K-West, Shepherd’s Bush – Hotel Review
By Matt Callard
We all know that the rush-and-push of London can make it an overwhelming place. But with over 700 hotels in the city all clambering for our attention – and our hard-earned Yorkshire pennies – the experience can be fairly overwhelming before you’ve even set foot in the place.
The Big Smoke is a world class city, of course. And there are more reasons than ever to book a slot in one of those starry, much-needed sanctuaries away from London’s unforgiving hustle and bustle.
The K-West, neatly situated just outside of the capital’s congestion charge zone in Shepherd’s Bush, might just be able to lure you in with the possibility of a bit of glamour, a bit of fame – even a dash of rock ‘n’ roll. Yes, the BBC studios are lurking nearby and the K-West is a regular stopover for the arty lot and the party lot. The Beeb use the location for meetings (on expenses, no doubt) and you’ll be fairly unlucky (or lucky, depending on your point of view) not to be sharing a corridor with some random members of the rock ‘n’ roll fraternity. The Goo Goo Dolls had just checked out. Rubbish emo rockers Disturbed were in the vicinity. Very nice boys apparently, and not at all disturbing. The X-Factor starlets stopped here too before our arrival. Cue crowds of screaming adolescents outside the building.
“A truly modern hotel”
The K-West is certainly conspicuous. A large glass and chrome exterior is blazingly lit with coloured lights and shimmering with elegant white drapes. It looks somewhat out of place amongst the traditional London terrace surroundings. But it’s a true landmark. Maybe the beacon-like qualities of the building help the rock ‘n’ rollers locate it after another night of hard partying. Whatever the aesthetics, there can be no denying that the venue is a truly modern hotel in service and amenities. More remarkably, it seemingly comes without the dreaded London service fatigue experienced in other more illustrious establishments.
Everything is run precisely and expertly. There are card swipe keys, chocolates as greeting, wi-fi, in-room desk for business, satellite TV, power shower, BIG double bed, drinks and ice dispensers in the corridors. The rooms are good, with air-conditioning, quiet and spacious. I manage to grab a tour of the Embassy Suites (at £700 a pop per night!) which would probably impress even the most indolent rock star. Food is excellent, with a menu carefully catering for London’s exotic mix of cultures – and decent value by London standards.
“Pretty darn impressive”
There is, however, one other very good reason to pay a visit to the K-West – where your escape from London’s clamour can actually become a refueling sanctuary – their spa. A £2 million facelift has transformed the basement of the hotel into a holistic paradise, complete with hydrotherapy pool, snow room, sanarium, sauna, dry flotation tank, foot baths and an aromatic steam room. As escapes from the city go, it’s pretty darn impressive.
There’s even a fast checkout system, where your bill is slid under your door before you awake and you simply sign the bill and hand it in at checkout as you leave – providing you’ve checked the numbers, of course. And it would be sensible to do so if you’re watching the pennies – the added extras can really add up here.
The K-West is a glamorous choice for a glamorous city, then – if that’s your K-kinda thing.
Prices start from £129 per room per night, and the K Suites are from £450 per night, excluding VAT.
K-West Hotel & Spa, Richmond Way, London, W14 0AX
Shepherd’s Bush tube is 5 minutes away, as indeed is Westfield – Europe’s biggest shopping complex.
Good location for ‘posh’ London with Notting Hill and South Kensington nearby.