Sunborn Yacht Hotel, London – Paul and Carole’s Review

Sunborn Yacht Hotel, London

Paul and Carole’s Review

Sunborn Yacht Hotel

Sunborn Yacht Hotel, London

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.

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Entrance to the Sunborn Yacht Hotel

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.

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Grand reception area

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.

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Paul at the reception of the Sunborn Yacht Hotel

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.

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Dockside view from the Sunborn Yacht Hotel

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.

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Our room on the Sunborn Yacht Hotel

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.

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The Sundown Bar on the Sunborn Yacht Hotel

It is a large bar area with a extensive selection but drinks are very expensive, as you would expect on a yacht in London.

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Looking out from the Sundown Bar on the Sunborn Yacht Hotel

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.


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Bruno Mars – Fantastic!

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.

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Emirates Cable Car

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.

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View from the cable car over to the O2 Arena

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.

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Night time view from the Sunborn Yacht Hotel over to the O2 Arena

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Sunborn Yacht Hotel, 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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44 Responses to Sunborn Yacht Hotel, London – Paul and Carole’s Review

  1. Kreete says:

    Wow! This wins the title of the best accommodation post I’ve read! Really enjoyed it and what a clever idea staying on a yacht when going to a concert rather than a traditional hotel room. I’ve been on the emirates cable car a few years ago, but I never knew of such a cool place to stay! Well done on saving money while staying there too!
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  2. Sounds like a wonderful, unique place to stay! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh, I’ve never heard of a floating hotel, what an interesting place to stay! I have cruised before, but never on a ship that didn’t sail away. 🙂

  4. Oooo now the Sunborn Yacht Hotel has piqued my interest! This is a fabulous idea; people can stay on a yacht without actually cruising. The fact that it’s also in the heart of London is a huge bonus as well, you have so much on your doorstep. What a gem of a find you have here, pinned to my London board! #feetdotravel

  5. Tracy says:

    What an amazing place to stay in London!! Never heard of it but will definitely check it out if we get the chance to stay in London soon!
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  6. Travel Lexx says:

    Looks like a unique stay and perfect for a London getaway, within easy reach of all the main sights while not being in a super busy area. Goes really well with the cruise theme that you guys love – sounds like it was a fantastic experience! Thanks for sharing

  7. Zara says:

    Thanks for the comprehensive review! I was only looking at booking this amazing hotel today and will do so safe in the knowledge that it is worth my money!

  8. Love the idea of staying at a yacht hotel. How fun! Then heading out to the concert with some great tips on getting there. Such a spacious room and how the staff was so accommodating. Great review and photos! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. What a great hotel! And a much more affordable way of getting the Private Yacht experience than, say, getting a private yacht. Thanks for the tip, and for sharing on #FeetDoTravel.
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  10. What a find! I’ll be looking at this for me next London stay. Good tips on outside snack & booze purchases to be kinder to the wallet. I’ve pinned!
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  12. What an unusual hotel and a great location for the concert. Great article and tips. You can imagine you’re on your own yacht and living the high life ! recently posted…Barcelona- an awesome city breakMy Profile

  13. Sina says:

    This looks like such a unique way to stay in London. The rooms look very spacious and I also like the location close to the Thames. Thanks for sharing!
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  14. Wow! What a lovely place. The rooms look huge for a ship.
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  15. Only By Land says:

    The staircase of the Yacht Hotel looks like a staircase on a cruise ship, this is a huge yacht! I thought when you mentioned you could see the O2 arena that the Yacht Hotel would be perfect if in town to see a concert. Then you were actually in town to see Bruno Mars, wow, I’m very impressed and jealous of this trip! I guess contactless is the way to go now in London when buying tickets.
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    • This was just like a mini cruise ship and a great spot for the O2 and ExCel Centre. Bruno Mars was amazing too! Contactless is definitely the way forward as we did save a lot using this on the public transport. Thanks for your comment. #feetdotravel

  16. This floating hotel looks appealing. Having a chance to stay here is a grand way to experience luxury. We love cruising. I think we will definitely try this when we visit London.

  17. What a clever idea to stay on a yacht rather than a basic hotel room when you visit a city to attend a concert! Wow you sold it to us. We always wondered how it looked inside. Thanks for sharing a very detailed article with us. Very useful! Keep up the great work! Patrick and Cécile from

  18. jo says:

    Such a unique and fun place to stay! The yacht looks very glitzy it certainly has the wow factor! #TheWeeklyPostcard
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  19. Anda says:

    Haven’t heard of this floating hotel, but it seems like a great alternative to a regular one. It also looks very luxurious inside. The only downside for me would be the location. I’d rather stay in downtown, where all the attractions are. However, considering that you went there for this concert, it makes sense staying at Sunborn Yacht Hotel. #TheWeeklyPostcard.

    • It is ideal for visiting O2 and the Excel, after our 2 nights we moved to the Arbor City Hotel just off Brick Lane and that was ideal for exploring the city. Thanks for commenting.

  20. Anisa says:

    I didn’t know you could stay in a boat in London. That sounds so nice. Plus, I love that area. I have been wanting to visit the Queen’s House. I am going to keep this in mind for when I go back. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.
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  21. Lolo says:

    What a fun accommodation to stay in! I did not think this would be in London until I saw your map! Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard!

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