We got a last minute room overlooking the Thames and it was fantastic. Granted, the floor boards creak a bit but you expect that in an old building and it just adds to the charm. The bathroom was perfectly stocked, lovely toiletries and everything is clean and fresh. The tea/coffee making facilities are great with plenty of choice.
The bed is really comfortable and it was a surprisingly large room. We were expecting much smaller given the age of the building. The room was the right temperature given we were staying there in early November (brrr).
Before going out for sushi (at the brilliant Sushi Nara) we enjoyed a quick jar of Pride. Lovely. My husband is originally from London and really enjoyed the real taste of a Fuller's....so, if you get a chance, definitely stop for a beer at the very least! It's a really nice atmosphere and the place was packed even on a Tuesday night, which does tell you something about the reputation!
We had a glorious, leisurely breakfast the next morning. Everything is available that you would want and the smoked haddock was divine as was the Full English.
When we are in Staines again, we will definitely stay here. It beats the corporate, stifling (and very overpriced) hotels in the area! You get a sense of England at the Swan, at a good price, lovely staff and good beer. Fantastic!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 16th Century hotel in Staines, The Swan sits serenely on the Thames, serving up blissful river views, fine food, delicious drinks and stylish accommodation. Recently refurbished to supreme standards, it’s a place where old and new come together to stunning effect. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Swan Hotel Staines
- Swan Hotel London