Hotel 55, Ealing

It is not often I review a hotel in West London, especially not one so close to home, but Hotel 55 sounded appealing to me. Moments away from North Ealing tube, and a short distance from the central line station West Acton, it is outside the main hub of London but is brilliantly accessible and blissfully calm in comparison to more central hotels.

Firstly I must commend the company on their website, which I often find to be the downfall of a hotel. It is stylish, clear and informative and definitely whet my appetite for this little boutique property. If anything the website exaggerates the grandeur of the building and I was surprised to find it very homely and unassuming when we arrived early last Thursday evening. Inside the hotel has a slick modern edge with colourful lighting and quirky furniture, this style suits the onsite Japanese restaurant Momo perfectly.

Our room was small but comfortable, ideal for a one night business stay. Decorated in muted colours and soft furnishings with abstract artwork on the walls; it was a nice room to spend time in, relaxing and revitalising. A large double bed with plenty of pillows, cushions and blankets ensured we got a good night’s sleep. The bathroom, despite being petite, included a bath and Crabtree and Evelyn toiletries, I could have a long warm soothing soak before bed.

The hotel staff really aim to please, assisting us enthusiastically with our every need. This extends to the room facilities too, with bottled water, loaded minibar and coffee machine all available and complimentary. For supper we wandered downstairs to join other guests for an authentic Japanese meal at Momo. After an initial mix up with the menus, we were delivered some delicious Asian cuisine. Highlights were the crispy chicken pieces and vegetable dumplings and the Katsu curry main course. The food is fresh and well seasoned, and presented in an attractive fashion. With such a huge menu of familiar and unfamiliar Japanese recipes to choose from, there should be something for everyone. I should also mention the wonderful white wine, a delicate refined Reisling.

The next morning breakfast was laid out in the same dining room, a wholesome and tempting array of fruit, pastries and yoghurt. Cooked breakfast is available too. I opted for just toast and coffee but the heavenly smells coming from the kitchen almost convinced me to indulge more.

Reasonably priced, comfortable and quiet, Hotel 55 offers a relaxing haven for tourists and Londoners alike. After staying here I can’t comprehend why anyone would waste their money on an expensive West End hotel, Hotel 55 has everything you need for less cost and less stress.

More information here.

www.hotel55-london.com

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