THE BBC is perhaps not known for being trendy, but its legacy in a prime London location is currently at the forefront of ultra-modernity.
The building which now houses K West Hotel & Spa was formerly owned by Auntie, but now the Shepherd’s Bush establishment fuses a “fun and vibrant ambience with ultimate relaxation”.
Such is the claim of the hotel itself, and it is hard to ague with that.
Certainly, the difference between the K Lounge, where top DJs and “expert mixologists” entertain the young, buzzing throngs with music and cocktails, and the relaxing atmosphere of K Spa and the bedrooms beyond, is pronounced.
The 220-room hotel – ideally located for the O2, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the Apollo, Loftus Road and Westfield, Europe’s largest urban shopping centre – is as impressive to look at from the outside, with its steel and glass front, as it is on the inside.
K West is contemporary and luxurious, with a light, spacious reception area and a bar – the aforementioned K Lounge –which suggest an aura of cool from your arrival.
Though an active nightlife is going on all around you, both inside and outside the hotel, once you step inside your bedroom, or through the doors of the spa, you are transported to a world of calm.
K Spa, nestled in the bowels of the building, was awarded the top rating of “5 Bubbles” in the 2013 Good Spa Guide, and offers a range of exclusive treatments.
Inside the wet spa, the hotel has taken the modern trend of mixing hot and cold experiences to a new level by introducing the first ‘Snow Paradise’ to London.
This is part of an attempt to mimic the Finnish experience of alternating between freezing and steamy environments and was an interesting addition that is thought to increase micro-circulation and have all sorts of health benefits.
The unique ‘Sun Meadow’ offers specialist light therapy to treat SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) while there is also a hydrotherapy pool, foot spa, sauna, steam room and sanarium.
The hydrotherapy pool was a favourite of ours – it is like a standard jacuzzi but much larger, including two loungers on which you can lie down on in the water and experience the relaxing bubbles from a supine position.
After spending half an hour or so in the spa, we changed for dinner in the Kanteen, where we were treated to exemplarily service.
Experienced head chef Eduart Berisha has created an inventive menu focusing on modern British cuisine to satisfy the cosmopolitan clientele, while ever changing artwork adorns the walls and is available to buy.
Our waitress was very attentive, and knew her stuff in recommending food to go with our mood, and our wine!
To start, I had the homemade ravioli with spinach, ricotta and sundried tomato pesto, which was tasty and yet not too filling.
My wife had the recommended smoked paprika squid with chorizo and sweet chilli aioli, which she said was not too spicy for her delicate taste buds.
My main course was a nice slice of roast belly pork, with dauphinoise potato, green beans and a red wine jus, while my wife enjoyed a classic Caesar salad with cos lettuce, croutons, parmesan, anchovies, egg and salmon.
For dessert, I stuck with what I know and choice a cheeseboard, which turned out to be plentiful, while my wife enjoyed the sticky toffee pudding.
Fully sated, we returned to our executive room, comprising a lounge area with sofa and coffee table, a super king-size bed measuring a huge two metres square, a desk area perfect for getting some work done, and a sleek bathroom with invigorating power shower.
The décor was very modern and provided a clean, peaceful place to relax in front of a 32”, flat screen, digital television.
The next morning, we enjoyed a classy breakfast with good portions and table service, ensuring we ended our stay in the same good spirits in which we had arrived.