It was a cold winter evening and we needed a cozy double room in close vicinity.A hotel, where we stopped for a drink was fully booked, we started our search. Very shortly we came across White Hart on Laterooms. We liked what we saw and decided to go ahead. Internet connection was not that good, we had to ring them. A friendly welcoming voice on the phone confirmed room availability and the price was matched to what was advertised on Laterooms. We were there in 20 minutes, not expecting much and that's where all the miracle began.
Receptionist was even lovelier than she sounded on the phone. Nothing OTT, but genuine friendliness, naturally relaxed light banter, which happens only between close friends and puts everyone at ease - professional hospitality which I encountered mostly in good old Britain and in some European hotels. In 5 minutes we were in our room. The room itself and the bathroom were clean, cozy and unexpectedly spacious, everything in perfect working order, very comfortable bed, warm duvet, 2 electric heaters, which warmed up the room in no time. We ordered room service. It was delivered promptly, service was exceptional. What a treat it was! Olives were the most delicious I've eaten in a very long time, I could not have enough of balsamic vinegar dressing. Goats cheese salad was to die for, and, be warned, house red was divine and dangerously drinkable. I could not fault my dinner, biggest compliments to the chef. If one can make something as perfect as it was even more perfect, I would only wish for more bread with my dressing and tea/coffee making facilities in the room. There did not seem to be any.
All in all, we loved it. It came at a bargain price of 55£ per double room per night with complementary use of Virgin active with swimming pool. Thank you, White Hart, thank you, Laterooms. If you have not decided what to do for Valentine's yet and have a day to spare, I strongly recommend it. A big traditional pub in the past, refurbished into a hotel, White Hart confidently competes with boutique hotels. It is located only a throw away from beautiful Thames Path with Hampton Court, buzzing shopping center and 2 train stations, all nearby. Typically British, utterly charming. I hope to be back.
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Happy Valentine to all, mine has started at White Hart ;o).
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