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May 30, 2010

Hotel reviews: Sunborn Yacht Hotel, London, UK

The Sunborn Yacht Hotel is located some four miles east of London Bridge, docked on the north bank of the River Thames, close to the London Docklands Arena, the Canary Wharf business area and right next door to the ExCel Conference and Exhibition Center. It is just a few minutes from the City of London airport and there is a London Docklands Light Railway station just opposite it.

Ultimately this is not a location I would recommend to visitors to London; it is some way from the city center and even if you are attending an event at the ExCel Center, there is so little in the area that you must rely solely on the facilities of the Yacht Hotel.

That being the case, do the facilities come up to scratch?

The approach to the Sunborn Yacht Hotel is fairly modest. No big signs, a small entrance – two revolving doors and straight into the lifts which take you to reception on the first floor/deck. The reception area is rather impressive, if flash. there are lots of mirrors, a curving marble-effect desk and lots of lights. The reception area is contained within the “Yacht Club” bar – a rather grand name for the central lobby! However, it is a comfortable area with plenty of seating and a good bar serving some fantastic cocktails. At around 5.00 a time they aren’t cheap but much less than in a central London hotel. You can also buy hot drinks and light snacks here.

We were checked in with the minimum of fuss but had to find our own room. The corridors were clean and tidy with doors at each end that closed gently rather than banging shut.

There are 102 ‘Yacht Suites’ and two luxury ‘Royal Suites’ (these have separate bedroom and living areas as well as being much larger with a proper balcony).

Our room, or should that be ‘cabin’, was larger than we expected – about 28 square meters and comprised a bedroom/living area and a separate bathroom. The Sunborn describes the rooms as having balconies – the doors do open out but there isn’t even enough room to get a chair out onto the balcony! Our cabin was land-side – the view of the car-parking area wasn’t exactly inspiring!

The bed was large and comfortable though there wasn’t much room to walk around it. The lounge area had a comfortable sofa, a mini-bar, a television showing the five main British channels plus a couple of satellite news and sport channels and a desk with an Internet point. All the usual equipment such as a hair drier, a trouser press and a kettle (with tea bags and coffee) was provided.

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