I had never been to London Ontario before now. I’m a bit shocked really, that I had no idea about this region of Ontario at all. London 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. So on a recent visit to the city I had a fantastic night partaking in local theatre, some exquisite dining and my lovely stay at the Idlewyld Inn and Spa.
The Idlewyld Inn and Spa London Ontario
I thought it was an odd thing, this mansion in the middle of a residential neighbourhood in London, but during my stay I quickly realized all this amazing inn had to offer. The original inn was built as a home in 1878 and it has an amazing history which included being converted to luxury apartments, a nursing home and the luxurious inn it is today.
The moment I walked inside I noticed all the details. Wood panels, moulded ceilings and the decor of a cozy historic inn. The main floor had a number of sitting rooms where guests can enjoy a book in front of a fireplace or enjoy a cocktail. The Inn has a total of 21 luxurious suites which range in size, but are all beautifully renovated with a mix of old and new decor.
Premium King Suite
Inside my suite I forgot I was in an old mansion inn. Everything was like new and there is this balance between estate pieces like the wood tables and the new bedding and contemporary furnishings.
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 to this luxury intimate hotel stay. While these little decor details are made to look historic they are all new renovated pieces.
On the main floor of the Inn you can enjoy a meal or high tea in the beautiful dining room. Plush chairs and little historic details throughout create a cozy historic yet luxurious mansion feel.
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 is there to do around the hotel. It was a very cold 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.
Wortley Village is located in Old South London, a small historic community of artisans with independent shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. I walked through the little village admiring the little shops until I hit a sign on the sidewalk.
I could not resist the 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 I ordered the Nutella Latte and took my spot in the back of the cafe to warm up. Everyone inside was super relaxed and friendly and I immediately started to feel at home in this little village.
A Walk in Thames Park
I continued my journey out of the main strip of Wortley Village to Thames Park where the concierge told me I would find an amazing little trail. It was a stunning day and I walked along the trail, near the Thames river in total bliss.
Idlewyld Inn Features
The Idlewyld Inn and Spa is an impressive little hotel filled with helpful staff, little cozy rooms to relax in, amazing dining and a neighbouring community to explore. The soft tunes of Jazz played in the small rooms on the main floor and in the dining room and the mix of historical details and conteporary luxury make this Inn a fantastic, chic, and luxurious place to escape.