An Inspector Calls: The soulless atmosphere and modern decor at One Warwick Park in Tunbridge Wells is strangely corporate

  • One Warwick Park in Tunbridge Wells was converted from three buildings
  • The decor is modern but feels very corporate and the restaurant is soulless
  • Staff are polite and rooms are comfortable but it’s best for businessmen

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There’s been a lot of excitement about the opening of One Warwick Park in Tunbridge Wells.

A huge sum of money has gone into converting three separate buildings, one of which was the former Brew House hotel.

The problem is that, for all that expense, it remains three separate buildings, albeit two of them joined by a tunnel that doubles as an art gallery.

A huge sum of money has gone into converting three separate buildings, one of which was the former Brew House hotel, into One Warwick Park

A huge sum of money has gone into converting three separate buildings, one of which was the former Brew House hotel, into One Warwick Park

The reception area is cut off from the bar, the bar is cut off from the restaurant and the gallery is plain cut off.

Style is traditional modern — or, more to the point, safe modern. Which means it’s a notch up from a business-class airport lounge. Everything is spanking new. Shiny, but strangely corporate.

Our room on a Monday night (a bargain at £85 B&B and we are upgraded) is spacious with a comfortable Hypnos mattress.

There are no pictures on the restful cream walls and a big effort has gone into the lighting. The bathroom works well, with its walk-in shower, Grohe taps and Duravit basin. There’s a terrace outside, which is overlooked.

We want so much to love this place, not least because the staff are tirelessly polite. But there just isn’t much in the way of atmosphere. 

The hotel in Tunbridge Wells is comfortable but The Inspector found the restaurant soulless

The hotel in Tunbridge Wells is comfortable but The Inspector found the restaurant soulless

Perhaps to make up for this, the muzak is far too loud in the soulless L’Amore restaurant, where the best thing is the view of Hall’s second-hand bookshop. 

No complaints about the mainly Italian menu, where most of the main courses are under £20.

Music at breakfast is always risky and it doesn’t work here — apart from drowning out some of the clanking of utensils on the laminated wood tables.

And we wish the lights could be less brutal at this time of day.

We’re sure One Warwick Park is aimed at romantic couples, but can’t help thinking it’s best suited to businessmen rewarding themselves for clinching the deal.

TRAVEL FACTS 

One Warwick Park

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5TA

01892 520587, onewarwickpark.co.uk

Doubles from £99, room only

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