K West Hotel & Spa, West Kensington, London
One of the smarter spots in scruffy Shepherd's Bush, this hotel wins points for its accommodating staff, serene rooms and good-sized gym and spa - spend the money you've saved at the Westfield, Europe's largest indoor mall.
Rooms available from £152 per night
Your expert reviewer
From the hotel, it's a only a ten-minute hop to Notting Hill, or a 20-minute tube ride to Oxford Circus. Family-run French brasserie Le Petit Citron is a five-minute walk away, while its 15 minutes to fun bar-restaurant The Hawk's Nest.
The K West is set back from the sprawl and well-placed for the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire and the Westfield shopping centre.
By car: under 4 hours from Manchester and 2 hours from Bristol. On-site parking costs £29 per day.
By train: Shepherd's Bush station is a 5-minute walk and Kensington (Olympia) is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Book trains to London.
CHARACTER & STYLE
This storied building hosted a litany of legends in its former incarnation as the BBC's Kensington House - and a fair few celebrities since. The exterior is lit up with neon at night and looks appealing, while inside, rock and roll artworks pay tributes to this hotel's musical heritage. In the Studio Bar, chainmail curtains separate clusters of velvet cocktail chairs. However, the once cutting-edge décor is starting to look a little dated in places.
Cheerful staff make the guest experience here, and we appreciated the off-menu suggestions from the mixologist in the cocktail bar. As well as the spacious spa there's a well-equipped gym on site, plus a small restaurant and bar and a stylish chill-out space equipped with a TV and books.
- Parking on-site
- Free Wi-Fi
Even the smallest of the 219 guest rooms are spacious, at well over 200sq ft. The rooms' décor is vibrant and funky, with bold wall art and brightly-coloured throw cushions. Bathrooms are by comparison rather staid.
Room types: Junior, Superior, Deluxe, Executive, Studio, K Suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, TV, in-room tablet, free Wi-Fi
FOOD & DRINK
The Studio Kitchen is open all day, starting with buffet and à la carte breakfast options and offering a crowd-pleasing choice of bistro-style dishes at lunch and dinner. Though the space is rather over lit, dishes like salad Niçoise or a Korean chicken burger are prepared with care. The breakfast here is excellent - especially the avocado toast with perfectly poached eggs.
Studio Kitchen: small plates and sharing platters. All-day dining, open daily.
Studio Bar: cosy lounge, extensive cocktail menu. Open daily from 4pm.
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