Spread across five Victorian townhouses on a quiet residential street, just seconds from Notting Hill Gate tube station and a variety of shops and restaurants, this hotel combines refined tranquility with an extremely convenient location. writes Emma Newlands.
Opened in 2015, Laslett is part of the select Living Rooms group and takes its name to honor the area’s rich cultural heritage from Rhaune Laslett, a local activist who organized the original Notting Hill Festival, which grew into the famous Carnival.
My heart beats faster as I take in the pristine white facade and walk past the ground-level terrace into the reception area, which is filled with the hotel’s signature bespoke fragrance and adorned with stylish artwork and cabinets filled with things like framed butterflies — of a species are of “bourgeois bohemian” coolness, which reflects Notting Hill itself and also feels somehow Parisian to me. The general atmosphere of the hotel is a good balance between luxury and coziness.
There is more artwork in my suite, including prints, a glass case full of butterflies and stylishly positioned Penguin classics, while the bathroom is classically traditional and includes a bathtub and Ren toiletries.
Other in-room amenities include a Roberts Revival DAB digital radio and what’s billed as a Big Bar rather than a minibar, which includes champagne, though my silliness is heightened by my enthusiasm for the plentiful supply of bottled water.
Opposite is a table and two chairs by the window, while on the other side of the room is a desk-style table with a book about the Notting Hill Carnival and a brochure detailing artists whose work is also featured in the room as well very useful practical information about when to check out and how to get a doctor or babysitter for example.
The hotel is home to The Henderson Bar and Kitchen, named after Trinidadian musician Russell “Russ” Henderson, a key figure in the creation of Notting Hill Carnival.
You can also eat at The Library, across the reception area, where I have breakfast waffles with bacon and maple syrup and iced coffee amid displays of tomes on art and fashion. Also opening this summer is The Laslett Terrace, featuring live local music, food and drink.
Definitely boutique — for example, in June the hotel is paying homage to the anniversary with a “corgi-cation,” where guests “are treated like royalty when they check in with their corgi,” with four-legged guests enjoying a “customized pampering session.” “.
It’s worth getting up for
I take an excellent stroll through Notting Hill and on to Ladbroke Grove, stopping for a coffee or three on the way, browsing boutiques and admiring enviously the many multi-million pound properties I pass – there’s even an estate agent, which offers some huge Ibiza apartments. If you fancy a movie there is The Gate cinema at Notting Hill Gate and if you are looking for some greenery then Kensington Gardens is just a few blocks away.
There’s an on-site spa, Recharge Rooms, which offers a “unique combination of state-of-the-art procedures.” I am being mentored by the amazing therapist Reema and am fortunate enough to experience a relaxing and detoxifying 30 minute spell in the ozone sauna – a machine where you sit with only your head exposed – followed by a facial using a coveted MesoJet Device. When I look at myself in the mirror afterwards, my eyebrows look pleasantly higher and my whole face looks lighter.
I’m just a girl who, after checking out, stands in front of a hotel with her suitcase and really wishes I didn’t have to leave.
A double room including breakfast at The Laslett costs from £350 and the corgi-cation package from £445 per night. The Laslett, 8 Pembridge Gardens, Notting Hill, London W2 4DU. Tel: 020 7792 6688 www.living-rooms.co.uk/hotel/the-laslett/.
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