I love finding little luxury Inns on my travels. I love them more when I visit them close to home. A winter road trip to London Ontario found me on a relaxing solo getaway at the Idlewyld Inn London Ontario, and its luxurious charm is something I have to share.
The Idlewyld Inn and Spa London Ontario
As I was driving toward the inn, it struck me odd that I was in the middle of a residential neighbourhood. It didn’t take me long to realize what a superb location it was.
Just steps from Wortley Village in Old South London, it is like the Inn is located in a little small town. Wortley is a small historic community of artisans. Its Main Street is filled with independent shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. It is also conveniently located near Thames park which has a beautiful walking trail.
London Ontario as it happens is a great city mixed with the youth of its Universities, the inspired local cuisine of some great restaurants and many local attractions including museums, sports and theatre.
The Idlewyld Inn London
The moment I walked inside I noticed all the details hit me at once. Walls lined with wood panels, moulded ceilings and the decor of a cozy historic inn. The main floor had some sitting rooms where guests could enjoy a book in front of a fireplace or sit and enjoy a cocktail.
The Idelwyld has a total of 21 luxurious suites which range in size which are renovated with a mix of old and new decor.
Idlewyld Inn London Premium King Suite
Inside my suite, I had temporary amnesia that I was in an old mansion. The room had all the modern amenities and comforts but with a balance of historical heritage in the form of estate furnishings.
The spacious room was divided into an area where the bed lay and a little sitting room with two chairs and a wooden coffee table. There was a chest of drawers with a Keurig coffee machine and complimentary bottled water.
A small desk and chair sat under a colourful wall painting in between two windows which lit up the room with sunlight.
The bathroom was a perfect example of this type of decor — an old wood unit with an old looking faucet next to a soaker jacuzzi tub. Lots of fluffy towels and bathrobes add a few luxurious notes.
Dining at the Idlewyld Inn London
On the main floor of the Inn, you can enjoy a meal or high tea in the beautiful dining room. Plush chairs and little historical details throughout create a cozy historic yet luxurious mansion feeling.
Each room at the Inn includes a complimentary continental breakfast in the dining room. There was toast, pastries, fruit, yogurt and cheese to indulge in.
A Walk to Wortley Village
The concierge at the Idlewyld Inn and Spa was super helpful when I checked in and asked what there I can do around the hotel. It was a frigid winter weekend, but that didn’t stop me from getting outside and exploring the neighbourhood. She printed a little map for me, and I bundled up and made my way to Wortley Village.
I walked through the little village admiring the small shops until I hit a sign on the sidewalk. “There’s always time for coffee, Try our Nutella Latte!”
In front of the sign was a cute little cafe called the Black Walnut Cafe and Bakery. As soon as I walked into the door, I was greeted by happy smiling staff eager to help me find a seat and a drink in the packed cafe. Of course, who could resist a Nutella Latte?
A Walk in Thames Park
I continued my journey on the Main Street of Wortley Village and headed to Thames Park. I walked along the path, near the Thames river in total bliss.
Quiet Solo Escape at Idlewyld Inn London
It was like being secluded in a little town. This quiet inn was minding its own business on a neighbourhood street. Inside my room, I enjoyed some coffee and buried myself in writing before joining friends for dinner and show in the city.
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It was just a short drive before I found myself in downtown London Ontario. Inside the city, all the charms and luxuries of Idlewyld disappeared. The small town feeling was gone. I was actually in the city.
Looking for hotels in London Ontario, see these posts:
- Review: Station Park All Suite Hotel London Ontario
- Delta London Armouries a Modern Hotel with Hidden History