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“Good hotel but a bit too much style over substance”
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One Aldwych
Ranked #43 of 1,068 Hotels in London
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Edinburgh
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“Good hotel but a bit too much style over substance”
Reviewed 14 June 2010

This is a good hotel and the rooms are large and very clean and staff courteous and efficient.

To me it seems to be one of those trendy hotels where you are supposed to be seen in, there are a lot of designer touches and features in the rooms and public areas but to me a lot of them seem superfluous and there for the sake of it.

It is expensive though for what it is and there are hotels nearby where you can get all the same facilities and a clean and comfortable room for less money. It feel like you are paying the premium for designer touches which may look nice but don't really add much.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 June 2010

One Aldwych is a really good hotel. Excellent service, no hint of the usual anonimity of big five star properties, elegance, wonderful bar, perfect breakfast, good location, more so if you like to spend your nights in West End theatres.

Rooms are quite small but fine.

One Aldwych really has personality and shows a nice, elegant way to luxury, far from vulgar opulence.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 June 2010

I love this hotel. We have stayed here several times with our young daughter who is made extremely welcome. The service and facilities are what you would expect from a five star hotel. What makes it so special is the location and the wonderful bar which is elegant and lively. The breakfast is great too although expensive.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 4 June 2010

My partner and I stayed at this hotel for just one night (sadly) and had a great time. We both work and live in London so the location wasn't a big deal for us, but for someone visiting London this hotel is perfect - you're close to Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Charing Cross and of course many of the west end theatres.

Service at the hotel was just perfect and they seem to be aiming for "exceeding expectations" and they do. Service is friendly, helpful and generally faultless.

We had cocktails in their bar before dinner - would definitely recommend this - and they were lovely. Dinner was also great - we had dinner in the restaurant just above the bar and the food was very good. We had breakfast in our room the next morning and it was just as good.

The rooms are a good size and the bed was really comfortable. Great bathroom too.

We both left the hotel realising that the hotel had really delivered - there was nothing they could have done to make it any better. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 May 2010

I love this hotel.

I have stayed at One Aldwych on four or five occasions now - most recently whilst on holiday, but usually whilst on business in London.

What sets this hotel apart from any other I have stayed in throughout Europe is the quality of service. A good example: I left some shirts to be laundered. One of them came back with a small hole repaired.

Weather forecasts appear by the bed every evening, with bottles of water. Fresh towels and fresh fruit are delivered in the evening during the turnaround service. The concierge / bell boys and the receptionists go out of their way to welcome and remember you. They all seemed to remember my name; on my first visit they were apparently aware that I had just stepped off a transatlantic flight, and went out of their way to find an available room at 9am.

The location is excellent - just been the City / Holborn / law courts area and Covent Garden. The breakfast was good (beyond that I did not use their restaurants). There is a very lively and contemporary bar in the basement, which always seems to be popular and has a nice vibe. The swimming pool is small, but the spa and the gym are first class.

What perhaps lets this hotel down slightly is that the rooms are pretty small. That is perhaps inevitable in an old business, which has been converted as sympathetically as this one. However, the rooms are immaculate and beautifully appointed. The bed redefines comfortable and the bathrooms - always a good barometer for the quality of a hotel in my view - are spacious, with good quality toiletries and a modern aesthetic.

I am not prone to raving about 5 star hotels, which come with a certain level of expectation anyway. But this one at least serves to confirm that there are good hotels in London, with high quality service and which employ good staff

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2010

Stayed at One Aldwych for two nights in March. Hotel is a 5 - 10 min walk from Covent garden Tube station.

The hotel is excellently run with very polite and helpful staff.
The hotel is close to many theatres and restaurants and walking distance to many attractions.
The rooms are fairly small but clean and well appointed; breakfast was included in our pre paid rate of £250 per night, and was very good.
If paying for breakfast separately it could set you back about £50 per couple per morning.
The hotel comes with a good size swimming pool, with modern Gym, sauna and steam room.
In short this is a great hotel and having stayed next door at the Waldorf we would definitely rate One Aldwych a better choice of hotel and stay again next time were in London.

Enjoy!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2010

I have stayed here several times and I am always pleased with the service and rooms. The rooms are modern and small but very comfortable Great location in by Covent Garden makes it the best place to stay in London.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled on business
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Property: One Aldwych
Address: 1 Aldwych | Westminster Borough, London WC2B 4BZ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Covent Garden
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Business Hotel in London
#19 Spa Hotel in London
#23 Family Hotel in London
#27 Romantic Hotel in London
#43 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — One Aldwych 5*
Number of rooms: 105
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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