Looking for somewhere unique to stay in London? Well I think I can give you a push in the right direction! How does a luxury yacht sound?! The Sunborn Yacht Hotel in London is docked permanently in the Royal Docks, right next to the Excel Exhibition Centre and even offers views of the O2 Arena and the London Skyline!
The yacht isn’t small, it’s huge. When you first enter you take a lift to the reception area which feels definitely very boat like…a very fancy boat with grand staircases and chandeliers…but the low ceiling makes it feel very cosy!
The hotel has 131 rooms and 4 suites altogether. I stayed in the ‘Classic Dockside Room’. I’ve never stayed on a boat or been cruising and was surprised by just how large the room felt! I LOVED the large window. Some of the rooms have balconies but we were satisfied with the window and spent a lot of time sat on the windowsill watching the world go by!
The beds are large and comfortable (large enough for my Sister to be happy that I was nowhere near her…). If you like watching TV in bed though, the screen is positioned in front of the sofa rather than directly in front of the bed. If watching TV isn’t your thing, there was a little library of books in the room too!
The room amenities include (free):
- Tea (3 flavours), coffee and hot chocolate…there is only one pack of hot chocolate but the cups are small enough to spilt it between 2 people and for the flavour to still be strong enough.
- 2 glass bottles of still and sparking water.
- 2 packets of fruit biscuits.
- Bathroom toiletries
- Wifi INCLUDING the use of a tablet, which has hotel information, room service facilities, a London guide, news, internet browsing and more.
- Desk and mini fridge.
One of our highlights of the Sunborn Yacht Hotel was the Sundown Bar. As well as an indoor seating area, there’s an outdoor deck which is great for the rooms that don’t have balconies! We paid £6 for ‘mocktail’ juices that were garnished with flowers (which almost made the £6 worthwhile)! The meals aren’t too badly priced considering the ‘London prices’, a bowl of fries was £4.
There’s also a restaurant on board that serves breakfast, dinner and even an Afternoon Tea service.
Sunborn London also currently offer 45 minute morning personal training sessions on Saturdays and Sundays for £18 which includes breakfast and smoothies. I think this is AWESOME, I stayed during the week but would have signed up for it if it was available!
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Room rates start from £132+ for a Classic Dock View room or £149+ for a Classic River View room. (The River View Executive Suite is almost £600 a night!)
You can reserve a room via booking.com
Getting to Sunborn London
The nearest tube station to Sunborn London is Custom House on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), however this station will be shut until the end of December 2018. Royal Victoria is the next closest which is a short walk away. Follow the signs to the Emirates Air Line, once you’re at the docks, simply walk AWAY from the cable car along the water and you can’t go wrong. (The cable car is the quickest way to reach the O2 Arena).
London City Airport is only 1 mile from Sunborn London. (Heathrow = 22 miles, Gatwick = 26 miles, Luton = 30 miles…they may all be under 30 miles but driving times are 1 hour+)
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Sunborn Gibraltar was the original ‘floating hotel’ which was followed by its sister hotel London. They plan on expanding the fleet to other worldwide locations too!