The Nadler Hotel London, in elegant Kensington, is my London base over a very busy weekend in August. I’ve picked this newly refurbished hotel for it’s intriguing mission statement of ‘edited luxury’ – and an intelligent, thoughtful approach to sustainability, which puts the focus on creating longterm, greener communities, rather than making a big fuss about the latest eco toiletries, though they have those too! At The Nadler, it’s all about encouraging guests to go native, and explore the vibrant local community, thus putting money into local restaurants, cafes and places of interest – an idea which I find very appealing.
I like the location of this interesting, white washed former Victorian warehouse. The Nadler Hotel London is conveniently tucked away just five minutes from Earl’s Court Underground and is very easy to find. Once through the large, welcoming front door, you are greeted by acres of serene Farrow and Ball paint. This sets the tone, along with interesting black and white images, which ooze personality, rather than standard, generic, hotel furnishings, which can be utterly drab. While a vending machine on the first floor gives the hotel an air of funky utility. Though it’s a shame to hear from Robert, the hotelier, that healthy snacks are still less popular than junk food!
Personality and Charm
On first impression, I am struck by the genuine friendliness of the staff; I also like the intimate atmosphere of the hotel. The Nadler Hotel manages to appear both sleek and cosy, with an urbane, welcoming reception area. This acts as a vibrant focal point and relaxing place to graze, relax with a book or rendezvous with friends. The hotel is buzzing when I arrive, and is fully booked even on a Sunday, which is impressive.
The overall affect is one of charm, personality and comfort – something that seems so elusive in many modern chain hotels.
My Room with a View
I’m staying in a room that is described as an – ‘executive double’. For less than £200 a night in August, I have plenty of space, views over a patchwork of gardens and eureka! I am not staying in a sealed, airless box – I look forward to a sleeping with the windows open and the air con off, as it never fails to keep me awake.
The room is styled in calming, understated tones of off white with the flourish of a faux fur throw in chocolate and the bed is comfortably generous in size and the sheets crisp. Isn’t that just the best thing about checking into a luxury hotel? – clean sheets, no life laundry and no housework to do!
Green and Sexy Credentials
So now lets examine The Nadler Hotel’s green credentials. Robert Nadler, the former city whiz turned hotelier behind this small hotel group tells me he is determined to offer a better hotel experience. The Nadler doesn’t have a restaurant. Instead, guests are given lots of information on local restaurants, shops and cafes, so that their money supports the local community. Every room, no matter what size, includes a clever, compact kitchen, with tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and microwave, positively encouraging guests to bring their chosen food back to their room if they wish, and without feeling you have to sneak it in! I particularly liked the high quality London Tea Company teas in vibrant, colourful sachets. The one thing that would improve the lovely tea is a small jug of fresh organic milk in the refrigerator on arrival. Perhaps this could work on request. Soon, every room will have a Brita water tap – a brilliant idea, which is already in place at the sister hotel in Soho. The overall feel of this hotel is one of edited chic coupled with practicality. Luxuries are more in the practical details, than the provenance of the furnishings. On that note, there are plenty of sockets in the room for charging phones and laptop. Horray! There are no hidden extra charges for Internet use, or a morning newspaper, which comes as a digital download, with an impressive list of titles to choose from.
This all adds up to an experience where the traveller can relax and concentrate on the fun element of being away from home and enjoy not having to think about very much, apart from what to do and where to go.
Why I will be back
What really made my stay memorable was brilliant local knowledge. When I quizzed the friendly girl on reception for a super healthy, gourmet organic place to go for breakfast on Sunday morning, I received a letter under my door. Inside was a print out of the delightful menu for Down to Earth – an organic and raw food café on Kensington High Street – a veritable paradise for an organic girl, with a dizzy, delightful array of chocolate, Bircher muesli and superfoods with everything! When a hotel goes out of its way to make your stay memorable, the memory is priceless. I like the emphasis on all things local and community – I will be back.
To book The Nadler Hotel in Kensington or its sister hotel in Soho – www.thenadler.com Prices from £89.00 for a single room with kitchen, free wi-fi , morning newspaper and discounts with local restaurants.
There is a stylish outpost in Liverpool too – Base 2 Stay in Liverpool www.base2stay.com
London Tea Company www.londontea.co.uk
Brita Water Filters – www.brita.co.uk
Where to Eat – Down to Earth – www.downtoearth.co.uk
Breakfast: 8:00 – 12:00
Lunch: 8:00 – 17.30
Dinner (Set menu 2 or 3 Course): 18:30 – 22.00
Down to Earth Ltd.
240-242 High Street