Had seen many mixed reviews ranging from ecstatic to "Dont touch with a bargepole" Previously knew the area very well and as its bang on the Victoria line thought it would be great for zipping around on the quickest transport route, given only a stay this time of two nights.Sure, the check in isnt till three but thats what it said on the tin and the swimming pool(heavily scaffolded )was nearing a rectification of the fault that caused closure, so no surprises there.None of the hustle and bustle found in London hotels but a quiet period building ..as if it was ones own apartment in a residential block.It was school half term holiday so the sdhool opposite was closed so it was particularly quiet on Chichester Street, yet if open would add to the interest.
Accomodation was a one bed apartment on the sixth floor and it was excellent in every way with superb views over London and to the river at vauxhall.The apartment was spotless, warm and spacious with a lobby with small kitchenette of fridge, microwave and sink/storage with the basics you would expect ie glasses, cups, wine glasses,cutlery plates big and small and bowls, two of each.
Bedroom was great especially the king bed and linen( the best i have seen in a long time and tasteful), massive storage/hanging space x2 and great flat screen TV @32" that worked perfectly.Lighting flexible, bedside, wall and central lighting.Loads of sockets, hairdryer and iron.All this nonsense of two beds zipped together!! That is how it is done in most hotels in Ireland and Europe even in the 5 star Fota Islandand we had no problem in enjoying this and were bewildered by peoples online comments regarding this.Also it allows flexible bedding for peoplke needing a twin bed set up.So stop the moaning.
Bathroom was huge and pristine and shoswer/bath excellent and two sinks a nice touch.Bath towels were the best, biggest and fluffiest we have encountered on our extensive travels in Europe and the constantly heated towel rail was great. Room could do with an extractor yet due to the paned sash windows in this period building , it is not necessary as we found in our own house in London in the past.Dont look for aircon (its unhealthy anyhow!)rooms need airing, thats how its done so just be flexible and open windows a little as the rest of the peoplke who live in such properties do.One word of caution! mthe building is massive and period so the water is REALLY HOT but little labels tell you so, but easily regulated in the shower ...and it never runs out!
Sitting room had a circular dining table and chairs, writing desk, great uphostered couch continuing the purple theme(Like Premier Inns but classy!)and another large flat screen TV.
The place is so unlike a hotel and as mentioned just like having your own apartment!
There are two superfast lifts and its an easy place to negotiate.
Staff are SOooo friendly and accomodating and many people we spoke to had been upgraded without asking, now how strange is that!!Rooms are serviced daily to "as at occupation" which was great to come back to a wonderfully made bed each evening and a pile of rolled fluffy towels.
Didnt use the restaurant or leisure centre but facilities looked great and well maintained and if you must swim, the Queen Elizabeth Sports centre and Oasis pool are not too far away.
There is a great quaint little shopping mall on the ground floor with absolutely everything you might want as well as a bijou Cafe, and if you cant find it there there is a Tesco Extra a few minutes away and other all in one open all hours type shops.Restaurants nearby and in Tachbrookk street and all the way to Victoria in a "Villagey" setting with countless choices,Just hop on the 24hour 24 bus across the road .Victoria line took us to the theatre in a matter of mins and the 24 will bring you virtually outside the door if you take fulll advantage of the night life and stay out till tghe early hours.No need to bother with taxis.
The area is very safe and has a residential feel and ambience with none of the frenetic activity and crowds of wheelie case bemused tourists as in Victoria and elsewhere.
If you are into art, the Tate Britain is only a few minutes brisk walk along the river.
So what was wrong with it? well,...we only had two nights and would have loved seven or more!.
We had hoped to meet the elusive asst manager Wayne Mortensen to show our appreciation but he seems a busy man and no wonder in such a huge property. Keep up the good work with your staff Wayne, you have an absolute gem there and....hope the pool is completed when we return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dolphin House offers a range of contemporary serviced apartments in a quiet residential area. Set around three and a half acres of idyllic gardens along the River Thames, just a short distance from Central London. A selection of apartments are available from economy singles to 1bed 2 bed and 3 bed apartments. Dolphin House is on the north side of Dolphin Square Village with its 1069 residential apartments, Bar and Grill, Lounge Bar Sports and Fitness Club and brand new Moroccan Inspired Spa, The Spa in Dolphin Square. The facilities are open to all.All Just 5 mins walk from the nearby Pimlico tube, just 3 stops (7 mins) on the Victoria line to Oxford Circus. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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