Review of Clayton Hotel Chiswick, London
With gleaming floors, sleek, stylish furniture, and designer features, exudes an atmosphere of modern luxury from the moment you step into the lobby.
We chose to stay at Clayton Hotel as we were visiting Kew Gardens, and the hotel is in an ideal location – within easy walking distance or just one tube stop away on the District Line. Potted orchids, ferns and succulents were dotted all around reception and the sitting areas – setting the scene nicely for our visit to the gardens!
We had a wonderful, friendly welcome from reception staff, before heading to our room. This was an executive room, featuring a large, very comfortable double bed and a separate single.
One of the things that struck us was how quiet and peaceful it was. Despite the city location, once we were in our room we didn't hear a sound – either from within the hotel or from outside.
With comfy chairs, a coffee table, a writing desk and a flatscreen TV, the room had everything we needed for a relaxing stay. The complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities were excellent and included delicious Border biscuits, hot chocolate and lots of different varieties of tea.
We liked the attention to detail, with cosy touches such as embroidered cushions, a plush footstool, and lamps for creating soft pools of light. Adjustable reading lights built into the side of each bed meant I could stay up late to read, without keeping my daughter awake.
The spacious and modern grey-tiled bathroom had a huge walk-in shower, and was well designed – with lots of thought given to guests' comfort and convenience. This included lots of places to hang up towels and bathrobes, and a large shelf above the sink for wash bags and toiletries.
Clayton Hotel Chiswick has a Green Tourism Silver Award, and is working towards a Gold Award. Green initiatives are taken very seriously, with a dedicated green team that meets up regularly to discuss ways of further reducing environmental impact.
The hotel is committed to raising awareness and developing a 'green culture' within the hotel. There's information and advice in each room, which encourages guests to drink tap water rather than buying plastic bottles of water, re-use towels, and turn off electric appliances and water taps when not in use.
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The hotel is working to reduce pollution, waste, and emissions. It's easy for guests to recycle their waste – they just need to put rubbish in the bin in their room, and hotel staff will sort it out for them.
Ambitious targets have been set to improve the hotel's sustainability. For example, in 2019, the hotel aimed to decrease electricity consumption by 10 per cent – and by the end of the year a saving of 12.6 per cent was achieved. Similar targets to reduce energy consumption and water consumption were also achieved.
And in 2020 the hotel will be working towards becoming plastic free, with, for example, travel-sized guest supplies being replaced with new sustainable products. In the bar and restaurant, plastic straws have already been replaced with biodegradable alternatives.
The public areas of the hotel are as lovely as the rooms. Stylish sitting areas, with comfortable sofas and lots of plants, are dotted throughout the ground floor. There's also a lively bar area downstairs, with lots of food options from sandwiches and salads to pizzas.
Breakfast is served in the bright and airy restaurant, and is superb. This was one of the best breakfast selections we have ever seen, with options to suit everyone – whether you want a healthy start to the day, or to treat yourself to a full English breakfast followed by pastries.
Healthy options included freshly made fruit smoothies, and glass jars of yoghurt and overnight oats. The oats were beautifully presented, with a layer of berry puree and topped with pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and coconut.
The selection of baked breakfast goods was outstanding, with a choice of croissants, pain au chocolat, and decadent Danish pastries. There were also waffles, served with chocolate sauce or maple syrup.
A full cooked breakfast of bacon, eggs, mushrooms, potatoes and tomatoes was served buffet style, and there was a good choice of cereal, yoghurt and fresh fruit too.
Clayton Hotel Chiswick is just a 30-minute tube ride away from central London, with Gunnersbury underground station – on the District Line – only two minutes walk from the hotel. So if you want a city break in London, the hotel is an excellent and very affordable alternative to the pricier city centre hotels.
What's really fantastic about the hotel's location, though, is that it's so close to – just one stop away on the District Line, or a pleasant 25-minute walk. You can store your luggage at the hotel while you visit the gardens.
Kew Gardens is home to an astonishing variety of plants, and a visit is highly recommended. The huge Princess of Wales Conservatory houses cacti, ferns and orchids, with paths winding through arid and tropical areas.
Another highlight is the Temperate House – the world's largest Victorian glasshouse. Reopened in 2018 following a five-year restoration, it's home to many species of plants that are rare or endangered.
Other highlights at Kew include the beautiful woodland walks and the Treetop Walkway, which enables visitors to climb high into the treetop canopy, and view the trees and the gardens from a different perspective.
Clayton Hotel Chiswick is offering a great value until 31 October 2020. For £149 per room enjoy an overnight stay for two people – including the superb buffet breakfast – with two admission tickets to Kew Gardens included in the price.