When possible, I try to stay in an independent hotel, rather than a chain as the décor tends to be more creative and less ‘safe’, the service more personal and the food less staid.
It was the other half’s (TOH) birthday and were determined to venture into town for dinner and stay over. Having previously attended a dinner at The Richmond, it seemed like a good choice, the décor, service and food were impressive.
We checked in with ease around 4 pm on Saturday and were very pleased with our Junior Suite and appreciated the additional space with a well-equipped kitchen and dining areas. The main attraction for TOH was the super-sized flat screen TV in the lounge area. In the bedroom, a slightly smaller one donned the wall in front of the superking bed which was carefully made with Egyptian cotton sheets.
A few glasses of fizz enjoyed on our terrace, followed by an AMAZING power shower in the marble bathroom, which had an art deco feel, outfits ‘to boot’ and we were ready for a drink at the hotel’s bar. I played it safe from the bold black and white décor with blue lighting and opted for a glass of Pinot Grigio, which unfortunately wasn’t quite chilled enough for me, nonetheless went down well.
We ventured out for dinner, but returned a couple of hours later to our suite, cracked open another bottle of fizz followed by a very comfortable, peaceful night’s sleep. So much so, that we didn’t quite make it to breakfast and enjoyed a coffee, fruit and more fizz on the terrace. After all, it was TOH’s birthday!
After a late checkout out, without delays, we grabbed another coffee in the lounge and reflected on what was a very pleasant and relaxing stay at an affordable rate with rooms starting from £99 per night. We’ll definitely be staying again and might even book on for one of their ‘Murdery Mystery Dinners’ which apparently are great entertainment!
The Richmond Hotel
24 Hatton Garden
Tel 0151 236 1220