CHECK IT OUT THE HOSPITAL CLUB, LONDON
LONDON may be awash with new five-star hotels but few have guestrooms as quirky as those just opened at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden.
Established by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and musician David Stewart (one half of the Eurythmics) in 2004 to provide a creative home away from home for artists, designers, musicians and media types, the Hospital Club is opening its doors to nonmembers for the first time.
Fifteen new guestrooms have been unveiled on the third floor of this 18th-century former hospital building, each featuring works by local artists.
London design outfit Russell Sage Studio has focused on the 1970s, decking out each room with retro furniture and fixtures that include wood panelling and bespoke terrariums courtesy of artist Alyson Mowat. (The whole look is like Canberra’s very groovy Hotel Hotel.)
Guestrooms come in four sizes, ranging from cosy crash pads to suites featuring private terraces and separate lounge areas, and while the feel may be retro, all the latest gadgetry is here, including iPod docks, Roberts radios, large flat-screen televisions and free WiFi.
The usual five-star hotel accoutrements — room service and fancy unguents, in this case, covetable British brand REN — are complemented by more creative accessories such as “brain power tool kits”, quirky turndown messages, even an “erotic” minibar stocked by burlesque costumiers Holloway Smith Noir.
Guests have access to Club facilities including the TV studio, screening room, gallery and live performance space, and are invited to attend scheduled member events such as comedy nights and industry networking drinks parties.
But be aware that as a non-member you are allowed to sign in only one guest and cameras are a definite no-no.
The 7pm cocktail trolley that roams from room to room.
The second floor Club restaurant is popular with local foodies given its focus on seasonal British fare and sustainable produce.
MEATmarket, for great burgers and hot dogs (Jubilee Market Hall); Simpsons-in-theStrand — it’s hard to go past this legendary institution for a full English breakfast or traditional roast carved and served from a silver trolley.
own in-room bartender.
Book a suite and get your
Rooms from £180 ($350) but spot deals of £124 or $240 are available most weeks (see website). A deposit is required to secure reservations. More: thehospitalclub.com.
Soho House Berlin; Crosby Street Hotel, New York; Hotel Hotel, Canberra.