Hotel Review: 40 Winks

Mimi ON Jan 07, 2010 AT 5:35 pm

40 Winks

40 Winks

By Eleanor Tucker

Off the beaten track and out of the ordinary, 40 Winks is like no place you’ll have ever spent the night before.

And there’s a reason that this stunning, four-storey house in Stepney Green looks like something from the pages of a magazine. It’s owned – and lived in – by David Carter, an interior designer, and is used by fashion photographers and film crews alike. You can see why: the flamboyant, eccentric décor and otherworldly, baroque quality to his home makes it quite the visual feast.

David likes having guests and as he often opened his door for the night to models, photographers and creative types, he decided to formalise this ‘bed and breakfast’ offering and call it 40 Winks. In his own words, it’s been a great success.

One of the 40 Winks Bedrooms

One of the 40 Winks Bedrooms

But what’s it like to stay there? Certainly no faceless hotel chain. When have you ever arrived at a Travel Lodge, been greeted by a beautiful young woman called Indigo, and asked if you’d like some slippers to put on? (They were hand-knitted, of course.) Both Indigo and David are very hospitable and friendly, and I was offered tea, helped with directions to my party and given an enormous, Alice In Wonderland-style key for when I returned later.

This said, the 40 Winks experience might not be for everyone. Because, as stunning as the setting is, you’ll need to make yourself at home, share a bathroom with other residents (there are only two guest rooms though), and help yourself to anything you need.

40 Winks Bathroom

40 Winks Bathroom

It’s more like staying in the home of a fabulous friend. But you’ll leave with only slightly less cash (it’s very reasonable), well rested (my bed was supremely comfortable) and feeling as though, for one night, you stepped out of the ordinary world and into one that’s much more special.

40 Winks
109 Mile End Road, Stepney Green
London E1 4UJ

Rooms start at £65 per night.

Telephone: +44(0)20 7790 0259
Fax: +44(0)20 7790 0259
Mobile: +44(0)7973 653944
Email: reservations@40winks.org

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