Everyone loves a party but no one likes the early departure to get the last train home or in fact the journey home at all. So when I was invited to the launch party of Urban Villa and offered a room to stay I was all in. No costly taxis, no one to say when the last drink was to be had, and a bed a couple of storeys up. Excellent.
My room was on the 9th floor and really more like an apartment. Along with the usual bed and bathroom it also had a fully-equipped kitchen and a balcony with floor to ceiling panoramic views. It’s the kind of spacious, clean and modern room that would suit everybody but especially long stay guests who might be looking for a home cooked meal now and then and breakfast at a time of their choosing.
Urban Villa is a 100 room all suite boutique hotel in Brentford. The launch was held on 23rd January with live music, drinks a-plenty and the finest burgers known to man. It’s times like this and every time I see a piece of meat really that I’m glad I’m not a vegetarian anymore. They were glorious.
Urban Villa has a chilled, successful US vibe to it with thanks to the New York architects who designed the interiors, Malin + Goetz toiletries and the all-important Nespresso machine in each room. Local UK businesses such as BOKI Coffee Co. and art from Lazarides put a British stamp on Urban Villa ensuring it has character and personality from home soil.
Throughout the launch night there were treatment rooms and therapists giving massages and manicures on the tenth floor. There were also juices and cakes available and your next cocktail was never too far away. Win. Rooms I somehow missed during the launch included a sleep room where you could try out the different mattresses on offer at the hotel (soft, medium or hard) and a tequila room where guests could sample various types of tequila.
It was a great launch filled with personality and entertainment but one thing did let the evening down. Quite a few staff members we got chatting to all said “go easy on us, we only finished everything four hours ago”, “the staff haven’t been trained at all”, “a few things will go wrong tonight” etc. which I thought was completely unnecessary. Either be open and go for it, or don’t open until everything is finished and the staff is fully trained. Or wing it. Excuses were being made before they had to setting the hotel up to fail when actually there was no reason to, during my time there everything went perfectly.
Urban Villa opened for business the following Friday and is now a fully-fledged working hotel. If you’re nearby definitely drop in for a drink, or grab a coffee and settle with your laptop among the living wall in the open plan café/lobby/bar.
(I was a guest of Urban Villa)