After a GBP 4 million refurbishment, The Pilgrm Hotel offers a refreshing break from the ordinary. Set in four former townhouses it is located a one-minute walk from London's Paddington Station. Space may be at a premium in this hotel, but beautiful reclaimed fixtures and tempting food more than make up for the lack of elbow room.
Spartan-chic rooms come with carefully placed original period design elements, vintage lighting vintage design, a selection of books and magazines, real plants and original artwork. Room facilities include a flat-screen TV (except the smalles "Bunk" rooms), a Marshall speaker with smartphone connectivity, organic cotton mattresses, and a a laptop safe. The utilitarian shower rooms offer fixtures and fittings that contribute in equal measure to both mood and ambience. Some rooms overlook tranquil Norfolk Square, rooms at the front are more busy.
There is a neighbourhood cafe on the ground floor cafe (where check-in takes place) for coffee and pastries, and a first floor lounge offering all-day dining and signature cocktails.
• 73 rooms (7-14m2)
• Hotel opened: November 2017 (previously Royal Norfolk Hotel)
• Interiors: 93ft
• Bathroom amenities: REN
The DNA: The Pilgrm is an ode to old-world craftsmanship and heartfelt hospitality. A new beginning for 25 London Street (formerly The Royal Norfolk Hotel), from a collective of individuals (Jason Catifeoglou - formerly of the Zetter group and Andreas and Steph Thrasyvoulou of myhotel) who are simply driven by making something that was once beautiful, beautiful again. Like restoring the 200-year-old parquet flooring, the main staircase that took 300 man hours to restore, the royal blue tiles in the lobby inspired by originals found under layers of 1960s paint, lobby panelling from the mayor’s office in Derby, and brass wall lights from an old psychiatric hospital.
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