West London has always been one of my favourite areas to visit with its beautiful spots to explore like Notting Hill, Holland Park and Kensington. With a friend’s birthday coming up, I discovered the Dorsett Shepherd’s bush, just a stone’s throw from leafy Holland Park and knew it would be perfect for a girly night away in London.
The 8-storey hotel consists of 317 comfortable modern rooms as well as two restaurants, a very glamorous bar and a relaxing spa. The grade II listed building is perfectly located for shopping with Westfield Shopping Centre practically on your doorstep as well as the eclectic offering of independent shops and restaurants of Shepherds Bush.
I arrived at the hotel a few hours before check-in. Understandably my room wasn’t ready, but thankfully my suitcase was kindly stored securely for me until I returned later in the day. This gave me a few hours to roam luggage-free around West London.
Firstly, I headed to Holland Park for a stroll around its tree-lined streets to visit my favourite spot, the Kyoti Gardens located within the park itself. It’s one of my favourite outdoor spaces to relax and people-watch in London.
Next, I headed to the neighbouring borough of Notting Hill which is definitely worth a visit to lust over all the pretty pastel houses and for a stroll around Portobello Market. You may spot a few Instagrammers posing and snapping away in front of the houses!
After a spot of lunch, I headed back to Shepherd’s Bush to meet my friend and roomie for the night, to do a spot of shopping at Westfield. If you haven’t been before, I’d recommend you clear your diary for a good few hours, it’s huge!
Once back at the hotel we ventured up to our executive suite to relax a little before heading down to dinner (well, once we had figured out the lifts…#mustswipecardformovement).
Our room was spacious by London hotel standards and included a comfy two-seater sofa and a large dressing table. It was super comfortable and such a great space for chilling out after a day of sight-seeing. The shower room was definitely my highlight though as it was extremely spacious and also included a bath. I could have stayed in there all day!
We headed down to the hotel restaurant for our booking at 6pm where we were welcomed by a friendly waiter who looked after us throughout our meal.
I haven’t been overly impressed with hotel restaurants in the past so I didn’t have the highest of expectations. After looking through the menu though I was already impressed by the creativity and number of options available. After some great advice from our waiter, we both opted for the three-course menu and a bottle of white.
I cannot praise the food enough, from the presentation to the flavours, everything was complete perfection. It was definitely the most delicious meal I had eaten in a long long time.
After dinner, and feeling rather full, we headed out to meet friends in Shoreditch. After a night of drinking and dancing, we finally arrived back at the hotel at 5am eek! Luckily the security staff were on hand to let us back into the hotel and we had a great sleep, albeit quite short.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have the opportunity to take advantage of the unusually late check-out time of midday or experience the hotel breakfast, as we had to set-off pretty early the next day.
All in all, we had such a fantastic stay at the hotel and would definitely recommend it to others wanting a weekend away in London with either friends or family.
Disclosure: We were invited guests of Dorsett Hotels. Our room and dinner were complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and photos are my own.