For those of us who live outside the capital, aside from for business purposes, visits to London for pleasure tend to be around two or three times a year. So, when it came to planning Matt’s birthday last week, I decided a trip to London was much overdue!
We are fortunate enough to live just under an hour away by train but very rarely do we actually stay for a couple of nights to enable us to really make the most of what London has to offer. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that actually staying in London can be seriously expensive and as it was a special occasion, I wanted something more than a Travel Lodge or Premier Inn.
Forever looking to get the best deal I can get, I turned to the internet and after browsing Groupon and Wowcher where I usually find some great bargains, I made an account on Secret Escapes. I soon stumbled across a deal for K West Hotel & Spa, located in Shepherd’s Bush. When I had enquired what Matt wanted to do for his birthday, he’d mentioned that ‘a spa would be nice.’ K West was the perfect find, not only because the deal was or two nights with breakfast included but the hotel also offered a spa which could be accessed for an additional fee.
After a successful day of shopping on Oxford Street, we hopped on the tube to Shepherds Bush where our hotel was a mere five-minute walk away – very handy when you’re laden down with shopping bags as we were! We were informed at check-in that we’d kindly been upgraded to an Executive Room which I’m fairly certain was because I’d been in contact to mention it was Matt’s birthday. When we unlocked our room, we had been kindly left a Happy Birthday plate with a cupcake and bottle of prosecco which Matt was particularly pleased with.
It was a really big room of about 33 square feet, the interior elegant and refined. Matt made a beeline for Bose sound system while I was – naturally – drawn to the humongous super king-size bed. Safe to say that when we slept, there was so much space between us that we barely knew the other one was there! Which trust me, is quite the luxury.
K-West had thought of everything, there were huge mirrors, White Company toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, in-room tablets and even a smartphone which you could take out and about and offered complimentary calls and unlimited data browsing. I was really impressed with how dedicated K-West were to minimising their impact on the environment, giving you the option to not have your towels or bedding changed daily. It’s the little things after all!
A continental breakfast was included with the room but you could upgrade for £5 for fried options such as bacon, eggs etc. We found continental to be more than enough and filled up on pastries, fruit and cereal before heading out for the day.
Nestled at the bottom of the hotel was the K Spa and it was there we headed on Monday, our last morning in London. Hotel guests can enjoy the spa at a reduced rate while non-residents pay a bit more. From the very start, your experience is a luxury one and you are handed soft robes and slippers before being led to the changing room which was complete with large lockers, spacious showers, hair dryers and even straighteners.
While Matt nipped off for a luxurious De-Stress Deep Tissue massage, I explored the facilities and was pleased to find we were actually the only ones there! While somewhat smaller in size than others I’ve visited, K Spa is stuffed with unique experiences I couldn’t wait to try.
The glass panelled Hydrotherapy pool featured stainless steel recliners, set underneath a ceiling adorned with twinkling lights which simply staring at for a while left you sleepy. A touch of a button started your individual jets, the bubbling water massaging you and removing any tension with ease. There were personal foot baths where you could fill it your desired temperature and soak your feet, much needed after all the walking we had done.
As well as a sauna and steam room, there was also London’s first Snow Paradise, a cabin filled with natural snow and chilled to -15! It was explained that this was to mimic the Finish tradition of Hot-Cold therapy where you alternated between cold and hot temperatures. It was unlike anything we’d ever seen in a spa before and I found myself scooping up handfuls of snow in disbelief.
Another lovely feature was the Relax room where you could inhabit an individual relaxation pod and lose yourself in a good book or magazine and slip on the headphones and lose yourself in the provided calming music. I spent a good hour in that room, empty of all thoughts. While we didn’t experience them personally, there are also a well-equipped gym and nail bar available should you require.
Our visit to the spa was the perfect end to our stay at K-West and we left rested and rejuvenated, ready to board the train home and get back to the real world. If you’re looking for a hotel that offers great transport links into central London as well as a secret haven of relaxation, K West is the place to go.
Our stay at K-West Hotel & Spa was paid in full by myself. We were kindly upgraded and offered free entry into the spa. Read more on my disclaimer here.