The Hotel Review: La Suite West, Paddington, London
Review: Jennifer Bonfield
The exterior of the hotel blends in with the typical nineteenth century Victorian townhouses that line the streets of West London, and is just a few minutes’ walk from Queensway tube station (Central line) and a minute walk from Bayswater Tube station (District and Circle line). You can also get to Hyde Park in five minutes, so location wise this is a winner.
The Japanese influence interiors (designed by Anouska Hempel) are dark and moody – not ideal for everyone but actually I thought this was a beautiful boutique bolt hole. The décor is slick and unfussy and can be called nothing else but contemporary. The crisp white walls teamed with black furniture, black wood shutters on the bedroom terrace windows, black wood sliding doors and dark fabrics should, in theory, be received as unwelcoming, but surprisingly it’s quite the opposite – an air of cool sophistication and sultry romance. To the rear of the hotel is a fabulous large patio area shaded by tall leafy trees – which is a great spot to enjoy a breakfast cappuccino
On arrival I was warmly greeted and check- in was swift, with my luggage taken to my room while the obligatory formalities were carried out.
There are six room categories ranging from long stay bedrooms, deluxe doubles and terrace suites – these have individual gated entrances and private garden terraces. The terrace suite rooms themselves have large sofas, dining table and four-poster beds. My room was a junior suite with a double set of French doors leading onto an amazing roof terrace – sadly these didn’t open fully to allow outside access, which is a shame as it would be great to fully utilise this fantastic space.
The room had a spacious wardrobe, fridge and tea making facilities. There was a dining area with table and chairs and a large sofa area. The bed was four-poster and hand carved with a built in remote control access, flat screen TV, which when not using was electronically stored inside the foot of the bespoke bed. However, I won’t lie, it took me a little while to figure out where the TV was actually located! The large marble bathroom with heated floors was fabulous, I could have happily relaxed in the humongous bath all evening. There was a good selection of glossy magazines to while away the time too. The over-bath shower was nice and powerful and stocked with premium toiletries and fluffy towels, robe and slippers.
The restaurant is small but serves a fantastic Vegan Afternoon Tea with finger sandwiches and savory canapés including cashew nut and spinach filo pastry, mushroom and black olive pate and scrambled tofu and mustard cress. Followed by warm home made scones served with fresh whipped coconut cream and strawberries and vegan mince pies. Dessert included a tasty gingerbread loaf with walnuts. The accompanying tea selection was extensive with choices of Lychee black, Hibiscus and Chamomile flowers to name a few.
Overall this is a fabulous little boutique hotel with a quirky charm, cool character, great transport links – a good west London location.
La Suite West (www.lasuitewest.com, +44 20 7313 8418) offer rooms from £119 a night based on two people sharing a double room.
41-51 Inverness Terrace, London W2 3JN, England.
020 7313 8484 lasuitewest.com