. As an added treat we were given homemade Bircher muesli topped with fresh fruit. It was GLORIOUS. It was like a warm, morning, Swiss hug to set you up for the day. Just delicious. I have Eggs Benedict at every given opportunity but Bircher museli at One Adlwych is what you need to be eating. Forget the full breakfast, forget the cereal and the fruit, forget everything, and try this Swiss masterpiece.
Then sadly it was time to leave, the staycation was over.
There’s something very cosy yet modern about One Aldwych which in a way are quite conflicting ideas and one you don’t often see combined. It’s a city hotel with a great bar and cocktails drawing in the city crowd but equally it’s somewhere you’d have a great homely night’s sleep in really comforting surroundings. The hotel strikes the balance perfectly.
One thing I did notice that I wasn’t expecting was the very different experiences guests have visiting the hotel versus staying at it. One Aldwych has completely unique and creative Christmas trees each year, over the top and beautiful weekly flower displays, and serves a one in a million Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea, and although the room was perfect I was somewhat expecting it to be equally as original. But that being said if it was as flamboyant and creative in the bedrooms it might be a bit gimmicky and OTT. Who knows?
I love One Aldwych and it’s somewhere I’m going to return to again and again because there’s a feeling of success and creativity to it which I’m 100% about. In fact the flowers in the lobby are enough to draw me back because they’re so OTT and original I just want to see what the florists come up with every week. So with that in mind, see you very soon One Aldwych.
(I was a guest of One Aldwych)