When we were invited by the guys at Urban Villa to check out their West-London boutique hotel, I thought that it would be a great way to escape for the weekend and to try something new.
If I’m honest (which I always am with you guys), I was a little apprehensive about spending the weekend in Brentford. Not that there’s anything wrong with the place, I just wasn’t sure what we’d do to fill our time as Bells is near impossible to keep still for more than 10 minutes and therefore getting her into Central London was going to be out of the question. My apprehension grew when we arrived at the hotel… much more quickly than I’d anticipated thanks to it’s location next to the A4. Now a country bumpkin, I wondered how I’d cope with the noise.
I need not have worried about anything.
Complete with it’s own car park, there was plenty of room to park and unload Bells at a leisurely pace before making our way through to the hotel entrance. As soon as we stepped inside of the doors, I felt awful for having misjudged it, I knew I loved the hotel immediately.
The lobby is filled with the backdrop of cool music, comfy seating and lots of tempting reading material. In terms of the decor, think New York loft apartment (signs are graffiti) blended with British luxury. I actually managed a whole 15 minutes reading Monocle whilst Bells was asleep one day, I was more than happy to put it mildly. The reception is manned by chilled “ambassadors”, happy to help but not on your case and I have to say, I found the whole experience completely refreshing.
After being given our key, we made our way up to our room, which was actually more of an apartment complete with lounge/diner/kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and glass enclosed balcony which ran around the outside of the building, connecting each of our rooms. Bells was in her element running around each of the rooms, hiding behind doors and generally creating mischief. The interior oozed urban chic and each room came with a TV which they actively encouraged you to pair with your phone to avoid expensive cheesy hotel movies. I liked this hotel.
The apartment came with so many more facilities than I’ve ever experienced with a hotel before. Not only did it have all of the basics that you would expect, it came with a microwave, oven, dishwasher, full sized fridge, decent sound system, Nespresso Machine, free wifi and huge bathroom (complete with a bath which as any parent will know is a god send). The hotel is next door to a Sainsbury’s and so it’s super convenient for picking up essentials and making yourself truly at home.
As for the location, we couldn’t hear a peep from the road, it was completely silent. We spent Saturday exploring Kew Gardens (only a 4 minute drive from the hotel) where Bells burned off plenty of energy and we went for a stroll in the evening, stopping for a couple of drinks in the local pubs before taking a leisurely 15 minute stroll to Kew where we had supper at The Cricketeers (who were super kid friendly!).
Whilst the hotel has a bar, it’s great to grab a cocktail (or two) but I’d make other plans when it comes to dining. The hotel doesn’t supply a breakfast but with everything you need to make your own (the hotel will even send someone to do your shopping if you wish!), that’s not an essential. We personally found a great little café called RADA just opposite the hotel where I experienced the best fresh orange juice of my life and a veggie breakfast to die for. With the breakfast costing just £7 (including a latte), I was happy to make the few steps across the street.
I can imagine that the hotel might have originally been designed with the business traveller in mind thanks to it’s amenities… however it worked so perfectly for us as a family. The large storage meant that we could tuck the pram away (no more playing let’s shuffle around the pram), the kitchen meant that I could prepare food and milk easily for Bells and the location meant that it was easy and hassle free to get there, not to mention it’s close proximity to one of my favourite areas of London… Kew.
If you fancy doing something different this weekend with the family, heading into Central London (only a short train journey) or you’re looking for somewhere to stay before jetting off from Heathrow, I can’t recommend Urban Villa highly enough. I know that we’ll be back for sure. Be sure to check them out (deets below) as they’ve got loads of deals on at the moment! Rooms start from £79 per night…
Kew Eye Tower
GWQ Development, Ealing Road
London, TW8 0FL