As a blogger, I have to travel to London really regularly.
It’s the hub of the UK, where everything happens. So, many brands and PR’s are based there, and events are constantly happening.
Travelling to London is great, I love heading to the big smoke. I’m a major city girl, so every time I’m there, I really feel its magic and I feel like I’m home.
It’s only a two hour train trip from where I’m based in Liverpool, so it’s not too far to get to whenever I need to go, however it can be so crazy expensive. The train trip is normally around £100 return (like literally, you can fly to Paris return for cheaper), and the accommodation normally costs an arm and a leg too. Especially if you’re like me and always want to stay somewhere at least half decent and would not put your big toe in a backpackers.
That’s why I was SO excited to come across Hotel Indigo. The boutique chain of hotels are luxurious, chic, ultra stylish, and best of all, affordable (rooms start at just over £100 a night!).
I stayed in Hotel Indigo last week with my fabulous friend Prim from Style Petal, in the affluent area of Kensington/Earls Court, and was completely blown away. From the immaculate service, to the contemporary decor, the hotel was a dream.
Here are all the things I loved about it.
Hotel Indigo is a two minute walk from Earls Court Station, which is so handy, especially if you have a few suitcases in tow (like I normally do). Earls Court is home to some great restaurants and pubs, but it’s also very close to well-known Kensington, and a 15 minute train ride to Oxford Circus and Soho.
Everyone was SO lovely
The staff were so, so, SO lovely!
Everyone was so accommodating and loved having a great chat and good laugh with us. I really believe you need to have friendly, welcoming and personable staff working at hotels, as guests want to feel like they’re home away from home, and I certainly felt like I was at home at Hotel Indigo Kensington.
I LOVED the room
We stayed in the Superior Oversized Queen Room, which was luxe! The colour scheme of the room consisted of blue, white and black, and the decor was a great mix of retro, classic and quirk.
The bed was super comfy, perfect for a fabulous night’s sleep. We also had a cosy lounge area with cute check-patterned sofas (very on trend sofas for A/W, if you ask me!). This area was lovely to chill and sit back and relax, while sipping a lovely cup of tea.
You know I love a good bathroom, and Hotel Indigo’s certainly nailed my approval. The bathroom was covered in glossy black tiles from floor to ceiling; had a huge shower, with a big shower head (my fave kind of showers); and the Bramley products they had in the bathroom were divine – I really wanted to take them home with me!
The decor was so stylish
With a mix of plush olive green velvet curtains, unique sets of lights, deep brown floorboards and mod furniture, the reception area was super glamorous. It’s one of the most stylish reception areas I’ve ever stepped foot in.
As you walk from the reception area to the restaurant, Theo’s Simple Italian, you’re taken from glamour to cool.
The restaurant’s decor is super funky, with exposed light bulbs, chevron patterned wooden boards on the walls, marble table tops and a retro selection of chairs. I sat in the restaurant for ages, as it was just too aesthetically pleasing for me to leave.
Right next to the restaurant, there’s also a little lounge area where you can go to sit back, relax and flick through Vogue, surrounded by a very stylish atmosphere.
Home to the most delish Italian restaurant
Hotel Indigo is home to Theo’s Simple Italian, which was the best Italian I’ve gone to in a long time. Prim and I came here for nibbles and wine the night we stayed at the hotel and we were blown away.
The restaurant has a lovely rustic vibe about it, and you really do feel like you’ve been taken away to Italy, which is so rare to find. We shared the parmesan and pear salad, bruschetta, and zucchini fries, and each dish was jam packed with flavour.
I ate at Theo’s again for a meeting the next day and we chose the same dishes, but this time added olives to the mix, which was a fantastic choice! I’m honestly still dreaming about the food, and have told my boyfriend we need to make a pitstop here for lunch or dinner next time we’re in London. The food is so tasty and authentic. Theo’s Simple Italian actually have masterclasses where you have a pasta making experience with Theo Randall, and I’m absolutely dying to take part!
You know I love my wine, and I was highly delighted with the montepulciano I sipped on. I’ve been searching for a good montepulciano for ages (supermarkets just don’t cut it with the wine selection), but Fantini Montepulciano D’Abruzzo was incredible!
Breakfast was filled with goodies
No matter what you feel like for breakfast, whether it’s porridge, fruit, pastries, cheese, eggs, avocado on toast, cereal, Hotel Indigo has it!
Depending how you feel you have the option of choosing either the buffet or a la carte breakfast, or both. I had the porridge with berry compote and enjoyed a croissant with brie, with my coffee afterwards.
Breakfast is served at Theo’s Simple Italian, so with the Italian feeling, the amazing decor and the yummy food, it’s certainly a lovely way to spend your morning.
I absolutely loved staying at Hotel Indigo Kensington, and already can’t wait to go back! The location is fantastic, the staff are so friendly, the decor is very ‘E-approved’ (meaning I LOVE IT!), the restaurant is delicious, and the rooms are clean, well-sized, comfortable and have a touch of luxe.
What I love most of all about this hotel, is that it embraces personality, character, creativity and design. Although Hotel Indigo is a chain of hotels (they’re part of IHG), they pride themselves on individuality and offering a boutique service, of which they do so well.
Thanks so much for having me, Hotel Indigo Kensington, I’ll see you again soon! Xx
Hotel Indigo Kensington is located 34 – 44 Barkston Gardens, London, SW5 0EW
Photography was taken by The Emasphere and Style Petal
Editor’s note: I was a guest thanks to Hotel Indigo, however all words, creative direction and opinions are my own.