This London Hotel Only Has One Room—and a Whisky Vending Machine
A private elevator will deliver drinks and food straight to your suite.
The one-luxury-suite hotel, already home to three different whisky-filled bars, now also has a whisky vending machine that serves a variety of labels ranging from Macallan to Aberfedly to Royal Lochnager.
Since the concept of Whisky-Me is to make whisky more accessible, each pouch features simple tasting note photographs to let drinkers know what they can expect.
Customers can choose from selections that come with an eclectic range of flavors like the Laphroaig Lore, which includes hints of chili pepper and smoked fish, according to Matthew Hastings, head consultant for Fluid Movement (the company behind Whisky-Me, Black Rock, Sack, The Devil’s Darling, and The Napoleon Hotel and Bars).
Be sure to also try the Table Whisky, created at the hotel’s Black Rock Bar, where an 18-foot-long English oak tree has been turned into a table and has channels cut into it that are lined with oak barrels and streamed with a combination of aged whisky to produce a continuously revolving house blend.
“We age it in the table to that you can sit and taste and drink something that is aging and changing in front of you,” Hastings said.
Besides the Black Rock bar, which specializes in whisky and includes selections from Japan, Ireland, Finland, France, and more, the hotel also includes the Wes Anderson-inspired Devil’s Darling bar, and Sack (noted for serving affordable sherry selections in a space inspired by the bodegas of Spain).
The only suite on the property comes with a lounge area, complimentary Wi-Fi, Spotify music selections, an LED television, cold and boiling water on tap, fresh coffee, a mini-bar, and a roll-top bath.
The best feature of the room, though, might be the service elevators guests can use to send down and receive drinks and food straight to their room.
Guests can simply fill out a paper with their request and send it down the service elevator attached to the room to have their order sent directly through the chute, all without ever having to speak to anyone or leave the room. Rates for the suite start at about $230 per night.
While Whisky-Me announced the machine is guaranteed to be available through December, there are no current plans to remove it, Hastings said. To purchase a whisky from the machine, guests and passersby can head to the Devil's Darling bar from 5 p.m. every day to purchase a token.