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The simplicity of the building’s exterior and reception are made up for by the classy interior of the rest of the hotel. Large lavish couches span the lobby area, while a grand piano stands confidently between the bar and restaurant. After looking around, and noticing the dress code of the other guests, my Nikes, gym leggings and jumper didn’t seem to cut it.
Luckily I didn’t need a frock to make the most of the hotel’s spa facilities. The Chelsea Harbour Hotel has a fully-functioning gym, sauna, steam room and swimming pool that guests may use, free of charge. Plush robes and slippers are included, too. Fancy going the extra mile and treating yourself? There’s a vast menu of treatments and massages available for your pampering pleasure.
What’s in the area?
The hotel is located right next to Chelsea Harbour, and only a few minutes walk from the Thames. You’ll find many lovely bars, restaurants and cafés in the surrounding area, along with a scattering of parks.
What about brunch?
If I was going to sum up brunch in one word it’d be: immense. Immense but great. When we first sat down and looked over the menu, we thought we needed to choose a single item from the starters, mains, and either dessert or cheeseboard sections. Much to our surprise, we found out that we’d be eating the lot.
Warm olive-studded rolls and butter were followed by a platter complete with cured meats, olives, pickled onions, breads and a rocket salad with parmesan. This was enjoyed alongside another sharing plate with mussels, prawns, prawn cocktail, Caesar salad and a gorgeously smooth hummus. And that was just the starter.
The main course was a roast. Not just one type of meat, but three. Beef striploin, roast lamb and roast chicken were served alongside Yorkshires, roast potatoes, steamed veggies, sauces and generous jug of gravy. The meats were tender and juicy, the potatoes crispy and the gravy was mop-your-plate-clean good.
Our very friendly and attentive waiter gave us a much needed break between mains and desserts. Then out came another platter with mini Bakewell tarts, creme brûlée, chocolate profiterole and mango and passion fruit delice. We tried, and failed, to work our way through the selection of sweet treats. Much to my sadness we were unable to indulge in the cheeseboard – though by the standard of the courses that came before it, I can only imagine it was dreamy, cheesy perfection.
What’s in the room?
The Chelsea Harbour Hotel is London’s only suite hotel, so the room was rather a series of rooms. On entering, we found ourselves in a large lounge area with an extensive mini bar, coffee and tea station and a balcony over-looking the harbour.
We took a left into the bedroom. It was comfortably sized, minimal, with a marshmallow-esque bed taking centerstage. Topped off with an abundance of pillows.
How about the bathroom?
The bathroom was long, roomy and complete with his and her’s sinks, an electronically-controlled shower (I wasn’t sure about it either) and a bath. The toilet was separate, with a second located by the the front door.
What’s the damage?
Suites start from £188 per night, including complimentary wifi and use of the fitness and leisure facilities.
For more information on the hotel please visit the website.
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