18. November 2019
London’s first mindfulness boutique hotel in Paddington W2 set across six Georgian townhouses has a heart for community, a head for life-enhancing hospitality and wellness wisdom to share
Inhabit Hotel always has the wellbeing of its guests, and the world at large, front of mind — from the lighter, brighter bedrooms and the intelligent tips on social media to the thoughtful nature-inspired artworks and the nourishing food and drink. The entrance on a quiet side street off a charming West London mews is a gentle welcome to a refreshing new way of spending time in the city. With its soothing spirit, Scandi-toned aesthetic and health-enhancing manifesto, Inhabit is ideal for busy solo business travellers as well as long-haul urban adventurers after comfort and calm. The 89 fresh, uplifting guestrooms — Sleeper, Standard, Standard Twin, Super, Family — have all you need and nothing that you don’t. Yeotown is the inviting open-to- all light-flooded café, serving highest-quality fair-trade coffee, cold-pressed organic juices and a healthy, plant-loving menu for guests and neighbours. This hotel speaks to all the senses, down to the soothing bespoke fragranced candles from Self Care Co., scented in a way that’s suited to day and evening, from a company which supports Don’t Just Stare, a mental health charities with 10% of its proceeds.
Wellness is at the heart of this new hotel brand. Inspired to create a restorative experience in a frenetic city, every aspect of the hotel is aligned with what being well means. Inhabit thinks of wellness as more than a physical state, but a way of being. Beyond a consideration of physical and mental wellbeing, the brand pillars include social connectedness, intellectual expansion and environmental responsibility.
Inhabit Hotels’ first home in W2 is dedicated to having you feel your best — while you’re staying, and long after you leave. The spaces have been designed to ensure you feel rested and restored from spending time here. The ground-floor Library gives residents a noise-free lounge where shelves are stacked with psychology, art and design books. The music throughout is in tune with the body’s natural rhythms and matched to the time of day. Art consultant Anne Trouillet Rogers of Culture A has curated textile, metal, painting, and photography works by emerging and established artists to complement the meditative mood throughout. Interior touches include Burma’s Kalinko Homewares and the Studio 306 cushions sourced from Aerende made by people recovering from and living with mental health illnesses. In the bathrooms, magnesium- and kelp-rich products from REN use sustainably sourced, bio-active ingredients.
From human health to environmental welfare, Inhabit has wellness front and centre. Not just a pretty space, leading minds from design, wellbeing and sustainability have been brought together, to create an urban sanctuary where guests leave well rested and set up to feel their best selves. Quality sleep is a priority (all too often overlooked by businesses essentially based on providing you with a bed for the night). This extends to Casper’s eco-friendly VOC-free mattresses made of natural organic materials such as wool and cotton. A meditation pod just off reception lets guests and visitors enjoy five- to six-minute-long guided sessions from positive psychology coach Mercedes Sieff, founder of Yeotown. In-room spa treatments such as aromatherapy massages and reflexology can also be booked. All the elements have been considered — maximising on natural light, eco-friendly air filtration systems from Airlabs in the public areas, still and sparkling filtered water systems on each floor for guests, fitness facilities such as Peleton indoor cycling and a Clearlight Infrared Sauna. With one of the world’s best-known green city spaces on their doorstep, Inhabit also encourages guests to get out in the open, providing maps for walkers and jogging guides for the parks in the area.
The architects Holland Harvey and interior designer Caitlin Henderson Design prioritised using materials honestly and in their natural state. During the building renovation, Globechain helped reduce waste for social and environmental impact: they diverted 273 items weighing a total of 2,934 kg from landfill. Award-winning social enterprise Goldfinger Factory produced some of the bespoke furniture such as tables and cabinets. Noteworthy exemplars of a circular economy and a company with a social purpose, their new Academy teaches carpentry and design skills to the disadvantaged and out of work in our area in London.
The term “consciousness” is about awareness and being in the moment, but for Inhabit it also connotes being more responsible when it comes to all that they do. It’s a given that you won’t see single-use plastic (say hello to Water Aid-supporting Belu bottled water and filtration systems dotted around the hotel built in collaboration with Belu). Experts in health of mind and body Mercedes and Simon Sieff are behind Yeotown Health Retreat in North Devon and the Yeotown Kitchen on Marylebone’s Chiltern Street. Together with Inhabit, they hope to awaken a higher consciousness in a way that other hotels haven’t. By partnering with food-wastage apps Karma and Too Good to Go, the cafe will host a Happy Hour when they share perfectly-edible bargains that would otherwise have been thrown out at the end of every day. (Wasted food accounts for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.)
Images: Tim Evan Cook