Meet Yvonne Reay-Scott, our London ambassador, who works for an international logistics real-estate developer/investor in the City of London and lives in the Docklands with her husband and their precious pug, Max. Yvonne has kindly shared her experience of staying in the newly accredited female-friendly Guildford Harbour Hotel.
Guildford Harbour Hotel is a 15 walk from the station and located at the top of the main street lined with both independent and chain shops, bars, and restaurants – a prime position in the heart of the town. A bright, well-lit reception ticks the box for lone female business travellers and, with a quasi-business/boutique feel on arrival, whimsical quirky interior touches and design flair give a refreshingly “non-corporate” air.
The service is fantastic – from the warm welcome in reception to helpful directions for parking the car in the underground car park. The stylish “HarBAR” off reception offers an eclectic mix of art, texture, colour with print converge and a grand statement chandelier in the double height glass atrium. It would be remiss of me not to mention the great range of cocktails and summer events with live music on the outside terrace.
We weren’t disappointed with our Business Class room – expect generous size, large comfortable beds, crisp linens and white towels. Comfortable and pared down in design with a restful, sleek décor, and spacious anthracite grey palette in the contemporary bathroom. Amenities include a conveniently placed television with Sky channels, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. A platter of seasonal fruit was a welcome treat.
Dinner at the award-winning Jetty Restaurant was sublime with just a short walk outside the main hotel to enter. A contemporary, fresh coastal themed interior and a warm welcome await you. Low key dining with fresh fish, simply cooked is at the heart of the restaurant. The menu was a delight and waiters and managers welcome questions and give ample advice on dishes, with attentive service and an informal air. We enjoyed an imaginative menu with a few interesting twists on some classic favourites – the addition of pickled shitake mushrooms to wafer-thin slices of beef carpaccio was inspired! The cheese souffle, a heavenly cheesy puff of air … lemon sole on the bone was soft and succulent with a bed of clams and samphire and barely left room for the delicate prosecco jelly and sorbet dessert. We were torn between the offering on the menu and the seafood and shellfish specials.
The long bar next door has live music on Fridays and Saturdays and has the feel of a secret little club – miles away from usual corporate predictability of hotels and a gin list to boast about.
“HaSpa” is a calming as it sounds – welcoming therapists and a choice of indoor and outdoor whirl and jet pools, sauna, crystal steam rooms and several treatment rooms with an extensive treatment menu.
Breakfast is served in a bright café style brasserie area with a great buffet selection and full English offering – fresh and well-presented.
In summary, Guildford Harbour is a hotel that manages (successfully) to pull off a blend of corporate/art/meeting place/spa. If you are in the area for business or pleasure – it will strike the right balance, I can’t recommend it enough – one of the best hotels in Guildford – great value for money and staff that go the extra mile to look after you.
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