K West Hotel & Spa, London
by Steve Hartridge | July/August 2016
"This is a hotel that actually deserves the tag ‘boutique’. It has several quirky and one-off features and pulls off the difficult trick of offering quality and excellence whilst remaining informal and comfortable – I saw someone in their spa robe heading down to breakfast. Although just a three-minute walk to Shepherd’s Bush, the setting and ambience is extremely tranquil."
THE BACKGROUND: This stylish 219-room four-star boutique hotel, which had a major redesign in 2014, occupies an elegant townhouse that once housed a recording studio and offices for the BBC. Its rock ‘n’ roll past lives on in many of the artworks hanging in the building and the steady flow of celebrity guests – some of whom perform at the nearby O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
THE LOCATION: In a quiet residential area, K West is a short walk from the tube and overground stations at Shepherd’s Bush and an easy distance from Kensington Olympia.
THE ROOM: I stayed in a 366 sq ft Executive Double (no room at the hotel is smaller than 200 sq ft). With its warm neutral colours and ambient down-lighting, it was classy but homely. Features included a work desk, couch and 42-inch TV. There was also a tablet in the room, with free wifi and a bedside ‘handy’ loaded with information on both the hotel and London attractions.
FACILITIES: The spa – voted Best Spa in London at the Good Spa Awards 2015 – features a hydrotherapy pool, samarium, sauna, dry flotation tank and a herbal steam room. But the stand-out features are a ‘Sun Meadow’ that offers specialist light therapy to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and London’s first ‘Snow Paradise’, which replicates the Scandinavian practice of alternating between steamy and freezing environments.
RESTAURANTS/BARS: On the fourth floor, Studio Kitchen is casual and informal – but that doesn’t detract from the excellence of the fare on offer. My ‘superfoods’ salad and prawn linguine were superb. On the menu was a good range of burgers and sandwiches and U.S. inspired side dishes like bacon mac ‘n’ cheese and sweet potato ‘fries’. My á la carte-ordered breakfast was also a cut above the standard buffet fare. On the third floor, next to reception, The Studio Bar serves a good range of cocktails, guest gins and craft lagers. I liked the relaxed but chic ambience created by the booth seating and industrial style hanging lamps.
THE RATES: Prices start from £125 per room a night, with suites starting at £540 a night.
THE DETAILS: W: k-west.co.uk; T: 020 8008 6600