Tuesday, 25 May 2010

More thumbs-up for Rafayel

“Pure bliss”
taz0387 7 contributions
London, United Kingdom
May 22, 2010 | Trip type: Couples

I wanted to treat me and my boyfriend to a weekend in a hotel after working long hours all week. After looking at all the options i decided to go for Rafayel because of the location, how modern it was and because of the good rates at the time.

The check in was very qwick and i was shown straight to my room after paying. I was offerd if i would like any bags carried, the desk clerk was very freindly and asked how i was (general chit chat). I was actually already very happy with my choice from just stepping out of the lift and already thought the hotel had the wow factor. The corridors were covered in the thickest bounciest carpets, leather sofas, large tvs on da walls and this was all before id even seen my room.

The room was amazing and i didnt expect so much space in the room we had a massive bed which felt much larger then a queen size, a sofa, table, 32in flat screen tv,mini bar, celing to floor windows,a huge bathroom with a double shower with jets and a bath with a tv but didnt work at the time because of the soft opening.

The restaurant served very nice food and would highly reccommend the steak and rafayel special if you like cocktails plus if your staying in the hotel you get 20% off which was handy as prices wernt cheap. It also overlooked the river thames.

The Hotel has loads of other services which are very handy and we used their next day dry cleaning on a shirt and was only somthing silly like £2 but was just nice to get back after work and it was there pressed and hanging in the wardrobe.

They also have a little cupcake store opposite the reception desk. £2 each for a cupake with all different flavour icing and decorated so nicely. lovely !!

Last but not least i just have to say the location is lovely the hotel is rite on the river thames and is perfect to take a long stroll or go for a morning jog. Also outside the hotel theres a bustop which the 170 bus will take you straight to Victoria station.

We loved this hotel sooo much that 2 weeks later we were back again and all the staff remembered us which was nice and upgraded our room for free.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone and definitely will be returnig soon.

“One of the best hotels in London!”
A TripAdvisor Member
May 20, 2010

Rafayels is a beautiful hotel in a great location overlooking the river onto Chelsea.
I loved the shisha lounge and the Japanese garden. Ideal for summer parties or soirees. Rooms are modern, elegant quiet and spotless and the Banyan Tree (the bar and restaurant) is a good place to relax and make new friends or just people watch. It has a good food and drinks menu and friendly Professional bar staff. Definitely 5 star but not stuck up! Friendly, welcoming and suitable for short or long stays, business or pleasure. I will be back here.

“Stay here! It is fabulous!”
LondonCityview 1 contribution
May 19, 2010 | Trip type: Business, Solo travel

I write this review as a somewhat of a hotel (and London) efficienado. I like quality linen, good sevice and peace and quiet. This hotel has it in spadefulls. I almost don't want to let the secret of this hotel out! It is a private discreet classy haven in an otherwise chaotic city. It is on the riverside in Battersea and you can just step out and stroll along to Battersea Park.

If you want to shop carry on over Chelsea Bridge to Sloane Square and on up to Harrods and Harvey Nics. Smaller budget? Turn left down Kings Road to the great British High Street.

Don't be put off that you are not next to the tube - rejoice that you are not near the tube!! Walk out the front of the hotel and pick up the 170 bus which for £2.00 will take you up to Sloane Square. If you are around for a while pick up a travel Oyster Card and top up.

But I digress, the Hotel.... huge rooms for London, very high quality bathrooms, some with TVs beside the bath and double showers! The bed linen is top notch as are the towels and the furnishings. The staff are friendly, helpful patient and genuine. I had a lite bite in the Restaurant and again top quality discreet friendly service.

I don't have enough space to mention the Library, beautiful Spa and gym and even the hall ways I find just really well thought out. Housekeeping - what housekeeping? You don't see them, you don't hear them - but your room will be serviced.

I have even taken a few photos for some home decorating tips for myself! Don't expect a mass market reception desk when you arrive - it is tasteful and efficient.

You might comment that you came to London to see the sights - trust me... after a day's sightseeing in London you will be overjoyed that you have the Rafayel to return to.

So stay here - I promise you will be glad you did - you can thank me telepathically ;)
Enjoy London!
(Orla - Room 116)
Things not to do - stay away from Clapham - tired and scruffy - head over the bridge to Chelsea and on up to town.

“Fun, funky, friendly - and outstanding quality”
SarahCarrington 1 contribution
Nr Geneva
May 14, 2010 | Trip type: Friends getaway

Loved it - the staff are charming, the rooms are great, the food is fabulous and the mojito was the best I've had. And there's a cigar lounge where you puff on a very relaxing and wonderful tasting (even though I don't smoke) hubble bubble pipe, meet all sorts of people and talk about all sorts of things. All completely marvellous and I would thoroughly recommend it.

“best hotel ever stayed in”
andy7070 3 contributions
La Linea, Spain
May 12, 2010 | Trip type: Couples

this truly was a great hotel from the minute we got through the front door...receptionist very professional and polite and the bellboy took out bag to our very spacious room...the very airy corriders and room itself smelt fantastic and all the eco things they have including the hand made bed,matress and pillows to die for made it a very comfortable day..
they have big floor to ceiling windows so you get maximum light exposure and the fridge is fully stocked..the shower is fantastic with some sort of hydro jet system (not sure what they are called), but all in all we wished we could have stayed longer to see the restaurant and the cigar bar along with the spa treatment!!! also the roof has amazing views over the thames and we will definately be back after the summer and would recommend this to anyone who appreciates a little bit of luxury at an affordable price!!


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