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You Can Now Spend a Night at Oscar Wilde’s Former Pied-a-terre

Image credit: Belmond Cadogan Hotel

Famous poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde once quoted “One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” And now, you will soon be able to stay in one.

After four years and $48 million, the writer’s former pied-a-terre will reopen in December as the Belmond Cadogan Hotel after much of renovations.

The hotel holds is an integral location in Oscar Wilde’s life and in history. After losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, Wilde was arrested at the hotel on 1895. He even wrote a poem entitled, ‘The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel’, which states the entire ordeal.

Other than being a major historical importance to the literary and LGBTQ community—Wilde was arrested over homosexuality, a crime in England during his time—the hotel is looking to become a destination for several other reasons.

Image credit: Belmond Cadogan Hotel

Despite going through several renovations, the hotel has preserved many of the original designs from the 1800s. Such as wood panelling, stained glass windows and even working fireplaces. The hotel has 57 rooms available for guests, all decorated with hints of modern and historic aesthetic that anyone would enjoy.

Other than the superb architecture, the hotel also has several other new dining options available inside the hotel. From tea lounges, terrace café to a classic British bar. The main restaurant, directed by Adam Handling, will be offering a menu filled with sustainable and contemporary British fare.

Image credit: Belmond Cadogan Hotel

Every morning, pastries, croissants, bread and crumpets is delivered to guest rooms for breakfast. Guests can also spend their time in the private gardens or the hotel tennis courts.

If you wish to stay in the hotel, take a travel trip from ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ writer. In his playwright of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, one of the characters made a remark, saying he never travels without his diary.

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