There’s nothing quite like a staycation in London, especially at a place as cosy as Richmond Hill Hotel, who recently invited me down for a night’s stay. I always get asked for London hotel recommendations and so I’m very glad to be able to say I’d be happy to endorse this one!
LOCATION + DETAILS: Richmond Hill Hotel is a 5 minute drive from Richmond station and overlooks the stunning views of Richmond Hill Park. Kew Gardens is one train stop away and whilst Richmond itself is a bustling location, the hotel itself feels cosy, quiet and clean.
The hotel was established in 1726 and set in a beautiful Georgian Townhouse and also overlooks the Thames. There are two room types available – either the Georgian Collection which were designed with modern luxury and Richmond’s unique heritage in mind – most of these rooms have underfloor heating, vintage phones and freestanding baths. Also available are the Hill Collection bedrooms which are slightly more affordable and feature bright, creative layouts.
The check in time is from 3pm and check out at 11am which I really appreciated – you feel like you can relax and sleep in in the morning and fully get your moneys worth. There’s a gym with 24/7 access and apparently the spa treatments available are lovely too!
ROOM: We were booked into the Junior Suite for one night which cost from £265 and includes a huge Double room, sofa seating area and bathroom with a shower and roll top bath which was such a treat. I was able to relax on the cosy velvet armchair in the provided dressing gown, with an espresso made in the coffee machine in the room whilst watching tv and felt immediately at home.
FOOD: Situated on the ground floor of the hotel is 144 On The Hill restaurant which we dined in for dinner and breakfast the following morning and I was so impressed with the quality of each meal! The restaurant changes the evening a la carte menu frequently but we dined on starters of Brixham scallops with sweetcorn miso ketchup and pancetta and Goat’s Cheese with roasted beets, walnut granola and balsamic pearls – the flavours and textures of both of these dishes was perfectly balanced and filling.
For main I had the Confit Apricot Duck with sweet potato, lentil, brussel sprouts and smoked bacon – this was outstanding! A perfectly cooked duck with the crunch of crispy bacon and the softness of the lentil with the sweet apricot was incredible! We were too full for dessert but we did admire the HUGE gin collection they have behind the bar – every type of gin you can imagine from truffle infused gin to Brockman’s botanicals.
Breakfast the following morning included a hot full English buffet (the huge tray of hash browns had my heart) alongside cereals, fruits, a stunning pastry selection and juices.
You can also enjoy a Sunday roast, afternoon tea and dine on their Al Fresco terrace in warmer weather so there really is a dining option for everyone!
OTHER: Just fyi, there’s a car park on site which is charged at £15 for 24 hours however if you book direct with the hotel it’s complimentary. Children and pet dogs also welcome!
I loved my time at Richmond Hill and would recommend it. Let me know if you visit!