When One Aldwych opened in London’s Covent Garden neighborhood back in 1998, it set the benchmark in contemporary luxury with its striking design and warm, professional service. Now, two decades later, the hotel refurbishment will raise the bar in hotel interiors by showcasing an imaginative use of space, color and materials. 

Leading British designer Robert Angell has been appointed to redesign the guest rooms and suites. The interiors will be richly layered, sophisticated and textured to evoke the style of an elegant, modern residence. The latest user-friendly technology will be introduced throughout. There will be 86 rooms and 16 stunning suites, including four new one-bedroom suites. 

The hotel’s landmark building was created by Anglo-French architects Mewès and Davis in 1907 for The Morning Post newspaper. Inspired by its Edwardian elegance, London-based Fabled Studio has been appointed to reimagine the public spaces, including the iconic lobby bar, hotel entrance, reception, Indigo restaurant and private event spaces. 

Simon Hirst, the hotel’s opening General Manager for 10 years, has returned as Managing Director to oversee the renovation after four years at Raffles Hotel Singapore. 

“When the hotel first opened its doors 20 years ago, its striking design and exemplary service levels set the standard for others to follow," he says. "It has stood the test of time beautifully, but tastes and expectations have changed.

"Now is the right moment to update the hotel, to create superbly comfortable, modern sophisticated rooms and once again set the benchmark in hotel design.”

The multi-million-pound project will begin in October, with the hotel remaining open until mid-January 2019 before an expected reopening of mid-March 2019.