When writing about such an appealing property, it's always difficult to decide what to highlight first. As a privately-owned, 105-room accommodation and member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World, One Aldwych lives up to its reputation for unique design and unpretentious/dedicated service.
The sleek and contemporary rooms are tastefully adorned in crisp colors, Frette linens and upscale furnishings. Measuring 250 square-feet, the entry level quarters are cozy. But, the special touches (e.g., original art, daily fresh fruit/flower delivery, bathroom mini-TVs, free wireless internet access) definitely compensate for the diminutive size. Larger room options are available for a few more British pounds.
One Aldwych's fitness center and spa earn high marks as well. Hardwood floors and bright colors welcome all sweat fiends, as do the many first rate machines. Choose your cardio poison among the sparkling Technogym treads, bikes, rowers and ellipticals. Strength aficionados are blessed with multiple options as well, including ten Cybex machines, dumbbells weighing up to 32 kilos (approx. 70 lbs.) and free weights. Access is granted 24/7, but late night sweaters can obtain a special card from the front desk after 10pm. Headphones and towels are provided along with chilled water and fruit.
Although the 18-meter water box is described as a "lap pool" on the hotel's website, the absence of lane lines and/or bottom stripes will be a challenge for those wanting to swim to and fro in a straight line. Therefore, those swimmers wanting to accrue significant yardage should look elsewhere because this wet option is not a true lapper. However, for a little entertainment, you can submerge yourself and listen to the tunes played on the underwater stereo speakers, now that's cool!
Others can pay a fee to sweat here. There is convenient access to hotel from the Victoria embankment and Convent Garden theaters.