The Laslett

Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom Book from Book from £144 per night

A gorgeous hotel showcasing British culture and style - upmarket yet pleasingly informal
At last! A hotel that's as original, exciting and coolly stylish as the neighbourhood it sits in. Named after Rhaune Laslett, one of the founders of Notting Hill Carnival, this townhouse hotel was much hyped before opening, and when we visited 2 days later, it was already living up to expectations.

In large, The Laslett has it all: 51 rooms and suites spread across 5 stuccoed townhouses in one of Notting Hill's most exclusive streets, minutes from the tube. The renovation was by Waldo Works, but it’s the small things that make this place really special: staff wear Levis and DMs; signage is creative; there are curated art collections by local artists and piles of Penguin classics in the bedrooms. Simplicity rules the design but things are complex beneath, every clever detail agonised over and perfected. From the moment smiling staff greet you in the open-plan reception/lounge/bar area, you feel instantly at home.

Highs

  • Clean lines and super-comfy beds in the beautiful bedrooms
  • A celebration of all things local and British: all designers and suppliers are from the UK
  • Staff are absolutely charming
  • Despite the top-quality furnishings, we felt very comfortable and relaxed; no standing on ceremony here
  • A great central location yet no traffic noise, and an easy walk/tube ride from London's main sights

Lows

  • No twin rooms; basement rooms lack natural light
  • The Henderson Bar only serves light meals and a Continental breakfast (and portions are small), but Notting Hill overflows with great restaurants
  • Making use of your in-room 'Big Bar' can be pricey and in-room tea- and coffee-making facilities need to be requested on arrival

Best time to go

Any time of year. The hotel is fully air conditioned so a nice refuge from London's summer muginess, and it's a cosy base in winter. Book months ahead for Notting Hill Carnival (last weekend of August).

Our top tips

If you're here on a Saturday head to Waterstone's car park behind the tube station, where there's a weekly farmers' market: home-baked goodies, fruit and veg, cheeses, the works.

Great for...

City Style
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 51
  • Breakfast and light meals (restaurants nearby)
  • Allowed but not ideal
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

The 51 rooms are spread across 5 townhouses, some facing the mansioned street, others, quieter, facing the back. All are clean-cut and flooded with natural light from big windows. Walls are a gorgeous light grey; perfectly pressed bed linen is snowy white. Colour comes from velvet chairs, raspberry bed blankets and modern pieces by local artists.

There's a uniformity to the décor, but each room is individually styled with a handful of Penguin classics and a wall of curated art. Groovy lamps are by Nocturne Workshop but, refreshingly, all technology is simple. Lights have a switch! Curtains don't need a remote control!

Other things that delight: sleek bathrooms with grey metro tiling, gleaming silver taps and toiletries by REN. A 'Big Bar' with retro sweets and bottles of Sipsmith Gin (plus shakers and an encouragement to call down for ice and a slice). Pretty preserved ferns. Heavy blackout curtains. There is much to admire.

Room categories range from smallest Spare Rooms up to vast Master Bedroom Suites. The main difference is square footage, plus suites feature Roberts Revival DAB digital radios and a Nespresso machine (with fairtrade organic CRU Kafe capsules).

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Curated artwork
  • Desk
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • USB charging sockets
  • WiFi

Eating

The Henderson Bar offers an evolving all-day menu in the attractive bijou dining room. Continental breakfast includes fat pastries, Bircher muesli, and PRESS London juices (the kale, spinach, apple and celery mix is divine). If you want a lazy morning, get a tray delivered to your room and wake up over mugs of delicious organic CRU Kafe coffee.

Cakes, cocktails and light meals are served up throughout the day; all use seasonal British ingredients. Alternatively, the neighbourhood teems with great restaurants; ask the team for their recommendations. Especially popular is Ottolenghi (Middle-Eastern sharing plates, packed with fresh flavour) and The Shed (stunning quality farm produce).

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee tea making
  • Light meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating: Lunch on the Terrace
Activity:

Activities

  • Wander down Portobello Road, past an eclectic selection of shops (antiques, tat, chi-chi boutiques) and the famous pastel-coloured houses. Weekends are market days (Friday-Sunday); an early start is advised
  • Catch a film at the Electric Cinema, a 100-year-old institution. Leather armchairs and double beds make for a unique viewing experience!
  • Don't miss Les Couilles du Chien ('The Dog's Bollocks'), an amazing emporium of antiques and objets d'art
  • A pint at The Churchill Arms is a must - built in 1750 and loved by Winston Churchill. The exterior is festooned with floral bouquets and hanging baskets, some of which won awards at the Chelsea Flower Show
  • You're 10 minutes' walk from Hyde Park; picnic on the grass, stroll around the lake and go boating on the Serpentine

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Well being

Kids

Children are welcome and staff were extremely kind to our 1-year-old daughter, but it's not an obvious choice for families. There is no space for kids to run around; automatic front doors open almost straight onto the road, and furnishings are expensive.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Master Bedroom Doubles can fit a baby cot; Master Bedroom Suites can fit an extra bed or baby cot. There are 4 interconnecting rooms, which families will find useful.

Baby listening:

A baby monitor will stretch from some bedrooms to the dining room; enquire when booking.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots and high chairs.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Rooms
9/10
Food
9/10
Service
8/10
Value
9/10
Overall

Excellent room and location. Good value for money. Although breakfast is not included there are plenty of fantastic local cafes. The only disappointment was being accidentally overcharged twice.

8/10, , February 2017

We loved the quirky, spacious, modern design. Everything seemed new and clean and the staff were very engaging and helpful (we particularly loved Roscoe, the new food and beverage manager). I will say that in a few cases style trumped function... For example we had a very large bathroom where the bathtub was the visual focus, however the shower was so small that it was difficult to bend over to shave my legs. The location is perfect for using public transport (Tube and buses). You arrive on a very busy and commercial street, but turn the corner and are suddenly on a quiet residential one. We particularly liked Clarke's restaurant, which was a short walk away.

10/10, , October 2016

Staff at The Laslett were outstanding.

10/10, , August 2016

Good hotel, very friendly and helpful staff but our room was on the lower ground floor and we could hear plumbing noise from the room above.

7/10, , July 2016

Absolutely amazing. Moving forward this is my go to hotel in London.

10/10, , September 2015

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