How has it been almost two months since we went to London for my birthday?! It's become something of a tradition that we always head to London for the night around my birthday. I love London, the buzz and constant activity makes it exciting and invigorating. My mum was a Londoner and moved back up when I was seven so I have memories of going up on the train to visit her and my relatives. Unfortunately I've lost touch with them all now, but there's always a sense of being that little bit closer to them whenever I visit.
As this trip was for my birthday Sion took responsibility for booking our hotel and wow the boy did good! We always look on a number of travel websites and are registered to Secret Escapes, which is where this gem showed up - The Dorsett Shepherds Bush
A short five minute stroll from Shepherds Bush tube station this 317 roomed hotel is in a converted Grade 2 listed 1920s cinema, overlooking a tree lined green.
The influence of it's Asian owners is obvious to see in the beautiful, calming interior of the public areas. We arrived early and asked if we could leave our bags and check in later. Elina, the receptionist who helped us, very kindly told us that our room was already available and that we had been upgraded to a deluxe room - and what a room it was! Being on the top floor and a corner room, the views from the two walls of windows were stunning. Once you enter a bedroom there are more chic touches, with gold furnishings and oriental prints and accessories. Our room in particular was light and airy, with the aircon set to just the right temperature for an August day in London!
Our room had a beautiful bathroom attached with a separate bath & shower cubicle. Unfortunately the design of the shower door meant that it leaked quite badly, but the thick bath mat shopped the floor from getting slippery. The bathroom had plenty of marble top space for you to leave your toiletries out and there were more than enough towels for us both.
It was almost a shame that we didn't spend that much time in the hotel, we had so many planned activities for the two days that we were in the city. One thing we did make time for was happy hour (5-7pm) cocktails in the Jin lounge, Luis poured two stunning cocktails for us, I had the sweet Dorsett Duchess, while Sion went for a gin based Smoking Negroni. This wet our appetites and I'm not ashamed to admit to returning the following night to try more! Whether it was the later time slot or the relaxing effect of the evening, I spent most of my time unelegantly slouched in my seat, looking up into the stunning gold atrium. At night gentle up lights really show off the space (little tip - even room numbers overlook the atrium, while odd numbers have external views)
We loved our stay at the Dorsett Shepherds Bush, we felt it was good value for money and while not a central London location, it was perfectly placed for Holland Park, Notting Hill and Westfield Shopping Centre. We'll definitely be back!
We paid for our stay and all food and drink ourselves and were not asked to write a review, all thoughts and opinions remain our own.
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