Last week saw us headed to Londinium for a special personal treat; my sister lives in Kent, I live in Dorset, and we really don’t meet often enough. but once a year we DO something. We get out of the house, meet somewhere and spoil ourselves – sort of an annual sisterfest. We did it once to celebrate her birthday, and loved it so much we’ve made it an annual thing. Only this year was different – we were invited to a Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity Review, so we invited the boys along too, making it a long-overdue double date.
Unbeknown to me, my sister has never enjoyed a grown up city break before; as they live in Kent, they can easily get home after a night in the city (unlike my Dorset self who would have to leave at the interval if I wish to make the last train home to the West Country. Overnight hotel stays are pretty much a necessity for us any time we want to see a show in London).
So when I told her that we were invited to be guests of the Wilde Aparthotel on the Strand she was a little bit excited.
For me it was a first in an aparthotel – they’re a new concept; hotel reception service, but your room will have facilities for self-catering. Generally they’re a little cheaper than a hotel for the same level of luxury stay; and when you’re staying in a big city there’s no need to cook for yourself if you don’t wish to (but it’s astonishingly good to have that option if you so wish.
So – what are they? Wilde Aparthotels is Staycity’s new premium brand, and just perfect for those looking for something a bit different. Honestly – if you fancy an aparthotel with luxury, style, elegance, creativity and originality, then Wilde Aparthotels, Covent Garden, located on The Strand, London, is for you.
The entrance to the Aparthotel is small and insignificant – it’s what’s behind the narrow reception hallway to the lifts which will impress you. Once inside the door you feel as though you’re in an ultra-stylish and contemporary hotel, and that feeling remains throughout your stay (there are also rooms in the basement without windows for those who love the silence and peace of absolute dark. I didn’t fancy it, but mr LittleStuff really really did).
It’s actually a tricky place to define and describe, actually – because despite the luxury bathroom and heavenly bedding you expect from a decent hotel, you also get a dishwasher, a toaster and saucepans!
But everywhere there is quirky and super-clever design. I loved that the rooms were so small – and yet felt more than roomy, and everything had a neatly designed place. Think Nespresso machines, Hypnos mattresses and Grohe rainfall showers – plus guest smart phones (totally free to use to get around the city), a gramophone speaker for your phone, touch-panel controls for your curtains and blinds and of course those spectacular views down the Strand.
Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity Review
We were on the 5th floor – if you get the chance do request a corner room. My sister was across the hall, and we peeked at her room first – a ‘Wilde Studio’ we all marvelled at the cleverness of the use of space with the platform bed.
Then we entered our room (Room 505) and oohed with happy. we go the corner room, y’see. which means floor-to-ceiling curved glass wrapping around 2/3 of the outside wall. When we arrived the sun was starting to set, and the view and the light was SPECTACULAR.
It’s amazing to fall asleep with the blinds and curtains open to enjoy the night view of the city. Although when you wake, stretch lazily in the amazing bed and decide to take in that view in the morning light, you ARE in full view of those walking on the street below… #oops.
The difference between our two rooms was merely the 4m2 of floor space – all rooms have king sized beds, a kitchenette, and a fab bathroom. We just had that amazing corner window thrown in!
We honestly loved everything about the Wilde Aparthotels; all my favourite bits about a hotel (come on, we all tick the boxes; fabulous bed linen on a perfect mattress, plus a great shower) were there, along with my favourite bits about renting a holiday property (fancy appliances, swish tech, someone else gets to clean it). And if that weren’t enough, you’re less than a ten minute stroll from Covent Garden, and all that the West End offers.
We had a pre-theatre dinner at the Boulevard Brasserie, and then went on to watch The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre. We rounded out the evening at my favourite Gin Palace at the Strand Palace Hotel . In the morning we walked round to the Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden for an amazing breakfast before heading off to our respective train stations.