As you step away from the bustle of Kensington High Street and into The Hux Hotel, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d wandered onto the set of a David Lynch film. Bright painted walls, quirky framed prints and a stuffed menagerie provide a welcoming, if slightly surreal, greeting.
The decadent touches extend into the cosy lounge. Exotic plants, velvet seating and a friendly peacock all add to an intoxicating experience. It feels a bit like you’re staying with an eccentric, bohemian mate – in the best possible way!
The quirky extravagance doesn’t end there. Each of the beautifully decorated bedrooms (starting from as little as £150 per night) provide a cosy, Quality Street coloured haven to relax in after a day’s shopping or sight-seeing. The signature rooms also offer a gorgeous view over Kensington Gardens. This welcome sense of space, right in the heart of the city, is perfect for people watching.
Indulgent treats including Penhaligons toiletries, a Nespresso machine and complimentary spring water make for an easy and comfortable stay. On a humid summer’s day, the powerful rain shower and soft dressing gowns were also very welcome before collapsing into an incredibly comfortable bed.
If you’re after a full-on London-living experience, there are four luxury suites offering a relaxing home from home. These are surprisingly roomy with two good sized bedrooms and separate dining, kitchen and living areas. You’ll never want to leave!
Back in the lounge and there’s an extremely well-stocked bar and impressive drinks menu featuring themed signature cocktails. I enjoyed a (perfectly mixed) G&T before moving onto a plate of delicious, fresh sushi. A word of warning though – even the smallest selection is better shared. The servings are very generous! And don’t forget to check out the extensive range of whiskies, tequilas and cocktails for a cheeky nightcap.
This boho space is the perfect setting to listen to some of the best live music that London has to offer. From Wednesday to Saturday you can kick back and enjoy smooth sounds from up-and-coming talent before they become Glastonbury famous.
Whether you’re catching a concert at the Albert Hall (pretty much next door) or shopping yourself senseless on the High Street, The Hux Hotel provides a decadent sanctuary with a touch of hedonism and best of all, luxury at a surprisingly affordable price.