London’s New Inhabit Hotel is a Paradigm of Conscious Hospitality
We’d have to admit straight away, that our trips to London have usually tended towards record buying, bar hopping around Camden and Shoreditch, and shopping for young designers not easily found Stateside. We can generally count on hangovers, as well as breaking-the-budget financial hangovers.
But an intriguing new hotel in Blighty’s capital is promising a significantly more zen experience – which might just be exactly what’s needed when returning to the UK after sixteen months of pandemic induced fear, anxiety and travel restrictions. Indeed, the Inhabit Hotel (a member of the exalted Design Hotels group) has every inch tried to infuse a sense of serenity within its walls. In fact, it may just represent a whole new paradigm of conscious hospitality.
Spread over six connected Grade II listed Georgian buildings (renovated by Holland Harvey Architects) in untrendy Paddington, it boasts 88 rooms and Green Key Certification for environmental responsibility. Designer Caitlin Henderson has also gone a long way towards fostering precisely the sort of residential feel that is the hallmark of London’s best “townhouse” hotels – especially embodied in the peaceful, ground floor library, with its elegant oak flooring, soothing color schemes, and collection of art and design focused books.
Interiors throughout are a particularly urbane version of rustic chic, with furnishings by Hans Wegner, GamFratesi for Gubi, and EOOS for Carl Hansen & So. Nature inspired artworks come courtesy of Amsterdam curators Culture A.
The hotel has also implemented an impressive series of community engagement initiatives – meaning you can feel very good about undertaking a stay here. To wit, a partnership with Women in Travel that supports the economic empowerment of marginalized women; commission of furniture by Goldfinger, which teaches carpentry to the disadvantaged, using reclaimed and sustainable materials; and original screen-printed textiles created by those living with mental illness, via Studio 306.
Inhabit is also very much mindful of its guests’ physical and mental well being, with daily yoga and meditation classes, a meditation pod, bicycles for borrow, and an in-house gym with Clearlight infrared sauna. And opting out of the trendster craft cocktail bar stakes, the hotel instead offers a health-focused, Scandinavian styled kitchen, with a plant-centric menu from neighboring Yeotown, as well as grab-and-go coffee and cold pressed juices.
Of course, if you prefer scenestery spots like the Standard and the EDITION, this is probably not your place to stay. But for those seeking a definitively more tranquil yet still culturally aware experience, Inhabit is quite likely about to launch a whole new hospitality trend.