Most of the best hotels for Holland Park require a walk – west into Shepherd’s Bush, south to Earl’s Court. But get out at Holland Park tube and you’ll find one of London’s finest green spaces, containing a ruined Jacobean mansion and the tranquil Kyoto Gardens, in an area that’s becoming a cultural hub. The Design Museum opened on the High Street Ken tube side of the park to deserved fanfare in 2016 (check out its restaurant while you’re there), and the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, and historic Leighton House are also splendid. This is our selection of the best hotels in Holland Park if you want to be near them.
The best hotels near Holland Park
From the chain behind Ibis and Novotel, London’s first Dorsett hotel is a handsome beast. Eight storeys of rooms have been created behind the façade of a 1920s cinema right on Shepherd’s Bush, albeit a good 25 minute walk (or quick bus) from Holland Park. Art Deco features have been retained, but this is a sleek, modern place, with many eager nods to Asian travellers, not least Shikumen, the Chinese restaurant that supplements an all-day brasserie and handsome lobby bar.
Also located in Shepherd’s Bush, K West claims to be the coolest hotel in west London – and it’s probably right, notwithstanding a mostly business clientele. It’s an easy 20 minute stroll to Holland Park, but feels like a different London, with severe glass-box architecture and catwalk rock’n’roll decor. There are good facilities too, including a small gym and extensive spa, which not only has a whirlpool bath, steam room and sauna, but a snow room too.
Rather smart, the Rockwell – and just a 15 minute walk from Holland Park. The premises are listed, so the 40 rooms are all different (from garden rooms with little patios on the ground floor up to a couple of singles with skylights), but wood and glowing colour accents warm up the appealing decor. There’s a power shower, Starck fittings and bespoke cabinets in all the bathrooms, and triple-glazing ensuring you never notice the noisy road just outside.
OK, not everywhere you might stay is a distance from Holland Park: this fancy-pants hostel is actually inside the park – with one of its three buildings forming part of the original, Grade I-listed, Blitz-wrecked Jacobean palace. There’s a lovely courtyard garden (just in case the surrounding park isn’t enough for you) and the 368-bed capacity is filled out with a handful of private rooms, including a family room with rooftop terrace. For the price: superb.
On a private square in Earl’s Court 15 minutes walk from Holland Park, Twenty Nevern is smart for the price, a Victorian townhouse with Middle Eastern exotica to freshen up the decor. The well-equipped rooms (TVs, docking stations, wifi) are rather squeezed into the property, and vary hugely in size and layout – all the way up to the Pasha, Scheherazade and Ottoman Suites, some with access to a rear courtyard. There’s an appealing hotel lounge too.
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