Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Boutique hotel with a soothing design, but signs of wear and tear throughout
The Hempel Hotel features a simple, yet elegant design that is comprised of flowing lines and airy spaces. In the lobby, large panels of natural stone complement neutral-toned suede sofas. The soothing, minimalist vibe carries over into the , which are uncluttered and softly lit.
While the Hempel still retains somewhat of a luxurious feel, visible wear and tear make it clear that the property is past its prime. Guest rooms are in need of an update, as tired furnishings and scuffed paint can be found throughout. For some guests, these defects detract greatly from the hotel's unique design and tranquil atmosphere.
A 10-minute walk from Paddington Station, in the popular West End
Situated in a discreet cul-de-sac wedged between the swankier side of Paddington and Hyde Park, this hotel may seem a bit difficult to locate upon first arrival. However, its semi-isolated location makes for a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city's more touristy areas that are actually within walking distance of the property.
While the immediate area doesn’t offer much in terms of shopping, dining, or nightlife, being in the West End means that guests won’t have to go far to find great spots for any of the above. Paddington consists mainly of tourists and business travelers in transit, as well as a good handful of medical staff and patients from St. Mary’s Hospital.
Clean, flowing lines and minimalist design -- but tired furnishings
Each room and suite is uniquely designed, but all have a few points in common: airy spaces, clean lines, discretely hidden cupboards and doors, and neutral color schemes. Furnishings, though, are starting to show signs of wear and tear.
Upgrading to the suite category won't get you new furnishings, but it will guarantee separate bedrooms and sitting rooms, deep soaking tubs, and iPod docks.
Beautiful private garden and several stylish event spaces, but few other amenities
Nouvelle cuisine artfully presented in a clean, sophisticated space
Created by acclaimed British designer Anouska Hempel more than a decade ago, this boutique hotel features a unique, Zen-inspired vibe that incorporates minimalist decor and a neutral color scheme. However, the property looks a bit past its prime, with faded paint and tired furnishings throughout. Rates are fairly reasonable considering the hotel's exclusivity (Michael Jackson once stayed and stars such as Keanu Reeves have reportedly been spotted), but the competitive price point and innovative design may not be enough to make up for the wear and tear.