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La Suite West

La Suite West

La Suite West

La Suite West

La Suite West

La Suite West

La Suite West

Address 41-51 Inverness Terrace; London W2 3JN
by Inverness Place
Neighbourhood Bayswater, Notting Hill | See on map
Tube Bayswater [Circle, District], Queensway [Central]
Telephone +44 20 7313 8484
Website http://www.lasuitewest.com/
Price From £145

For all of the neighbourhood’s leafy streets, its proximity to Hyde Park, and the convenience of having Paddington Station and the Heathrow Express just around the corner, most visitors to London find enough faults to stay away from Bayswater. Only five minutes walk from the trendy Notting Hill, it has less to do with the area’s studenty feel and more to do with its dire hotels.

There’s nothing dire about La Suite West, however, which has been given the Anouska Hempel treatment while rates have been kept in line with the lady’s minimalist designs. The 80-room hotel will not be to the liking of everyone, but it’s an impressive showcase of design restraint, with everything in the Victorian townhouse – from the chunky four-poster beds to the wooden window shutters – kept either black or white.

The rooms are small – even the suites max out at 28 square meter – though slick, tidy and well-equipped, including complimentary Wi-Fi. Budget and availability permitting, try to get one of the ground floor suites with access to the private gardens. A little green is quite nice, just to break up the colour scheme, and the garden’s trees are as beautifully manicured as the hotel’s sharp interiors and the big oak tables are begging for some aristocratic al fresco action.

While the service isn’t up to par with The Hempel, Anouska’s eponymous boutique hotel a few blocks away, this is a proper alternative for the more cost-conscious design aficionado. The in-house restaurant, serving up an ‘Honestly Healthy’-inspired menu of the small-plate variety, is perfectly acceptable, and you’ll find everything you’d otherwise need in the neighbourhood – even a gym, missing in both hotels.