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THE TOWER HOTEL - For A Super City Break!
Our travel journalist Jenna Powell experiences a great time at the Tower ....
There’s so much going on in London and with the Kent high speed link you can be there in no time at all. A short break away to London can be perfect for all sorts of reasons ... exploring the sights, a bit, or lots of, retail therapy, take in a show, celebrate a special occasion or simply to get away and relax. For whatever reason you choose your accommodation needs to be spot on!
I recently experienced a weekend break at the luxurious Tower Hotel - it certainly made my weekend and I would highly recommend a stay here.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
The Tower Hotel is part of the Guoman company who have an exclusive collection of hotels in central London. The Tower Hotel is a 4 star luxury hotel boasting a perfect location at the heart of London, surrounded by centuries of history and outstanding architecture. The hotel’s ideal location allows you to take in the unique breathtaking views of two of London’s most iconic landmarks and World Heritage Sites – Tower Bridge and The Tower of London as well as providing panoramic views of the River Thames and St Katharine’s Docks. The Tower Hotel is also conveniently situated near South Bank, the City, the O2 Arena, Canary Wharf and ExCel and with excellent transport links getting out and about from The Tower Hotel is no problem at all.
THE HOTEL’S FACILITIES
The Tower Hotel prides itself on having an outstanding level of customer service, and certainly for me they ticked all the right boxes! The Hotel caters for every individual need and preference; with nothing being too much trouble! There’s a wide range of superb facilities ranging from state of the art gym facilities to exclusive relaxing lounges. Every room at The Tower is designed to reflect the building’s individual architecture, style and character. There’s an abundance of natural light and I found the hotel to be vibrant and contemporary.
All rooms are spacious with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, Egyptian cotton bed-linen and wireless broadband internet access. Room service is also available 24 hours a day. You will also find a range of finishing touches in your room to make your stay just that little bit more luxurious! I had a Premier Executive room for my stay and this gave me exclusive access to the Executive Lounge on the 5th floor. Here I was able to relax to the backdrop of magnificent views surrounding the hotel with complimentary beverages, snacks and pastries available throughout the day along with complimentary Wi-Fi and daily newspapers and private check in and out.
RESTAURANT AND BAR
When staying in London why look any further than your hotel for dinner, especially when it’s of the standard offered by The Tower! I had dinner at The Brasserie Restaurant and had a truly superb dining experience! The Brasserie is a modern, welcoming restaurant with great food and excellent service whilst you continue to enjoy the sensational views of this part of London. The Brasserie is Guoman’s flagship restaurant and the menu reflects the diverse culinary influences of their head chef and his team. With its relaxed atmosphere and informal dress code, The Brasserie was an excellent choice. Next to The Brasserie is the Xi Bar & Lounge and this is a perfect place to relax. With a wide selection of light snacks, beers, wines and cocktails, this was an oasis of calm in busy London!
All too soon my weekend city break was over. I had a wonderful time made all the more perfect by the friendly and professional team at The Tower Hotel. You can book a break for two at The Tower from £109 per night including breakfast and VAT. Have a look at their website for more information and to see more photos and a video tour.
The Welcombe Hotel and Stratford-upon-Avon
Our travel editor, David Powell, visits the Welcombe Hotel in Shakespeare country an ideal country house getaway .......
Shakespeare Country - The Heart of England
Stratford-upon-Avon is a picturesque town beautifully situated on the River Avon with a wealth of black and white timber framed buildings. There’s so much to see and do here on a short break. This was my first time in Stratford-upon-Avon and I found that a great way to get the layout and feel of the place was on the open top City Sightseeing bus which I joined at the Pen and Parchment Inn at the end of the High Street.
This is of course the birthplace of William Shakespeare, the world’s greatest playwright, and a lot of the attractions are focused on his life. You can visit and stroll around the house where he was born and grew up and where he spent the first five years with his new wife. There’s Nash’s House and New Place where Shakespeare died in 1616, and Hall’s Croft, an elegant 17th Century house where his eldest daughter Susanna lived with her husband Dr John Hall. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage is another popular tourist attraction – a beautiful thatched farmhouse where Shakespeare’s wife once lived, and any reference to Stratford-upon-Avon wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company and the magnificent 1030 seat Courtyard Theatre.
On The River
After exploring the town centre with its good selection of shops, restaurants and tea rooms it’s well worth seeing Stratford-upon-Avon from the river. There are regular cruise boats available where you can experience a 45 minute relaxing trip with a tour guide on board You’ll find a lot more information on the area by visiting the website
The Menzies Welcombe Hotel Spa and Golf Club
I stayed at the Welcombe Hotel for my visit and to be honest I can’t rate this hotel highly enough. Luxury 4 star accommodation offering some of the finest leisure facilities in the heart of England. This hotel is ideal for a short leisure break, perfectly located for the Shakespeare connections, the beautiful Warwickshire countryside and the Cotswolds close by.
The hotel itself is a magnificent Jacobean style country house which still retains many of its historical features from when it was built in 1866. With 157 acres of beautiful parkland around the hotel the gardens and views are outstanding. The hotel is rightly acknowledged as one of the leading country house hotels in the heart of England.
There are 78 luxurious bedrooms ranging from the contemporary air conditioned garden rooms with iMac’s and flat screen TV’s, to the stunning four poster rooms and suites, many of which are furnished with 19th century antiques and oil paintings.
There’s an impressive oak-panelled lounge with inviting sofas and a grand open fireplace and here you can simply relax or perhaps, like me, enjoy a stylish afternoon tea. The lounge leads into the hotel’s award winning a la carte restaurant with its breathtaking views over the beautiful Italian gardens and water features. Because of the layout and design of this ornate restaurant, all tables benefit from the light and view.
Prices vary at the hotel with Standard rooms starting from £112 to £215 per night. Executive rooms range from £152 to £255 per night. Suites which include a lounge go from £172 and £275 per room per night and Four Poster rooms start from £212 and £315 per night. For more information visit:
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