My company, which is based in London, booked a two-day meeting at the Petersham, so it was a real treat for us Yankees. It was quite a long drive from Gatwick and in the dark we couldn't see much. The hotel is charming, old-world, and apparently we got upgraded to a great river view. We had 4 floor-to-ceiling windows which afforded wonderful views of the Thames and the neighboring cows. It was pastoral. The room itself was quite large, larger than we're used to in the States, and the bed was very comfortable.
When we checked in, we weren't told anything, so we went back downstairs and met "Robin," an older gentlemen who asissted us for half an hour or so. We had a dysfunctional light in the bathroom, plus we could not figure out how to turn off the ancient radiator. Poor Robin had to get down on his stomach and show us how to turn the knob to the off setting. It probably took an hour until the heat switched off. It was mid-October and chilly outside, but we found the hotel quite warm and we never turned the radiator on again. In fact, we mostly kept the windows open a bit, which encouraged us to look at the beautiful view.
The dinner was elaborately prepared, the food quite good. We enjoyed the breakfast, especially the view.
We felt that we had been entitled to a charming bit of old England, and even enjoyed reading all the plaques and looking at all the old photos downstairs by the meeting rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At The Petersham, we believe that a proper night’s sleep is the most important part of anyone’s stay.- 8 miles from Heathrow Airport, Central London and the West End.- Easy access to A3, M3, M4 and M25 motorways.- 5 minutes to Richmond station – South West trains and District Underground Line.- Free parking.- Free WiFi.- Spectacular views over the River Thames and meadows.- The restaurant offers modern European cooking by award winning head chef Alex Bentley.Check in time from 14.00Check out time before 11.00Room types:- 5 single rooms- 37 double rooms- A wheel-chair friendly room- 15 River View double rooms- The PenthouseCancellation Policy:No charge if cancelled by 16.00 on the day before arrival. After this time, the room charge for the first night will be applied. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Petersham Hotel Richmond
- Hotel Petersham