Wyndham Grand London - Chelsea Harbour

Chelsea Harbour, London, England, SW10 0XG

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#38 of 80
expert-rated hotels in London
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Location:
4
4.0
Bedrooms:
4.8
4.8
Eating/drinking:
4.2
4.2
Public areas:
4.1
4.1
Leisure facilities:
4.1
4.1
Service:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Travellers with pets, Chilling out, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Wyndham Grand London - Chelsea Harbour

A sumptuously furnished all-suite hotel in a tranquil waterside location.

With its show-off marina, luxury homes and famous residents, I've always considered Chelsea Harbour the perfect place to set a crime novel - and this glamorous, 154-suite hotel could easily play a major part. The atmosphere is more international than London, more riviera than metropolis, yet there's no doubting the space and comfort of the rooms. Add in a high-spec spa, a respectable restaurant and efficient service, and you can see why it's so popular with well-heeled visitors who like to be close to the city but not right in it.

Location: 

Chelsea Harbour is a moneyed enclave on the north bank of the Thames, midway between Wandsworth and Battersea Bridges. It seems isolated but two Underground Stations are a short bus or taxi ride away, while the Overground station Imperial Wharf is right next door. There is also a peak hour river boat service from a nearby pier and a car park in the complex (charges apply). Most guests choose to be here precisely because the hotel has a restful waterside setting. However, it is not right on the river - your bedroom views will either be southeast to the adjacent, gin-palace-filled marina, or northwest across the domed roof of the Chelsea Design Centre.

Bedrooms: 

The star attraction of this hotel is its five-star suites, which are elegant, spacious and very easy to relax in. The design is well thought out and the decor of warm colours - pale lemon walls, russet and tan upholstery - unintrusive. Bathrooms are marbled with both bath and shower, plus - a rare and commendable touch - his and hers toiletries. The hotel has eight floors - the best views are from the suites on the sixth and seventh levels, along with a crowning eighth which has four extravagantly decorated penthouses. My favourites are those classed as Marina which come with a balcony and absorbing views of the river, marina and luxury residences opposite.

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Public areas: 

The lobby is a large, glossy affair filled with plush, mushroom-coloured armchairs and a miscellany of questionable art. There are a few upmarket shops and a small business centre behind a glass screen. Steps lead up to the curved bar and restaurant. The result is more swanky than tasteful.

Eating and drinking: 

The TwentyTen restaurant looks onto the marina and is a smart and inviting space with bare wood tables, chairs upholstered in blue and cream, and a classical-leaning menu with interesting dishes such as braised halibut with pearl barley. Wines are pricey. Breakfast is also served here, either à la carte or as a 'tasting table' (effectively a buffet with assistance).

Leisure facilities: 

The newly refurbished Blue Harbour Spa includes a 17-metre swimming pool. Facilities include a gym, sauna and steam rooms, hair salon, café, relaxation lounge and six treatment rooms offering high class therapies administered by experienced staff. Men will feel welcome here.

Service: 

The uniformed staff and waiters are efficient; the spa therapists are caring and knowledgeable; concierge and turn-down services are included. Pets are welcome (charges apply).

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Who stays there: 

Wealthy business and leisure guests, footballers, shoppers and romancing couples. The hotel is often used for top flight conferences, weddings and functions, and in summer also attracts long-stay visitors from the Middle East.

Price advice: 

Rates generally exclude VAT. Breakfast costs £19 for Continental, £23.50 for Full English, excluding service. There is an extra charge for in-room WiFi.

Pros: 
Spacious suites
Peaceful waterside location
Cons: 
Not central
Expensive

More information on Wyndham Grand London - Chelsea Harbour:

Price from:
£103
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Chelsea Harbour, London, England, SW10 0XG
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
Chelsea

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