Family lunch booked here on the Sunday so we decided to stay over the on Saturday night as travelling some distance. Mistake.
The finest Georgian hotel in London? No way. The room was tired to say the least with a ghastly colour scheme. Tiny bathroom, shower had such low water pressure that it was impossible to wash my hair properly and the water was at best tepid, nowhere near hot.
Breakfast was just awful. Dreadful food, the most antique toast machine ever and the coffee had run out by the time we went down (9am, they serve through to 10.30) and wasn't replenished. Staff on duty snatched plates off our table wordlessly the second we finished. Went to a nice café further down the road for a coffee afterwards.
The family lunch was more of the same. A table booked some weeks ago for Sunday lunch had been set for....afternoon tea (at 1pm?!) so we were sent away while it was reset. The service was poor with half the table's food arriving well before the other half. If you like your food piled high and aren't too fussy about quality this is probably the place for you.
I don't have a good thing to say about this hotel. The only positive was that we discovered Chapters restaurant just down the road, where we ate on Saturday night - excellent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Clarendon Hotel overlooks historic Blackheath. This area of London is very special with Greenwich Park, the River Thames and many fine attractions to visit. Situated in Blackheath Village with its many special shops, cafes and bars to enjoy, the Clarendon offers a village atmosphere close to the O2 Arena (10 mins), Central London and Excel in Docklands. All rooms are en-suite with facilities such as the Meridian Restaurant, Nautical Chart Bar. Parking - the hotel has a front and rear car park, however these do get filled. For alternative parking, there is street parking or the Blackheath Village train station car park, which has CCTV. With Blackheath in front of the hotel, we are of course dog friendly. ... more less
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