The location of Hotel Verta is not fantastic if you want to be in the centre of London, however we got the bus to clapham junction and walked from there(about 15 minute walk)...so transport links weren't too bad.
On arrival at Hotel Verta, we were a bit earlier than the stated check in time, we were hoping to just leave our luggage and come back later to check in, however the receptionist allowed us to check in early. Edyta advised us we had been given a free upgrade to a river view room. We went up to our room and were amazed at how lovely it was...we had a fantastic view of the heliport.
We had been in the room for about 5 minutes when the phone rang and it was reception checking that we were happy with the upgrade and whether the temperature was ok for us. We were more than happy with both the upgrade and the temperature of the room. No more than 10 minutes later, there was a knock on the door and we were greeted by a lovely gentleman who had brought my husband some complimentary chocolate truffles and a drink as we were there to celebrate his birthday. This was a lovely touch and certainly impressed us both.
We left the hotel to go to a musical, to be honest this was when we realised that the hotel is further out than it seems. With the help of a couple of buses and a black cab we made it to the theatre 5 minutes later than the start time but thankfully they let us in.
On our return to the hotel later that evening, we arrived in our room to find the bed had been made up(display cushions and throw removed) and on the bedside table there were 2 mugs and hot chocolate sachets with some little biscuits for us to enjoy...again this was a nice touch.
The husband decided to run a bath and this was when we discovered the luxury bathroom range of Molton Brown!
We watched a bit of tv whilst we were in the bath and enjoyed a relaxing evening watching helicopters come and go (the triple glazing was very good, we could only just hear the helicopters and they were right outside our window)
The bed was comfy, our only complaint was that the pillows weren't very comfortable...we still managed to have a good nights sleep though.
In the morning, we both had showers and whilst it was lovely to have a fixed shower head and a handheld shower head the water pressure was not very good.
When we went downstairs for breakfast we were greeted warmly and shown to a table near the window. The waiter took our order for drinks and toast and then advised us to help ourselves to either the cooked option or the continental breakfast. My husband chose the cooked option and said it was satisfactory, but certainly not the best breakfast he has had, he felt the quality could've been a bit better. I opted for some bread and fresh fruit salad, this was very nice and refreshing. The breakfast room was quiet and relaxing - very clean, light and airy.
We checked out at around 10am as we had plans for the day, the hotel were happy to store our luggage for us whilst we enjoyed the rest of our city break. We returned later that day to collect our luggage and used the free shuttle to sloan square to begin our journey home.
Overall we had a great couple of nights at Hotel Verta and we are likely to return again in the future purely for a relaxing break.
On returning to London for another theatre break we will probably choose a more central hotel, purely for convenience and to allow us more time in the city.
- 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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