The domed 1907 headquarters of the Morning Post,imperialist and ultra-conservative, is now home to this high-quality boutique hotel with two restaurants (one of which serves Basque gourmet); a double-tall, sculpture-filled lobby cocktail lounge; and a theatrically lit underground swimming pool where the printing presses were once housed. Rooms are mildly contemporary but frankly, for the price point, need some updates; some sneak a view of the Thames and others admire the Lyceum Theatre. The rooms are no longer quite up-to-date, but you hardly notice because the staff is five-star, usually meeting guests’ needs without being asked, and the location feels impossibly considerate, too: steps from Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square, a walk down Strand to St Paul’s, and a brief stroll over the Waterloo Bridge to the glories of Southbank. This well-kept secret is a favorite of those in the know.
1 Aldwych, WC2
Our Rating Neighborhood Covent Garden Transportation Tube: Covent Garden or Temple Phone 020/7300-1000 Prices From £400 double Amenities 2 restaurants;cocktail bar;indoor pool;gym;spa treatments;free Wi-Fi. Units 105 units URL http://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/one-aldwych.html?aid=1254987&label=frommers-hotelpage-deeplink Web site One Aldwych
Map1 Aldwych, WC2 London
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