“Experience a healthier hotel stay at Inhabit Queen’s Gardens in Bayswater.” Inhabit
Inhabit hotels has expanded its London portfolio with the opening of a new property in Bayswater. Like its sister property in Southwick Street, Paddington that opened in 2019, Inhabit Queen’s Gardens is a boutique hotel with Scandi influenced design, sustainability and wellness at its core.
The hotel, which is part of Design Hotels, has a sense of calm from the moment you step inside the large front door. The stylish, minimalist design and nature inspired colour palette make it a peaceful and inviting space akin to arriving at a wellness studio. First impressions are good as you enter into a communal space that acts as a lounge, reception area and library on one side and has an open-plan restaurant on the other.
The comfortable space has plenty of seating and bespoke furniture from sustainable brand Goldfinger and Kalinko Homewares made by Burmese artisans in Myanmar. The majority of the hotel’s design choices are from independent brands with their own story such as the Aerende cushions that are made by people living or recovering from mental health illnesses.
Concerted from series of mid-19th century townhouses, Inhabit Queen’s Gardens offers 158 rooms of varying styles and sizes. There’s seven room categories ranging from the Sleeper for one person to the Family that sleeps four. We stayed in a spacious Cosy Twin with a modern bathroom that featured a black crittal-style shower cubicle and a pastel coloured concrete sink. The on-trend terrazzo floor was custom made by Granby Rock using recycled marble from the original building. The extremely comfortable beds had Natural Mat mattresses and underbed storage and a safe. There was also exposed hanging space, numerous shelves, a desk & chair, full length mirror and a large TV hidden behind sliding wooden doors.
The well-designed room had contemporary light wood furniture and was decorated with restful colours. All guests are encouraged to turn off heating/air-con when they leave the room to conserve energy. The blurb for this room promised ‘Eastern zen philosophies and Scandinavian notions of hygge’ and if that translates to comfortable offering a great night’s sleep then it was spot on!
Sustainability is a key factor at Inhabit so room amenities are offered from like minded brands. Products offered included the colourfully packaged, eco-friendly Who Gives a Crap toilet paper and tissues, organic and vegan refillable bath and skincare products from Skandinavisk and a Self Care Co. reed diffuser. A carafe of filtered water is provided in every room which can be refilled at the Belu filtration station by the lift, something that is replicated on every floor. Tea and coffee making facilities are also provided at every water station bucking the old trend of kettles in every room.
Dining options are provided in a culinary collaboration with Yeotown, a health retreat based in Devon. As the hotel has just recently opened they are currently only serving breakfast until 11am and drinks throughout the day. Once fully operational the meat-free restaurant will offer a Californian inspired menu that’s free from dairy and refined sugars.
Inhale at Inhabit, the subterranean wellness centre, offers Gaia treatments. There’s a daily schedule of yoga and Pilates sessions as well as complimentary guided meditation and a gym with fitness equipment and a Peloton.
The hotel is committed to elevating social enterprises with well thought out partnerships as well as working with emerging makers and creators to give them a place to showcase their work. A large textural art piece by Annemette Beck greets you in reception, one of the many nature-inspired installations hung throughout the property. Bespoke art pieces, photographs and ceramics can also be found in the corridors and bedrooms. The hotel is working towards B Corps certification, an award given to companies who achieve high social and environmental performance.
I really enjoyed staying at Inhabit and would highly recommend a stay here if you like boutique hotels and are happy to stay in the Bayswater area. Paddington station is only a short 6-8 minute walk away with the Heathrow Express, Bakerloo and District line underground services and mainline services with National Rail.
The Nitty Gritty
Inhabit Queen’s Gardens, 1-2 Queen’s Gardens, Bayswater, London. W2 3BA
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7298 9800
Check-out: 12 noon
New well-designed boutique hotel with sustainable features
Extremely comfortable bed
Good location within walking distance of Paddington Station (Heathrow Express train goes from this station to terminals 2, 3 and 5)
Late check out available ( I was given until 2pm but it’s dependant on availability)
Free fast wifi
The Not so Good…..
I was not offered the bespoke Aromatherapy scent at check-in that’s mentioned on their website
I did not receive the Inhabit Sleep Kit
Limited dining options in proximity of the hotel
I travelled from Abu Dhabi to London with Etihad Airways. I booked the hotel via Booking.com
All views are my own based on my experience. Unless otherwise stated all photos © Jo Brett 2022. All rights reserved. One additional photo used with courtesy of www.instagram.com/inhabit_hotels/