This pub-cum-hotel is situated within the tennis mecca of Wimbledon in Greater London, tantalizingly close to the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon Common (a large park) and the shops on Wimbledon high street. It has a very English village-y feel – despite being only 15 minutes away from London’s bustling Waterloo station by train – and is likely to be a hit among those who like their hotel and travel experiences firmly betwixt a venn diagram of authentic and reasonably priced.
Greece was the locus of my first ever holiday as an adult and as such will always hold a special place in my heart. Back then I visited the island of Karpathos and proceeded to fall so head over heels in love with the Greek Islands that I now go back once every three years or so. This particular hotel review is from my last trip to the north-eastern part of the island of Crete, specifically in Vathi near the village of Agios Nikolaos and the leper colony island of Spinalonga.
I’m going to level with you and tell you right off the bat that this is not the gold standard of locations in Paris. The hotel website places it in Le Marais but that is perhaps a good 20 to 25 minute walk away. The neighbourhood has a very edgy, eclectic feel, which has its charms if you prefer your travel experiences to be as authentic as possible in a popular tourist destination. If I had to rate its proximity to the attractions people travel to Paris for I’d give it a solid 5 out of ten. It is however very close to the Place de la Republique metro station, and the Gare du Nord train station is not too far away either.
The Athenaeum is a boutique hotel, and as such trends towards the relatively smaller side – at least when you take other London hotels into consideration. Within spitting distance of Green Park (some rooms have a view of it), a stone’s throw away from Knightsbridge and its myriad of shopping opportunities, not too far from Hyde Park, a short walk to Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Marble Arch and Oxford Circus, The West End…my point is this is a hotel that’s very central. Not as central as say The Hotel Cafe Royal, mind, but central nonetheless.
The Le Roch Hotel & Spa is a boutique hotel and as such only has 32 rooms and 5 suites, giving it a very warm, cosy and intimate feel. You know how in some large hotels you feel like if you’ve seen one standard room you’ve seen them all, and not just in that particular hotel but across all the hotels under that brand? This is most definitely not the case here. I was shown 5 rooms on different floors – in addition to the one pictured throughout this piece that I stayed in – and each of them seemed unique in its own way. Yet they were all unified by a clean, minimalist design featuring Carrara marble, Moroccan zelliges and walnut flooring showcased by lots of natural lighting. The hotel also feels like a gateaway tucked away somewhere on the outskirts of Paris despite being at the heart of it.