Just tucked away from the heart of Shepherds Bush & a few minutes’ walk from Westfield’s Shopping Centre is the very cool K West Hotel. This stylish hotel & spa is the converted BBC recording studios where many music legends have visited & recorded, such as Bob Marley & the Wailers, as well as the late David Bowie just to name a few. You can almost feel the coolness of the place standing in the foyer with its resident DJ playing club bangers and the cocktail bar overflowing with lush drinks.
We received a very warm welcome from the reception staff, whom were very quick to check us in & have a porter show us to our room. The beautiful room was very spacious & clean, the bed big enough for the whole family with room to spare. The K west offers rooms from a classic single for the lone guest to a suite where many rock bands & singers enjoy for the infamous after parties following their performances at concerts in venues close by. Everyone can be accommodated and all budgets suited. The rooms are designed to a very high standard, with light tones underlying the strong, bold colours and beautiful material chosen for the furnishings.
Technology leads the way with choice of large screens in the bigger rooms plus a Bose speaker for music lovers with Bluetooth functionality, playing songs direct from your smartphone, Over 60 channels are available on the TV’s plus a huge array of movies, to pass the night or afternoon away.
Now where do I start with the K West spa, this place left me speechless. This isn’t your run of the mill hotel spa, this spa is extraordinary. The hydrotherapy pool is like a giant hot tub, it is simply brilliant to sprawl out in, with powerful jets given a personal massage. There is even a foot spa to soak your feet after a lovely trek around the world famous Shepherds Bush market (less than a 10 minute walk from the hotel) The 2 things that sold it for me were The Snow Room, indecently this is London’s only snow room. There is literally a room full of snow. It’s absolutely fantastic. The room is filled with the finest natural snow powder. The snow is made of air and water and contains no chemical additives. Set to a temperature of -15ºC, guests can relax in a soft snow-drift or scoop snow onto the body to cool-off, this improves circulation which does wonders for cellulite. I strongly advice wearing the provided flip-flops in there.
The other wonder of the spa was the Sun Meadow Room, this is a bigger than average spa treatment room covered in hanging cream drapes & wallpaper with mellowing images of trees. My initial thought when walking into the room was of my childhood having sleepovers as there was lovely inviting double futon bedding on the floor. On-top was the softest pillows, it was like laying on a cloud. Getting comfortable & relaxed we placed the supplied eye protectors (the same as when having a sunbed) over our eyes as requested. The sun meadow treatment starts after pressing a button on the wall, the main lights go off and a board of square lights in the ceiling appeared to surround the place with a glorious mix of white & blue lighting, then suddenly what felt like natural light beamed over us producing a very calming feeling. I instantly felt relaxed and what felt like within seconds I feel asleep. The whole purpose of Sun Meadow room is to cure S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Living in the UK we have minimal sun so the sun meadow room is a perfect quick get away without any of the dangers of a sun bed. This is fab choice for eczema sufferer’s psoriasis and arthritis too.
K west’s restaurant The Studio Kitchen is simply fabulous, serving food during the day, and an extremely comfortable place to unwind & relax come the evening, with many drinks on offer, but to my enjoyment, a vast selection of cocktails with a variety of food plates to compliment. The menu has a wide variety of food to choose from, you will have no concerns in finding something to fit your mood. With the very slick hanging light bulbs and the gorgeous scenery, the meal was the perfect way to top a brilliant stay. Staff to help, there knowledge is excellent & they’re very friendly and helpful
K west is a true gem hidden away from the hustle & bustle of the busy shepherds bush centre, a perfect weekend getaway but still close enough for all city needs. The K West is my Urban Retreat!!