One Aldwych London

1 Aldwych, London, England, WC2B 4RH

Price from: £204

One Aldwych - lobby

By Nigel Tisdall, your London expert

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#26 of 80
expert-rated hotels in London
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Location:
4.7
4.7
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
4.6
4.6
Public areas:
4.7
4.7
Leisure facilities:
4.9
4.9
Service:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of One Aldwych London

A calm and beautiful hotel in the heart of London.

One Aldwych is a beautiful hotel, a former newspaper office built in 1907 by the architects of the Ritz. Here external flourishes give on to a coolly dramatic interior, as you approach reception via the spacious, high-ceilinged Lobby Bar, with its sprinkling of unusual double-height chairs.

Location: 

Just to the south of Covent Garden, One Aldwych is in easy reach of the West End theatres, the Royal Opera House and the shops and street entertainers of Covent Garden Piazza. Located at the end of a grand crescent, the hotel looks over the traffic-choked Strand straight along Waterloo Bridge to the South Bank. Several Underground stations are in easy walking distance.

Bedrooms: 

All rooms have Frette linen, original art on the walls, fresh flowers, and complimentary fruit and bottled water. There are mist-free mirrors and mini-TVs in the bathrooms. You can get a free shoeshine too. The Deluxe Suites always grab headlines with their private gyms - the rooftop terrace of Suite 500, almost invisible from below, is especially lovely - but I think the most romantic rooms are the stack of round Studio Suites in the hotel’s corner tower overlooking Waterloo Bridge.

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Public areas: 

The Lobby Bar is a towering space, resplendent with shiny white walls and limestone floor, giant chairs in the vast arched roadside windows and a sculpture of a rower with the blades of his oars hovering way above your head. The actual reception seems almost shy in the face of all this splendour, tucked away around the corner.

Eating and drinking: 

In addition to sipping the fine cocktails at the Lobby Bar (nearly two dozen martinis alone), you can watch others do so from the mezzanine restaurant Indigo, which serves brunch and meals throughout the day. There’s also modern British food at the more formal Axis restaurant, overlooked by the Rotunda Bar, as well as hot drinks, pastries and juice at the Cinnamon espresso bar.

Leisure facilities: 

There’s a rather smart 30-seater screening room and, in the very foundations, a 18-metre ‘infinity’ swimming pool that has classical music piped in underwater. One level up from the pool, is the health club with Technogym machines, steam room and sauna, personal trainers and treatments.

Service: 

Smart and formal (albeit scandalously hatless at the door), but approachable and well-informed about London events.

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Who stays there: 

Guests tend towards the more grown-up end of the scale, with the hotel quiet and calm rather than boisterous and cutting-edge. Perfect if you’re taking in a show.

Pros: 
Large and beautiful suites
Stunning main bar
Great leisure facilities (pool, spa, screening room)
Cons: 
Can feel a bit serious-minded
Standard rooms not large for the price

More information on One Aldwych London:

Price from:
£204
Type:
Hotel
Address:
1 Aldwych, London, England, WC2B 4RH
Amenities:
Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
Covent Garden

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