I was looking for a boutique hotel for a weekend getaway with the wife for our wedding anniversary. I looked at many so called 'boutique hotels' in and around London and they were ridiculously over-priced. There was nothing special about them. I think the word boutique is just a posh way of saying 'small' in the hotel game!
However, I then stumbled across Hotel de Vie's website and thought - great - this is the type of place I have been looking for. Quirky and different. Let's go for it.
I did a quick google earth to see where the place is and admittedly was a little disappointed to see that it looked like a couple of semi-detached houses patched together but when we arrived we were pleasantly surprised. When you walk through the entrance you are greeted by a very contemporary, chiq bar and lounge. Beautifully styled and decorated. We initially wanted the Parisian Dreams suite because of the huge bath but as that was already booked we indulged in the Scarlet Suite which did not disappoint.
Beautifully decorated room. Large open bath with extremely powerful water pump - filled up in a couple of minutes! Very comfortable bedding and clean luxurious linen from Farnham's very own 'King of Cotton'! Great selection of free DVDs (there isn't THAT much to do in Farnham!). Huge TV, iPod docking station, private living area.
Breakfast was perfect. Staff and owner were very welcoming and friendly. Available when you need them and not when you don't. Very pleasant (and short) walk into Farnham town centre.
Like many, we would have liked to make our own coffee/teas in our room. I really don't want to be disturbing the staff if I fancy a late night cuppa. £190 per night is as much as I would pay for a small hotel but I think it was well worth the indulgence.
One final point: Some reviewers make this place sound a little 'seedy'. I really don't know why. The place is elegant and classy and if I hadn't read the reviews I wouldn't have even known there was a particular 'theme' to this place. Maybe I'm just naive!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel de Vie is a small boutique hotel of 8 en-suite rooms, just a short walk from the historic Farnham town centre, Farnham station, and a host of other local attractions. Hotel de Vie, Farnham, provides comfortable accommodation, with great staff, freshly cooked to order breakfasts, powerful showers, and lots of free snacks, hot drinks and treats. Affordable luxury in a friendly and relaxed environment that many guests keep coming back to. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel De Vie Farnham, Surrey