Located on a quiet street on the edge of London"s magnificent Hyde Park and close to the West End and Paddington, this boutique hotel is the minimalist and latest creation of famed British designer Anouska Hempel. Ranked one of the world"s top 100 interior designers and architects, Anouska Hempel has also made a name for herself in landscape design and high fashion and has owned, designed, and managed several award-winning, luxury boutique hotels. Here at La Suite West, the aesthetic takes the shape of a stark temple of black and white, where clean lines meet sharp angles and sculptural forms. A corridor of inky-black marble floors leads guests up to an unusually long white marble reception desk. In the garden, crisp lines and sculptural forms that characterise the hotels interior are echoed in meticulously pruned plants, trees and hedges. Leading from the hotel restaurant, food and beverage service is available, making it the perfect location for mocktails or afternoon tea. La Suite West offers a selection of room types suitable for the short stay business traveller, couples looking for a luxury break, or families bringing their children to enjoy London. Swaths of black and white follow guests inside each room, where dark, individually crafted, four-poster beds and black rubber chairs are set off by whitewashed rooms and marble bathrooms. An infusion of Asian details, such as the thick, black, wood shutters in each room, add depth and a touch of Zen to the hotel’s design.