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Seven of the best hotel lounges

Mark Jones
03 August 2013

A guest lounge is an underrated addition to the modern hotel, says Mark Jones, as he rounds up seven of the best

The fashionable London hotel One Aldwych has just done an unfashionable thing: opened a guest lounge. It's a private space for people staying at the hotel. Here's what it's not: a business centre, an executive floor, a bar, a lobby or a meeting facility. It turned out that guests wanted somewhere they could sit quietly and read without being pestered to buy something every few minutes.

It's a very cool space, with contemporary art and jaw-dropping art books chosen by Covent Garden neighbour Sir Paul Smith — as opposed to the dog-eared Monopoly sets and faded doilies we used to associate with the genre. And it set us thinking: where else can you find a good old-fashioned or newfangled guest lounge?

1 The Book Room
The Jefferson, Washington DC, USA.
jeffersondc.com

2 Living Rooms
citizenM hotels (London, Amsterdam, Glasgow et al).
citizenm.com

3 Le Salon Orange
Villa Marie, St Tropez, France.
villamarie.fr

4 The Library
Carlisle Bay, Antigua.
campbellgrayhotels.com

5 Lounge overlooking first tee
Scores Hotel, St Andrews, Scotland.
bestwestern.co.uk

6 President's library and sitting rooms
Hacienda Zuleta, Imbabura Province, Ecuador.
zuleta.com

7 Lounge at One
One Aldwych, London.
onealdwych.com

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