Mid-week staycations are the ultimate luxury aren’t they? No washing up. No laundry. No deciding who’s going to cook. I mean, they don’t exactly happen very often in we normal beings' lives, but when they do, they are pure BLISS. Which is exactly what Artist Residence was when Ed and I stayed there last Tuesday. PURE BLISS. A little overnight luxury in West London...the bloody dream.
There are lots of ‘boutique hotels’ in London (in fact, it’s a term that’s tossed around all too easily), but Artist Residence is easily the most boutique of all of the ones I’ve stayed in. It’s just 10 rooms, each individually designed by different artists, and each with their own quirks — some with statement beds, some with exposed brick walls, and others with roll top baths and intricate Moroccan tilings. One of the rooms has a field gate for the bed’s headboard. Another has the most stunning herringbone parquet flooring. And one feels like a cosy alpine cabin with its homely wooden walls. You could stay in each of the different rooms and feel like you’re somewhere new each time.
We were in the Club Suite (plush!), which is one of the biggest rooms and one of the ones with a metal roll top bath tub. THE DREAM. Not just that, but it had a gigantic rainfall shower too (big enough for about 4 people), a leather sofa and armchairs, Nespresso machine, colourful modern art works e’vrywhere, and the biggest, plushest bed complete with velveteen headboard. V-E-R-Y D-R-E-A-M-Y
We arrived super late but couldn’t resist a quick cocktail in the basement bar, which is as well dressed as the rooms by the way, and has a sweet ass cocktail menu with all the cocktails named after works of art. I got the Mona Lisa!
Back upstairs, after lingering in the bath for as long as possible before we actually dissolved, we climbed in to that heavenly bed for the best night’s sleep in ages. Pimlico is so wonderfully quiet! I need to move to Pimlico (but maybe win the lottery first).
Of all the London hotels I’ve stayed at, Artist Residence is up there near the top of my favourites list, and if you like quirks and more intimate hotels, it’s absolutely perfect for you.
Artist Residence, 52 Cambridge Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 4QQ
Rooms start at £180 (not including brekkie)