You know you’ve booked well when you get a warm chocolate-chip cookie upon arrival. The Hilton know the way to a Mermaid’s heart!It almost made up for the £20 overnight parking fee at a lot 2 minutes away. Although the Bentleys and Lamborghinis sandwiching my hire car made good eye candy.
Thankfully, I got smart on this trip. The ‘cheap and not so chic’ place I’d organised from Booking.com during my stay 2 years ago, ended up to be a VERY dodgy listing indeed. The taxi driver couldn’t even find the “guesthouse”; there was an old mattress outside and no doorbell. Live it, learn it! It was time for an upgrade. That’s what your 30’s are for, right?!
Before choosing to stay at Hilton Hotel, I had my eye on dinner at The Harwood Arms gastropub in Fulham. Aka, the only Michelin Starred pub in the city. I then knew that the ONE night I had to stay in London had to be suave and free of bad choices.
Thankfully, you can’t really go wrong with:
b) The Hilton brand.
In fact, the two together is possibly the best mid-range option you can get in one of the best parts of London.
I love staying in Notting Hill, but value for money is like trying to find a short queue in Ikea on a Saturday. It rarely happened and when it does, there’s always a problem with the person’s purchase in front of you.
Most offerings in NH are in in large Victorian townhouses where squeaky floorboards, box rooms and extremely modest/run-down interiors are as common as rats before the Great Fire of London.
It was time for plan B.
Location, Location, Location
A huge perk staying in Chelsea is the situation. It’s relatively quiet for an exclusive London location, which made it a pleasure to meander through. The hotel is slap bang in Imperial Wharf, a newer development (for the city’s standards) that sits on the north bank of the Thames, adjacent to Chelsea harbour. If you’re a runner, this is a great set-up for you.
Plus, you have Kings Road and Fulham on your doorstep. Need I say more?!
Value for Money
The room sizes are pretty generous for London and the quality is as you would expect from a reputable brand. It was definitely not the basement ‘box’ room I experienced in Notting Hill and DoubleTree is squeaky floorboard free!
The rooms were well-furnished, modern and for the 3rd floor, even presented a nice view of the city.
It was not ‘cheap’ considering we paid an extra £20 for 1 night’s parking. But when factoring the quality of the hotel, sought after location, high standards AND busy time of year, the room was well worth the £120.
It’s also pretty neat when, after a great experience somewhere, something happens that ensures good memories are lasting ones. After doing my customary review through Booking.com, I rated the hotel highly but mentioned the parking experience as a partial negative (as it was also not the most convenient to get to.) To which an unexpected email came through from management to say I will receive a complimentary upgrade when I next visit. Aww, guys!
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, London- Chelsea
- Travel Tip: book early to avoid disappointment.
- Transportation to anywhere Central/ West London and walking around is easy from here. If possible, avoid hiring a car to bypass the £20 per night charge.
- Check out their reviews HERE.