This is a surprising hotel that boasts five stars. However, one is left with a feeling of just how on earth did the hotel gain these. The main issue with the hotel is its location, for the type of hotel it is trying to be, it is really inaccessible from the main city centre areas of the West End and Westminster. The best transport link is by train from Victoria to Clapham junction, and then a brisk 10 minute walk through a residential area, park and across a main road. Perhaps I am cynical as most five star guests will be travelling by car - when they can take advantage of the concierge parking, or alternatively, just arrive by helicopter at London Helicopter port which is adjacent to the hotel.
The hotel is one which i feel is striving to be five star rather than deserving of it at present. My booking was for a room with a city view, and I ended up with the view of the back of some buildings. I raised this with the reception, to be informed that one was not available, but i had been upgraded to an executive room.
It is entertaining to be able to sit in one of the hotel's restaurants and watch the travellers arriving by helicopter with their Harrods's bags. be warned however, the prices are not that reasonable. A glass of wine can set you back by as much as £12.00, the service is average and the food reasonable.
The only consolation is that fact that the price you will pay for a room here is much less than what you would expect to pay for a city centre location.
Overall, some improvements to service should be looked at, as well as some of the prices. Otherwise, i would recommend staying here as long as you don't mind the additional cost of getting into town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the south of the River Thames, adjacent to the London Heliport and within easy reach of Chelsea and Sloane Square; Hotel Verta provides the perfect destination when visiting the capital. From panoramic views of the River Thames, the intimate ambience and the very modern facilities, Hotel Verta has become London's most exclusive 'Hidden Gem'.The hotel's design, inspired by the Halcyon days of aviation, combines timeless elegance and the lobby is a striking double height atrium with a signature sweeping staircase up to the mezzanine level. All of the 70 bedrooms are fully furnished in a classic modern style, each with original artwork and the finest bespoke fittings.All day dining is available in the elegant Ambrosia located on the mezzanine level. A glamorous, fun and contemporary bistro/bar perfect for meeting friends and family for afternoon tea, informal meetings and after work drinks. As dusk falls, Champagne is the signature drink and guests can dine whilst admiring the views.The two level subterranean SPA Verta offering an innovative sanarium, heated loungers, steam room, sauna, gym and signature spa treatments, sets Hotel Verta apart from any London Hotel.Settings don't come much more inspiring than this, with the majority of our hotel meeting room facilities in London, featuring panoramic views of the River Thames and the London Heliport. Features include floor-to-ceiling windows and flexible inter-connecting options, when it comes to keeping you in touch; we have state-of-the-art audio-visual and telecommunications equipment, as well as wireless throughout. Hotel Verta offers 7 Meeting Rooms for between 12 to 200 delegates.Hotel Verta is the most wonderful, unique and romantic London hotel location in which to hold your wedding. For this very special occasion, we will enchant you with its addictive atmosphere and seductive environment, providing you and your guests with a magical wedding experience. The romance of Hotel Verta is beyond compare and has everything to make your wedding experience unique - superb cuisine, magnificent settings, meticulous and personalised service. The individuality of each couple is reflected in the smallest and most important details. Hotel Verta is licensed for civil wedding and civil partnership ceremonies with a dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator to help you organise the finer details of your special day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza London - Battersea England