Art’otel London Battersea & rooftop pool
Created by a group of art collectors and designed, the hotel lives up to its name, grabbing you with its carefully considered colour palettes and bold art pieces as soon as you step through the doors. It has a light and bright feel and two stylish bars and restaurants offering imaginative European cuisine, and there’s plenty to do nearby if you tire of the pool.
Art lovers, foodies, Europhiles, influencers, couples, singles, fun loving types and anyone looking for a stylish South London base.
Not your traditional spa, more of a designer wellness space, Art’otel has a sauna, steam room, well-equipped gym and two treatment rooms, one a double. You can have treatments in your room by arrangement too. The area feels very spacious by London hotel standards and is light and bright, dotted with playful art. Therapists offer a range of signature treatments by PROVERB and organic Pinks Boutique and will make sure you’re waxed, manied and pedied to perfection for your dip in that infinity pool, and any associated Insta pics, obvs. The swimming pool’s heated, and big enough to do lengths in, albeit 10m ones. And the roof top bar serves cocktails to the pool and surrounding loungers. Treatments can be booked ahead via the hotel’s app, as can pool slots.
We haven’t tried any treatments here yet, but we’re fans of PROVERB and Pinks Organic and look forward to experiencing a treatment soon. And our keen spa eyes also spotted lovely Ishga products on display, so we’re watching this space…
There are 164 rooms at Art’otel Battersea, each one of them carefully designed with cool colours, curved lines and a generally arty vibe. Beds are comfy and some of the rooms are seriously spacious.
wining & dining
Art’otel has two restaurants – Joia on the 15th floor with floor to ceiling views of everyone’s favourite power station, and it’s own stylish bar. And Tozi Grand Café on the ground floor serving coffee, cocktails, Venetian-inspired pasta and ciccetti alongside its original contemporary tapestries. Both restaurants are stylish and, artsy, but Joia’s view and sense of space takes the designer dining experience to the next level. And its Iberian-inspired cuisine and cocktails are equally tasty.
why so spavellous?
Do you really need to ask? Er, the pool! It’s been a while since a pool this exciting and Instagrammable has made a splash. And everything about the place is beautiful and makes you feel kind of beautiful too, especially as it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Then there’s the food, convenience (Battersea Power Station 2.0 has its own tube station, which was news to us) and the place is surrounded by new shops, places to eat and general design excellence.
Book soon and visit before the place fills up with posing influencers keen to have their moment in the 16th floor sun. And leave your car at home.
It’s a bit early to say, but we’re guessing they’re not going to be disappointed.
1 Electric Boulevard, Nine Elms, London SW11 8BJ