Inhabit Hotels is set to open its second property in London this autumn, following its debut in Paddington’s Southwick Street in 2019.
The new hotel is located within a series of Georgian townhouses in Paddington, a five minute walk from the namesake station and close to the business hub of Paddington Basin and the Grand Union Canal.
The hotel will feature 159 rooms and ten suites on its upper levels, and an expanded wellness area with treatment rooms and a yoga studio on the lower ground floor.
The hotel brand, which is part of the Design Hotels group, says that it is “growing its mission to create restorative, environmentally and socially conscious places to stay in the city”, and has partnered with over 20 social enterprises and small businesses who share a passion for wellness and commitment to sustainability.
Interiors by Holland Harvey Architects and Caitlin Henderson Design will fuse “contemporary Scandi inspiration and Eastern twists with quintessentially British design”.
Designers have worked with over 30 craftspeople and artists for the hotel’s interiors, which include bespoke joinery by Goldfinger, homeware by Kalinko in Myanmar, and cushions from Aerende which have been made by people recovering from and living with mental health illnesses.
Meanwhile art curators Culture A have worked with Somerset House Studios and Makerversity to source artworks by emerging and established artists which reflect the “meditative mood of the hotel”.
The wellness area will host a series of regular workshops, lectures and events, and daily activities such as vinyasa flow, yin yoga, Pilates and complimentary morning meditation classes. The gym will also feature a Peloton Bike, allowing guests to stream live classes from Peloton’s studio in New York, and the hotel plans to partner with Tokyo Bike to allow its guests to rent bikes and helmets to explore the city during their stay.
The brand’s Southwick Street property is currently aiming to acquire B Corps accreditation, which verifies that businesses balance profit and purpose. If successful, Inhabit says that this will make it the first hotel group in the UK to achieve this standard of corporate responsibility. It will also seek to get the accreditation for the new property.