The One Aldwych Hotel is a beautiful Edwardian boutique hotel with a delightful Parisian influence designed by Charles Mewes and Arthur Davis, whom also created the Ritz hotels in London and Paris. The architectural grandeur is a jewel within the area of Aldwych and the Strand. Featuring the coppered cupola dome, female head keystones, cornices, and balconies, the elegance of Paris is clearly evident.
I stayed in the Deluxe Room on the fifth floor, which offered a peaceful environment from the rapid pace of London, with soft muted pastel decor, hypnosis beds, a grohe shower that allowed you to select the exact temperature for your shower (as the temperature is clearly marked in degrees) and a perfectly sized bathtub. The Hypnosis bed allowed for the perfect nights sleep, from which I emerged truly refreshed. I was delighted to discover a glass plate of four Laduree French macaroons in four different exquisite flavours.
My moment of heightened indulgence was the signature Floral Ritual using Natura Bisse products. The level of relaxation reached within the 90 minute treatment was incomparable as the heavenly fragrance of roses surrounded me, allowing every muscle to surrender to the nurturing massage with the nourishing Amaranth Oil, rich in squalen, high in antioxidants and known for its moisturising, soothing and anti-inflammatory effects. On researching the amazing benefits of Amaranth oil, including strengthening the immune system, improvement of the circulatory system, I began to comprehend the amazing results from the treatment. Normally I opt for deep tissue massages, and other very deep and firm massages to release the tension from my back, neck and shoulders (one of the hazards from prolonged periods of writing), yet this very gentle massage with rose bud compresses and warm amaranth oil loosed all the tension from my shoulders in such a short period of time. The rose bud compresses provided more stimulation than the usual herbal compresses one traditionally experiences. The floral ritual signature massage has provided me with a metaphor for life, as I am truly amazed that the most gentle massage with the highly beneficial Amaranth Oil coaxed my shoulders into relaxing away the effects of hours (years) of writing at my computer, almost re-educating my body that nature (and life) may bring to me exactly what I need, yet this may happen in the most gentle manner (rather than pummelling my body to unlock the tension in my muscles).
The dining experience at Indigo Restaurant was a culinary adventure, exploring further vegetarian options. As I was seated on the Mezzine Balcony at The Indigo Restaurant, I was graced with views from One Aldwych Bar through the elaborate arched windows out onto the Aldwych/Strand Junction. I was both delighted and surprised to receive a vegetarian menu, allowing my selection process to be that much easier and swifter. I commenced my dining experience with Celeriac Soup with glazed salsify, and trompette de la mort. The creamy celeriac was greatly enhanced by the wonderful tangy taste of salsify, certainly one of the most wonderful culinary soup creations I have tasted. The tompette de la mort, also known as the horn of plenty, added je ne sais quoi, and a starter I recommend when visiting The Indigo Restaurant. For the main course I selected the Sweet Potato Pancakes with caramelised aubergine puree, vegetable skewers, cherry tomatoes, marinated chillies, khobz, dukkah and hummus. I was informed that the Sweet Potato Pancakes are a favourite choice for many people, and it was clear as to why, as I tasted the perfect contrast of sweet and tangy flavours with a little heat from the chilli peppers. The aubergine puree, khobz, dukkah and hummus provided a journey of taste exploration. For dessert I chose the European Cheese board, homemade chutney and crackers. Generous portions of Comte, Brie de Meaux, Epoisse and Roquefort with oatcake and Lavoche crackers created the perfect ending to a delightful meal.
One Aldwych Hotel uniquely weaves elegance, grace, architectual beauty, culinary genius, exclusive spa treatments, allowing a rebalancing of mind and body, and the full emergence of your Joie de Vivre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One Aldwych is an award-winning contemporary luxury hotel with a superb location in Covent Garden. Set in the heart of Theatreland, just moments away from the world-famous Royal Opera House and many of London's top attractions, this five-star hotel is perfectly placed for exploring the capital. Each of One Aldywch's 105 bedrooms and suites has been individually designed to provide the utmost in comfort and feature original works of art from the hotel's private collection. Guests are welcome to use The Health Club's stunning chlorine-free pool with underwater music and state-of-the-art gym during their stay. Indigo restaurant is popular with guests and locals alike and ideal for pre and post theatre suppers. Showcasing innovative and thoughtful food, courtesy of Executive Chef Dominic Teague, the Indigo menu incorporates the finest seasonal ingredients carefully sourced from the British Isles, and also happens to be entirely gluten and dairy-free. The Lobby Bar's inventive cocktails and afternoon tea inspired by Charlie & the Chocolate Factory are just some of the many other reasons that make a stay at One Aldywch so memorable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 1 Aldwych
- One Aldwych Hotel London
- One Aldwych London