Artist Residence London
Where I took a bubble bath and slept for 7+ hours. Something I haven't done for a while.
This past week has been insane, I was stucked in the fortress of textbooks, lecture notes and essays. Damn finals week, you're finally over. As much as I would like to stay in my apartment after all the studying, re-watch Sex and the City, listen to Beatles and eat a few packs of dark chocolate, I packed my suitcase and checked in at a tiny retreat tucked away in the streets of Pimlico. I was there for work, but thankfully, it felt more like a cozy getaway. A working holiday, I'd like to say.
Artist Residence, a townhouse hotel with only 10 rooms. But don't let the small entryway fool you, the minute you walk in, you'll see something special, it sure has quite a characteristic Stunning in decoration, efficient in service, and probably the best hotel breakfast I've ever had for a while, there's nothing more I would wish for, really. As for location, it is set in the middle of Belgravia and Chelsea. If the weather is alright, I would reckon taking a stroll all the way to King's Road, Duke of York Square, or even Sloane street for some beautiful boutiques. I personally really love the lounge area, where I catch up emails and drink tea before I start the day. The atmosphere of the lounge is so working friendly. I guess the only cons of the hotel would be its narrow staircases, it can be bit inconvenient if you come with large suitcases.
現在的我，完全沈浸在即將要返家的喜悅中，與前一個星期的沒日沒夜簡直是天壤之別。上個星期，正是最忙碌的期末週，每天都和筆記、課本和論文為伍。在繳交完這學期最重要的功課後，又立刻打包行李，前往位於雀兒喜區附近的 Artist Residence 為隔天一早的攝影工作準備。雖然說是工作，但是這迷你美麗的小旅館，卻讓人感到特別溫馨，多了幾分小度假的感覺，真好。
將倫敦住宅區常見的並排矮房進行翻修，整個旅館只有少少的十間房。不過，別被那小小的入口給騙了，走進來會感受到完全不一樣的氛圍，完全別有洞天。不管是裝潢和擺設都看得出他們的用心，重要的是，在這裏，並沒有因為要講求設計而犧牲了一間客房該有的基本功能和流線規劃，可見他們在這方面肯定下了功夫，細心琢磨。離旅館最近的車站是 Victoria，以地域性來說，這裏離倫敦南區有名的 Chelsea 非常的近，到佈滿精美店鋪的King's Road 和 Duke of York Squre 走路約十五分鐘的距離，或是想到 Sloane Street 逛逛精品走路也是可以的。另外，最讓我驚豔的絕對是他們的早餐，不只選擇多元，品質和份量都拿捏得非常好，服務也很有效率。如果一定要雞蛋裡挑骨頭，那就是這間旅館是沒有電梯的，樓梯也略嫌窄小，行李要是多了點，可能會覺得不太方便。
The room I stayed in is covered with wooden flooring and bits of brick walls. I'm always attracted to these vintage/loft style interiors, perhaps because my own apartment is something rather different. I was even feeling a little sad when I checked out out the next morning. Though oftentimes its easy for people to dismiss the beautiful hotels in the city they live in, I think finding a special hotel in your city is very important. It can be a secret 24 hours getaway, a place you stay temporary offline, away from the all the hustle. And its safe to say that the Artist Residence is going to stay in my London getaway list. :)
聽櫃檯人員說，他們這裡的十間房的佈置都不太一樣。我下榻的這間，是偏暖色系的，溫潤的木頭地板和磚牆，再加上些許斑駁的仿復古木質傢俱，是很有故事性、很時髦的 loft 風格啊（笑）或許是因為和自己公寓的感覺很不同，所以特別令人著迷吧。旅館雖然不比家裡讓人安心舒服，但遇上了合適自己的氛圍，離開的時候還是會有點不捨。說真的，在自己居住的城市裡住旅館是很少有的事，要不是因為這次工作的關係，我自己也不太會有這樣的機會。不過在這次短短的二十四小時經驗中，我發現，在疲憊壓力大但又走不開的情況下，可以到像這樣的地方短暫的休息放空，也是能替生活增添另一種樂趣呢！
Artist Residence 52 Cambridge Street London UK SW1V 4QQ