Urban Villa, London: A Review
Looking for hidden spots in unexpected places is what I *do*. And Urban Villa certainly delivers the unexpected.
I checked my phone for exact arrival and departure times to Brentford. 38 minutes by train from Waterloo to the door of Urban Villa’s new boutique, all-suite hotel.
“Manhattan style meets British Modern luxury.” Their words, not mine, but they perfectly describe what I see when I walk through the glass entry doors.
The sleek bar area serves as check-in. The lobby is edged in floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Residents are clustered around long, communal tables with coffees and laptops or tucked away in the intimate seating areas.
But the best is yet to come.
We take the elevator to the 10th floor and follow our host to our suite, 1004.
I open the heavy door into a small entryway. The contrast between the dark, steel-gray hallways and the white, sun-dappled suite is stunning.
We have a Master Villa with separate bedroom, hall bath, sitting area, full galley kitchen and a wrap-around glassed-in terrace.
The master bedroom has a king bed with a large desk, open closet and flat screen TV. Bedside lamps are fully adjustable for nighttime reading and there are enough outlets and USB connections to keep any tech-heavy traveler happy (no more fighting for outlets or sneakily unplugging each other’s laptops).
The sofa in the sitting area is also a double sofa bed, conveniently positioned across from another flat screen TV. The sleek kitchen is fitted with steel cabinets, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, full oven and cooktop. I had no plans to cook anything, but residents could easily put together a simple meal with what’s provided.
The bathroom is well-designed with a walk-in rain shower, heated towel rails and storage for personal items. The shower had endless hot water and good water pressure. I was happy to see Malin + Goetz products, but didn’t see any additional toiletry items (qtips, cotton balls, sewing kits, etc).
My favorite part of our suite? The terrace. I adored the terrace, perfect for morning coffee and a book while looking over the rooftops towards Kew Gardens and beyond.
Did I mention how much I adored the terrace?
Food, Drink and Fun:
Sour Diesel, the hotel’s bar, stocks an excellent selection of wine and spirits. The creative mixologists are happy to fashion something just for you.
Breakfast is continental. Boki serves outstanding coffees, pastries, smoothies and outstanding juice concoctions that purge all evils from the night before.
Guests can explore local food options by using the hotel’s virtual concierge service or ask the “UV Ambassadors” at the hotel for a list of vetted restaurants, bars and coffee shops in nearby Richmond, Hammersmith and Ealing.
The area around Urban Villa is in transition. Construction signs advertising luxury high rise apartments dot the surrounding landscape promising new digs, shops and cafes. The hotel’s artful design insulates guests from any noise and bustle so it does feel like a tranquil oasis and “home away from home.”
Guests can request a soft, medium or hard mattress when reserving a room.
The hotel has bicycles (free) for guests.
There’s a Sainsbury Local adjacent to the building if you have a craving for a little something-something in the off hours.
Gym kits are available for in-room workouts.
The hotel can arrange in-room spa treatments.
What I liked:
I loved the fresh design, the extra room and the residential feel.
Despite the proximity to urban areas, our room was absolutely quiet.
The Mister, road warrior extraordinaire was happy about blackout shades for the jet lagged, soundproofing for the noise sensitive and Nespresso machines for the caffeine addicted.
What I didn’t:
It was hard to find the entrance. I had an awkward encounter with the front desk staff at the residences next door. Sorry, man in the furry hat.
I’m always looking for a reason not to work out, and the temperature in the gym would be that excuse. It might be refreshing for anyone who moves faster than a “I’m texting my friends and reading Hello as I ride the bike” pace, but the gym was freezing.
Singles, long and short term business travelers, couples or families looking for a relaxed retreat near London. Central London is 40 minutes by train, 30 by tube or 20 by cab.
Things to Know
Villas sleep 2, 3 or 4 guests. Specify when booking.
Urban Villa is well located for sights west of London (Kew Gardens, Richmond, Wimbledon, Windsor, Legoland, Hampton Court Palace and Heathrow). Guests looking to tour London sights on a daily basis might find the journey a chore unless they take advantage of the hotel’s special offer with Uber.
How to book:
Urban Villa Great West Road, Brentford,London, TW8 0GA 020 3750 5000 Rates start at £100 for a studio villa and £135 for a master villa.
Urban Villa provided my accommodation for the evening. My opinion and words are entirely my own and can’t be bought or influenced by gifts and fancy things (just ask my husband).