K West is smart and sophisticated, with 220 attractive rooms that have flat-screen TVs, quality bedding, and tea kettles. Its main attraction, though, is the beautiful spa with sleek style and impressive facilities (the hydrotherapy pool and "Snow Paradise" room are particularly noteworthy). The sophisticated restaurant and bar, free Wi-Fi, and well-equipped gym are additional perks, but the location is a bit removed from the main tourist sites in London.
Smart and sophisticated, but with corporate furnishings
From the modern metal-and-glass exterior facade to the white fringe chandeliers to the sleek white floors, K West comes off as sophisticated and contemporary. For a hotel this size (220 rooms), the reception and lobby area feel claustrophobic, as the bar is incorporated into the front lobby and the reception desk is tucked away to the side. The back library partly makes up for lost space – a small cozy room furnished with velvet couches and nods to its rock and roll history. It was once used as a BBC recording studio, seeing musicians like David Bowie and Pink Floyd.
The hotel's crowning feature is the delightful spa; its interiors are elegant and calming -- well-suited for a place of healing and wellbeing. Funky features include the “Snow Paradise” room and starry night ceiling.
On a quiet residential street just off the main road in Shepherd's Bush
Shepherd’s Bush isn’t the hottest area of London, being located farther out from main tourist areas and central London. Perks include the stadium-sized music venue Shepherd’s Bush Empire, which puts on various big-name gigs on a constant basis. Europe’s largest urban shopping center, Westfield’s, whose sister branch has opened for the 2012 Summer Olympics in Stratford, is also located just next to the tube station and a short walk from the hotel. Notting Hill Gate and Portobello Market, as well as the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith are also nearby. As this is not central London, be slightly wary when walking around at night.
5-minute walk to Shepherd’s Bush station and Westfield’s shopping mall
8-minute tube ride to Notting Hill Gate station and Portobello Market
10-minute tube ride to Queensway station and Hyde Park
13-minute bus ride to Hammersmith and Lyric Theatre
15-minute tube ride to Bond Street station and West End shopping district including Selfridge’s
18-minute tube ride to Tottenham Court Road Station and Soho
25-minute tube ride to Piccadilly Circus and Piccadilly theatres
26-minute tube ride to Covent Garden
26-minute tube ride to Westminster station including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and scenic walks along the Thames
26-minute tube ride to Charing Cross station including Trafalgar Square, London ICA, and National Portrait Gallery
32-minute tube ride to Hyde Park Corner station and Green Park, including Buckingham Palace
34-minute tube ride to Knightsbridge station and Knightsbridge shopping district including Harrods
The lowest room category, the Junior Double, comes with an oversized single bed and is meant for single occupancy.
A sofa seating area is offered in the Deluxe room category and higher.
Executive Rooms are spacious and feature limestone tiling in the bathroom.
The K Suite features floor-to-ceiling windows, a walk-in wardrobe, and a sleek glass partition that separates the bedroom from the living room. The bathroom has limestone tiling and a freestanding tub with separate shower.
A beautiful, full-service spa, a modern fitness center, and several meeting and event spaces
K Spa features elegant and sophisticated interiors, a separate manicure room, footbath corner, hydrotherapy pool, “Snow Paradise” facility, a sauna, and a Sanarium (a Sanarium isn't quite as hot as a sauna). The “Snow Paradise” room is meant to follow a hot steam treatment, and is based on Finnish spa techniques of using hot-cold therapy to stimulate circulation and the immune system.
Modern fitness center features Star Trac cardio equipment with individual TVs, strength training equipment, free weights, and stretching mats. Personal trainers available upon request.
Off the lobby is Studio Bar, a large space with counter seating and plenty of tables and chairs. An adjacent stairway leads up to Studio Kitchen, the hotel's restaurant open for all three meals. The restaurant serves a continental breakfast by the bar and cooked breakfast upstairs, and is primarily known for their burgers. They also have Glam Rock Afternoon Tea available, which includes various teas, savory bites, and sweet treats.
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