Hotel 55

In the suburb of Ealing, this 25-room hotel has an Edwardian exterior, but inside, a coolly minamalist design aesthetic rules.

By Alex Robinson, Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009, 10:12 AM

Hotel 55

About this Hotel

Price From $122

'Hood Ealing, a peaceful West London suburb with high-end Victorian homes and broad green spaces. The hotel is nine miles from the city center, close to the North Ealing Tube station, and a 10-minute walk to a Heathrow Connect transit stop.

The Vibe Public areas are coolly minimalist and decorated with original works by Saatchi gallery artist Sudhir Deshpande. A cozy lounge bar with small tables and suede seating allows locals and guests to mingle.

Rooms The 25 rooms are small but feel stylish, with design details such as LCD TVs, walnut headboards, and faux-Edwardian chairs by British celebrity designer Daniel Hopwood. Solo travelers can opt for even smaller rooms.

Plus The garden out back is a great place to relax with a book or a cocktail after a day's sightseeing, and the hotel has a Japanese restaurant, Momo, that's a hit with Japanese expats.

Minus The city center (with sites like Big Ben) is about a 30-minute Tube ride away.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Mastercard, Visa.

Details Doubles from $122 (£75), singles from $108 (£67), including breakfast.