Sprawling over five Victorian townhouses on a quiet residential street and only seconds from Notting Hill Gate tube station and a host of shops and restaurants, this hotel combines refined tranquility with a highly convenient location. The Laslett opened in 2015, is part of the select Living Rooms group and, in a bid to honor the region’s rich cultural heritage, is named after Rhaune Laslett, a local activist who organized Notting’s first festival Hill, which became the famous Carnival.
My heart lifts as I see its pristine white facade and pass its ground-floor terrace as I make my way to the reception area, filled with the hotel’s bespoke scent and adorned with artwork of elegant art and cupboards filled with, say, framed butterflies – kind of ‘bourgeois-bohemian’ cool reflecting Notting Hill itself, and also a bit Parisian to me. The overall ambience of the hotel is a good balance between luxury and friendliness.
There’s more artwork in my suite, including prints, a glass display case filled with more butterflies, and elegantly positioned Penguin classics, while the bathroom is elegantly traditional and includes a soaking tub and Ren toiletries. Other room amenities include a Roberts Revival DAB digital radio and what is advertised as a Big Bar rather than a mini bar, the contents of which include champagne, although my dull credentials are bolstered by being more excited about the many bottles of water. Opposite is a table and two chairs by the window, while across the room is a desk-style table where there is a book about the Notting Hill Carnival and a booklet with details of the artists whose work also features in the piece. such as very useful practical information on when to leave and how to get a doctor or a babysitter, for example.
The hotel is home to the Henderson Bar & Kitchen, named after Trinidadian musician Russell “Russ” Henderson, a key player in the creation of the Notting Hill Carnival.
You can also eat at The Library, across from the reception, and where I have lunch of waffles with bacon and maple syrup and iced coffee under displays of tomes on art and fashion. Additionally, this summer sees the launch of The Laslett Terrace, featuring local live music as well as food and drink.
Definitely boutique – for example in June the hotel offers a nod to Jubilee with a ‘Corgi-cation’ which sees guests ‘treated like royalty when they check in with their Corgi’, with guests at four legs that can enjoy a “tailor-made wellness session”.
Worth getting out of bed for
I set off for an excellent walk through Notting Hill and up to Ladbroke Grove, stopping for a coffee or three, browsing the shops and enviously admiring the many multi-million pound properties I pass – there even has a real estate agent who advertises huge pads of Ibiza. If you fancy a movie, there’s The Gate cinema in Notting Hill Gate, while if you’re looking for some greenery, Kensington Gardens are just a few blocks away.
There’s an on-site spa, Recharge Rooms, offering a “unique combination of cutting-edge procedures.” Under the care of the excellent therapist Reema, I have the chance to experience a relaxing and detoxifying 30-minute session in the ozone sauna – a machine in which you sit with only your head exposed – followed by a treatment of the face using a researched MesoJet machine. When I look in the mirror afterwards, my eyebrows are pleasantly raised and my whole face brighter.
I’m just a girl, standing outside a hotel with her suitcase after checking out, really wishing I didn’t have to leave.
A double bed and breakfast at The Laslett starts at £350 and the Corgi-cation package is from £445 per night. The Laslett, 8 Pembridge Gardens, Notting Hill, London W2 4DU. Tel: 020 7792 6688 www.living-rooms.co.uk/hotel/the-laslett/.
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