Reviews of this hotel were favourable enough for me to book this for the night before my wedding, staying with my best-man. Upon arrival though it was clear the hotel was not suitable for such a stay.
The interior is very old, musky, cluttered with bric-a-brac and had a dusty feel. We were shown our room, given a key and told it opened the front-door as well, which raised suspicion that it also opened every other room door; far from confidence inspiring as to the security of the room.
The room was spartan and had the same aged interior as the rest of the hotel. The room was very dark, even with lights turned on and the bathroom was not somewhere I would want to spend a lot of time in.
Due to the poor state of decoration and darkness, it was clear we would not be able to have my wedding photographer meet us in the morning for getting-ready photos. They would not look good in the wedding album. We checked-out almost immediately but were told we had to pay the full rate. This isn't totally unexpected, but a discount would have been reasonable considering we would not have incurred them any cleaning charges as we hadn't used any facilities and they still had the option of renting the room at the last minute.
Positives; the hotel has friendly staff and a great location opposite the Thames and is within walking distance of Kingston town centre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hermes Hotel is a family run 17th century guest house offering bed and breakfast accommodation. We are located opposite the River Thames and a five minute walk to the town centre. It's position is ideal for taking a trip along the river to Hampton Court or Richmond. The Rose Theatre is a four minute walk from the Hermes, together with a wide choice of restaurants. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hermes Hotel Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey