The fashionable London hotel One Aldwych has just done an unfashionable thing: opened a guest lounge. It's a private space for people staying at the hotel. Here's what it's not: a business centre, an executive floor, a bar, a lobby or a meeting facility. It turned out that guests wanted somewhere they could sit quietly and read without being pestered to buy something every few minutes.
It's a very cool space, with contemporary art and jaw-dropping art books chosen by Covent Garden neighbour Sir Paul Smith — as opposed to the dog-eared Monopoly sets and faded doilies we used to associate with the genre. And it set us thinking: where else can you find a good old-fashioned or newfangled guest lounge?
1 The Book Room
The Jefferson, Washington DC, USA.
2 Living Rooms
citizenM hotels (London, Amsterdam, Glasgow et al).
3 Le Salon Orange
Villa Marie, St Tropez, France.
4 The Library
Carlisle Bay, Antigua.
5 Lounge overlooking first tee
Scores Hotel, St Andrews, Scotland.
6 President's library and sitting rooms
Hacienda Zuleta, Imbabura Province, Ecuador.
7 Lounge at One
One Aldwych, London.