A new hotel near London’s Paddington Station has everything the modern travelers requires, with none of what they don’t. Excess has been shelved in favour of necessity in The Pilgrm, London’s hottest new spot. We find out more.
Contemporary necessity at The Pilgrm
The modern traveler knows what they want out of a hotel, and it is often not the traditional trappings from years gone by. Social spaces, a local experience and state of the art technology all take precedence over minibars, doormen and trouser presses, and one London hotel is lauding the lack of these features instead of adhering to the old model. The Pilgrm hotel in London is “inspired by old world design and the glory of British craftsmanship” and “offers a refreshing break from the ordinary”. Emphasis across the common spaces of the hotel and its 73 rooms is squarely on timeless, quality features such as the 200 year old parquet flooring, industrially designed bathroom fittings and original light fixtures.
In an effort to maintain this old world charm, the team behind The Pilgrm scavenged sites around the country to source original elements that would have been found in Victorian properties, the era from which the restored hotel building dates. An elaborate timber staircase, heavy iron radiators and railings and a marble fireplace were among the bounty gathered by , who says, “We sourced materials that would have existed, as much as possible, from within that era. Taking the time to restore them and bring them back to life was very important to us.” He also added, “We don’t accept throwaway culture. We believe the materials we used help to tell a story, whether its passion for forgotten industry or a love of lost art.” The amalgamation of all of these elements, coupled with carefully selected furniture and tasteful interior design, makes The Pilgrm a sophisticated retreat from the madness of the city outside.
Essential choice and comfort
The Pilgrm knows its audience, and caters to them accordingly. The names of the rooms don’t involve doublespeak, and are marketed with handy tags that instantly communicate their size. “Bunk” rooms are ideal for sharing, so perfect for friends on a city break in London. “Small” have double beds and are sized for couples or individuals. “Medium” can accommodate two people comfortable, while “Large” are perfect for those requiring a bit more space to luxuriate in. All of the beds are fitted with organic cotton mattresses and bedding, and there is an absence of distractions, whether it be the lack of a TV in the bunk rooms or the minimal furnishings. Coffee is high on the menu, with two hallway coffee bars serving guests, and a public ground floor cafe servicing Londoners at large.
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