REVIEW: One Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells
WHAT? Originally a brewery and school house, One Warwick Park is now the trendiest place to stay in sleepy Tunbridge Wells.
Clever architecture and painfully modern interior design has turned a series of unconnected structures into one unified building, where you can walk through well-decorated ‘tunnels’ and pretty, light-filled atriums.
WHERE? Just a few minutes from Tunbridge Wells train station, it sits next to the pretty Pantiles area of Kent – so you’re well placed for whimsical weekend walks or pounding the pavements in quaint local shopping areas.
WHY GO? About an hour out of London on the train, and not far from buzzing Brighton, it’s the perfect place for a weekend breather. We recommend spending Friday night in L’AMORE, the hotel’s excellent Italian restaurant (try the steak). Sip some champagne then catch up on sleep in the *huge* Hypnos bed, then on Saturday trek the surrounding countryside, have a picnic or head to Brighton seafront for a boogie.
Our Junior Suite was beautifully decorated, with a private corridor entrance overlooking the striking modern glass atrium and flashes of traditional period architecture in the cornicing, coving and ceiling rose.
Our bathroom was huge, with an awesome monsoon rain shower (which we managed to flood the entire bathroom with – you’ve been warned), massive bath (with speakers in the ceiling – imagine the new Frank Ocean album spilling out while you run the tap) and a beautiful double vanity unit. We’re still dreaming about the luxe-y Temple Spa products, too.
HOW MUCH? Executive rooms start at £110 per night.
ADDRESS: One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TA