Hotel Indigo: West London, United Kingdom
A hotel and a restaurant that’s run entirely by lords and ladies sounds intriguing. Believe me when I say that the treatment we received during our stay at Hotel Indigo nothing short of royal. This newly remodeled boutique hotel located in the heart of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, was our third and last stop on this trip to Europe.
Great location. Seriously. When we travel, we want to mingle with the locals and get a feeling of what life is like in places we visit. It’s not hard to go to London and check off all the tourist attractions. But it does take some effort to blend in, learn the unique facts and things about the area that no guidebook will ever tell you. And by staying at small, boutique, neighborhood-centric hotels helps us accomplish just that.
From the outside, Hotel Indigo blends in nicely. The simple awning communicates the name of the hotel but doesn’t scream <here I am. stop in>.
On the inside, however, is where you get introduced to the Hotel Indigo brand: a modern, brightly-colored interior with lots of character and personality. The reception desk is located in front of a large digital staircase-depicting mural. It bring much needed dimension to a tiny space. The back-lit hotel sign is a nice touch.
The hallways and the main staircase come alive with the brightly colored guest room doors, half-moon pendant fixtures and a black and white carpet pattern.
Lots of fun patterns have been used, all in the effort to bring personality and uniqueness to the space. Most popular of all are the newpaper wallcovering and the chevron pattern.
Our hotel room was fun, inspiring and spacious. What a nice change it was from our tiny hotel room in Paris. We loved having a sitting area, a TV visible from every angle (even from the bathroom), a queen-size, comfortable bed with great task lighting and a well-stocked refrigerator.
We absolutely loved the light layering in the bathroom. The LED strip built into the vanity cabinet was operating on a separate switch, so when you have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, there is no need to turn on the overhead light.
Do you see the contrast of rough floor tile next to glazed wall tile, next to lime green and aqua blue cabinets? Bold combinations.
The service was exquisite. Besides daily interactions, our night attendant was great. We were treated with hot chocolate and a bed time story one of the nights, and an after dinner chocolate bites the following night. Always appreciate these little gestures of kindness.
For the location, the atmosphere and the people that run this place, I would go back in a heartbeat. The interior, as great as it was, almost became secondary (oh no, did I just say out loud?).
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