If you are looking for a new urban chictopia within the capital which gives you amazing dining options, an uber cool bar, amazing panoramic views of the city, AND an urban outdoor balcony space, then let us introduce your new favourite place, Urban Villa.
A new apartment complex taking a fresh approach to hospitality within London, Urban Villa is brought to you by trendy hotel group, NoHo (No Ordinary Hotel). If you haven’t yet heard of NoHo you soon will, as they are shaking up your traditional hotel experience, adding a modern and fresh approach to hospitality. Their philosophy is founded on the idea that hospitality is not about expensive finishes and overstaffing, but more about a unique and personal stay. Their current businesses comprise of a collection of visionary hotels, resorts, hostels, restaurants, lounges and bars.
The 100-suite hotel Urban Villa is designed by New York architects Grzywinski + Pons, who also founded The Nolitan and The Hotel on Rivington. Urban Villa has mastered urban minimalism within London, giving it a super modern feel. The hotel is somewhere between a rented apartment and a relaxed hotel experience. It’s a great place for those bored of the impersonal and formal we so often experience in hotel chains.
Their sleek little villas come with a kitchen, which include a superfast oven, a sleek Nespresso machine and all the other mod cons you might find in a modern kitchen. We stayed in the amazingly spacious Master Villa that can sleep up to 4 people and can double as a meeting space. The Master Villa itself oozes cool, the living room and bedroom held 40″ and 48″ LED smart TV’s.
I stayed for one night in January and enjoyed unfussy but delicious burgers by the beefy boys, and sleek cocktails in their Sour Diesel bar. It’s a great break from London with everything you need, the bonus being if you do find yourself slightly squiffy at the end of the night (like me) then you only have to stumble in a lift to get to your big and comfy bed. It’s also a close enough to the city to make it easy enough to visit central London if you are that way inclined, but being only a stones throw from Chiswick you can also stroll out for supper if you don’t fancy braving the tube.
When you wake in the morning, you can sweat off the toxins from the night before in their gym, and pick up a gorgeous breakfast in their Boki bar. BOKI Coffee & Co. serves artisanal drinks using Allpress Coffee and T2 Tea (the French Earl Grey is delicious) as well as craft beers, organic meals and cold-pressed juices. They also offer an in room gym kit, so if you don’t fancy heading down to the gym you can always use this to do a spot of indoor Yoga whilst watching the sunrise in their gorgeous winter garden (an indoor conservatory space which has amazing views of the city and pans around the whole villa).
The hotel has also partnered with Uber to facilitate quick journeys into the city, and South Ealing tube is just a 15-minute walk. It’s a great place to stay if you want to be close to Heathrow (when I checked Uber that evening, a taxi was £15 – 20 to get to Heathrow from the Villa)
Urban Villa is certainly like no other hotel I have experienced within London, it is about delivering unique and memorable experiences without compromising comfort. I would recommend a visit, it’s a quirky and unique place quite unlike any other in London. Watch this space, as it certainly seems like the sort of thing that could set a trend towards a new kind of staycation within the capital.
Urban Villa, Great West Road, Brentford, London, TW8 0GA, 020 3750 5000. Nearest tube: South Ealing