We desperately needed a break from work and decided to book a spur of the moment overnight stay in our favourite UK city, (London) taking in a West End show (Jersey Boys) at the same time. My husband, as always, likes to surprise me with a great choice of hotel and this was no exception. Wow! A lovely place, bright, airy and modern building sited far enough away from the bustle of central London to give the all essential quiet time we needed, yet only a 'good' taxi ride from the 'action' of central London; quite different from our usual hotel of choice which is one of timeless elegance,with period features and usually set in the heart of the City. The hotel itself is set on the edge of the Thames right in the regenerated harbour area of Chelsea not far past Chelsea and Lambeth Bridges. It took about 35minutes in a Taxi from St. Pancras International Station and cost around £25.00 to get there. This is May Day bank holiday weekend traffic though and the roads were pretty jammed once we got to Trafalger square and along Whitehall etc. Hence, possibly, the time it took to get there. The reception staff were most courteous from the outset with front of house helping us with our overnight bags out of the Taxi and seating us at the check in desk. (No standing or queueing the be checked in, now there's a novelty) At this point I discovered my husband had booked a suite and then as we were told it was at the back of the hotel, he asked for a room with a view and all they had was the Penthouse... so, he booked it! The Kensington is the middle of three penthouse suites and the one which looks centrally over Chelsea Marina! Woah!! what a view!! The London Eye, The Shard, (from the lounge window only) Battersea Power Station, (complete in re-generation mode) and much more besides. The Kensington Penthouse consists of 'double doors leading into an entrance hall with cloaks cupboard complete with hangers and umbrella to the left, a small room with toilet and wash hand basin to the right. From the hall, to the left is a large elegant lounge with squishy comfy sofa and two chairs, wall mounted TV, marble fireplace, writing desk with phone, marble side area with mirror over, tea/coffee facilities, under counter fridge and cupboard with chargeable snacks in.( NO FREE BISCUITS! - or fruit in the fruit bowl- Come on chaps, its those finishing touches we all love that make all the difference)! The bedroom was off the lounge, An elegantly dressed, super-king bed, bedside tables and writing desk/dresser, plenty of space to walk around, leading to an inner hallway off which was a bathroom with separate shower with rainforest/drencher style shower head set in the ceiling and hand held shower head attachment. The bath was set with a TV into the wall at its foot, his and hers sinks, a half door with frosted glass into the toilet and bidet area. Back in the inner hallway, there was a neatly appointed dressing room complete with safe and plenty of hanging space/shelves before returning through another door back into the front entrance hall of the penthouse suite. The lounge and bedroom are all fronted by huge patio doors opening (the bedroom one wouldn't open while we occupied the suite) onto the balcony which overlooks the Marina. Lovely! The rest of the Saturday, we took a Taxi (£12.50) and went shopping passing through the Kings Road area en route to Harrods, getting out here and spending a few pleasant hours browsing the shops in Knightsbridge. After this we returned to the hotel for our pre-booked afternoon tea in the bar area -£25 per head- or £35 per head for the Champagne option- Everything was fresh and the sandwiches very tasty but we both felt the cakes were either far too sweet or too tart. I also had to ask for hot water to top up the tea-pot, (A standard at other venues) as the teapots came way ahead of the sandwiches and cakes, I have to say that although the experience was pleasant enough, we have had a better experiences with afternoon tea at other venues. We had a nightcap in the bar after our visit to the West End show (Taxi was £30.00 into Shaftesbury Avenue) but didn't make use of the hotel's Italian themed menu. However, breakfast was one of the best we have ever had! The hotel was full and the table waiting staff were clearly stretched, never the less, they were very helpful and they seemed to actually care that we had all we needed, so well done to you! (Just one oddity, one of the staff just couldn't wait to take our used cutlery and crockery away, the minute we put it down. This was a tad frustrating with the odd knife going flying as I desperately tried to retrieve it. The result was, I ended up buttering my last piece of toast on a saucer with an oversized knife... a minor detail and I saw the funny side. But if anyone at the hotel is reading this, please would you retrain some of your staff to be a little more patient please. All in all, a fab nights sleep and the desired result of two re-charged guests, ready to face the business world again! Thanks to Albert on the front desk and all the staff for making us feel so welcome! I sincerely hope we get to see you again very soon.
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- Elegant All-Suite Hotel located in the Chelsea Harbour on the River Thames, offering stunning views of the river & harbour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour Hotel London
- Wyndham London
- London Wyndham
- The Chelsea Harbour Hotel London, England