Sunborn Yacht Hotel, London – Paul and Carole’s Review
Sunborn Yacht Hotel, London
Paul and Carole’s Review
We stayed at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel for 2 nights on a trip to London. If you have visited our blog before you will know that we love cruising, so we were very excited to stay on a yacht. Here’s is the review of our stay.
The welcome and booking in at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel
The entrance to the hotel is actually two lifts that take you up to reception. As you walk out of the lift a pretty impressive large chandelier and two curved staircases greet you.
Check in time is 3 pm, and we arrived early. The staff were really helpful, we were able to check in and and our bags where looked after until our room was ready. This enabled us to start exploring the yacht.
Our room on the Sunborn Yacht Hotel
We booked a Classic King room with Dockview and were not disappointed. Our room was number 1027. The window was decent size looking out onto the dock, not a spectacular view, but enough to watch the world go by.
The room was bigger than we had expected with a really comfortable queen size bed. The shower was a good size too with complimentary Molten Brown toiletries which was a real treat! As on cruise ships there is a lip and step into the bathroom, do remember this, unfortunately we didn’t which resulted in a few stubbed toes.
There was a sofa and coffee table with a TV opposite and there was also a selection of books available. The desk area was a decent size, with multiple plug sockets both English flat three pin and European round two pin all around the room.
The wardrobes were a decent size with ironing facilities, the only criticism would be that there were only 4 hangers, not a huge problem but what is it with the majority of hotels and the lack of hangers! There was a good size digital safe which was big enough for a laptop too.
We were very happy our room, do have a look around…
The Sundown Bar on the Sunborn Yacht Hotel
The Sundown bar lounge area is directly behind reception and leads out onto a deck area with seating. The views from the outside area look over to the O2 Arena and the Emirates Cable Car.
It is a large bar area with a extensive selection but drinks are very expensive, as you would expect on a yacht in London.
There is also a restaurant where you can choose to have breakfast at an extra cost. We chose to eat out and bought snacks to have with the complimentary tea and coffee before we went out for the day.
WiFi was excellent and available throughout the Yacht.
How to get there to the Sunborn Yacht Hotel
From Paddington it was easy, change at Canning Town on the DLR and take the service towards Beckton. Get off at Royal Victoria (Custom House was closed) and take a short walk towards the ExCel. You will see the Sunborn Yacht Hotel.
The purpose of our visit was to see Bruno Mars in concert at the O2 arena and the location appeared perfect, and it was. We had a superb night Bruno Mars certainly knows how to put on a show! If you are visiting the O2 arena the location of the Sunborn Yacht Hotel is ideal.
The ExCel is literally next door and the O2 arena can be reached easily either by the Emirates Cable Car or DLR/Tube to North Greenwich. We discovered that you could save money on all transport if you used a contactless bank card, paying cash was always more expensive, so if you have one use it.
There are restaurants in very close proximity to the hotel and also a Nisa local and Tesco Express. Rather than paying the expensive bar prices at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel, we bought a bottle of wine and some snacks from here which we enjoyed in our room!
The location is ok for exploring central London too but can take a little while to get to other areas via the DLR. Take this into consideration when planning your trip to London.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel, a floating hotel which is a unique idea, and it really is perfect for a special treat.
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