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One Warwick Park: Slick and modern in the historic, royal town of Tunbridge Wells

June 24, 2017

Hotels & SpasLifestyle | by Baldwin Ho


Royal Tunbridge Wells is one of only three towns in the United Kingdom to have been given the privilege of using the ‘Royal’ title in front of its name. For such a distinguished spa town, their hotel facilities have sadly been lacking until now. One Warwick Park is the hotel destination of choice if you want to visit this picturesque part of the country. It has converted old red-brick Victoria houses, which were formerly a brewery and a school house, into a contemporary, stylish accommodation space with thirty-nine rooms and suites along with an art gallery, restaurant and event spaces.

It is within a short walking distance to the historic Pantiles with their fine Georgian colonnade filled with upmarket coffee shops and delis. Despite the historic nature of the area and the facade of the hotel, you will find one of the most advanced and up-to-date hotels in this part of Kent.

The minimalist reception area has just the right amount of muted-palette, soft, plush furnishings. The dark-wood wall panelling and slick stone tiling along with the monochrome artwork on display all whisper quiet sophistication.

One Warwick Park’s deluxe rooms are sheer bliss; it starts with their outrageously dreamy HYPNOS super-king bed. You will come back home a new man after a night’s sleep on one of these beds and probably look into buying one for your own home. The silken curtains, sleek walnut furniture and the pastel shades of grey all make for a refined stay. All rooms come with complimentary refreshments and complimentary WiFi whilst the suite rooms include restored period features that highlight the history of the buildings.

The bathroom must be singled out for special praise with its spacious design (you could even fit a bed into this space). Monsoon rain showers and luxurious, accommodating oval-shaped bathtubs are complemented with toiletries from Temple Spa.

They have cleverly designed their restaurant, L’AMORE so that they have an additional separate entrance directly from the high street and they have bravely created a modern Italian menu rather than attempted a typical hotel-type menu where they try to match a variety of cuisines in the hope of pleasing their broad spectrum of guests. Flavours were generally very well-matched with mussels paired with nduja sausage, shallots, garlic and chilli whilst baked aubergine parmigiana came with tomatoes, Parmesan, mozzarella, basil and pangrattato. Some dishes didn’t work like the slow-braised beef short rib which was overly chewy and there was little of the truffle flavour coming through in the mash, but on the whole, dishes were more of a success than not.

Rooms start from just £150 and include overnight stay, breakfast for two plus afternoon tea on the day of arrival or departure. For bookings, click here.