The Petersham is not the normal business hotel the booking agency shuffles us off to.
It's a 19th century mansion overlooking the Thames in Richmond, probably the most expensive place to live in England. The place exudes olde-worlde charm and one half expected to see Miss Marple alighting from the lift or indeed George, Harris and J (not forgetting the dog) sculling down the river. There is little wonder that the hotel has, in general, got good reviews from abroad especially the U.S. as I can well see the appeal to a foreign traveller .
The room was clean and well maintained; unfortunately it was extremely stuffy as the central heating was full-on and there was no "off" control on the radiator. The hospitality tray, a normal talking point at this juncture, was conspicuous by its absence. However having read the blurb in the hotel leaflet, I find I could have ordered one from reception though quite why one isn't provided is beyond me.
The breakfast, bought to the table, was perfectly acceptable - the view from the restuarant over the Thames was excellent. This is a hotel where time runs slowly and not really suitable for the businessman; more for a relaxing and leisurely stay I think. The overnight cost was certainly at the high end of acceptable but what do you expect in a town where you can rent a house at £8,600 per calendar month?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At The Petersham, we believe that a proper night’s sleep is the most important part of anyone’s stay.- 8 miles from Heathrow Airport, Central London and the West End.- Easy access to A3, M3, M4 and M25 motorways.- 5 minutes to Richmond station – South West trains and District Underground Line.- Free parking.- Free WiFi.- Spectacular views over the River Thames and meadows.- The restaurant offers modern European cooking by award winning head chef Alex Bentley.Check in time from 14.00Check out time before 11.00Room types:- 5 single rooms- 37 double rooms- A wheel-chair friendly room- 15 River View double rooms- The PenthouseCancellation Policy:No charge if cancelled by 16.00 on the day before arrival. After this time, the room charge for the first night will be applied. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Petersham Hotel Richmond
- Hotel Petersham