The respected travel trade group, TTG, have published their review of Hotel Rafayel in their Luxury travel section:
London's first eco-luxury hotel? by Philippa Jacks
"...Hotel Rafayel, which had a soft opening in December, is described on its website as “one of the world’s first environmentally-conscious luxury hotels". Rather a bold claim, but the measures taken to ensure this new hotel has a minimal carbon footprint are impressive...
"But Hotel Rafayel has not splurged on green technology at the expense of style and quality. Colour schemes are sophisticated and moody, with luxurious fabrics, heaps of throw-cushions, and beautiful sculptures scattered throughout the property...
"The Asian-inspired Banyan on the Thames restaurant was exceptional. I enjoyed delicious Cromer crab with mango, and 'Mongolian warrior's lamb' and very slick and friendly service. Breakfast in the small brasserie was also impressive, with a tasty spread of fresh-baked bread, fruits, meats and cheeses plus an extensive menu of cooked items. I loved Mychelle's Baketique, an onsite bakery with irrisistable displays of cupcakes in all sizes, colours and flavours.
"The gym features top-notch equipment and there's also a sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy pool. In lieu of a swimming pool, there's a swimming machine with an adjustable current. The spa stocks organic and vegan Ama La and Neom products and the therapist include one trained acupuncturist and a nutritionist too..."
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