The mini break hotel that ticks all the boxes.
If you’re looking for a mini-hotel for a break, the newly refurbished Relais Henley ticks just about all of the boxes. Interesting local shops a short walk away, a river (the Thames) to walk along, a chic bar for drinking cocktails, spacious beds for lounging. It’s close to London and yet far enough away to feel like in the countryside. It’s a mix of old world history and luxurious modern touches. In addition, it is comfortable and friendly with a lively restaurant. Oh and did we mention – it’s affordable.
Relais Henley Hotel Reviews
Rooms and amenities
The rooms have been upgraded and have the best linens this reviewer has slept in (and that’s saying something). The beds are spacious and the bathrooms are finished in marble. Decor is quirky (with striped rugs reminiscent of the city’s rowing heritage), and most rooms have stunning river views. If you want a tub, be sure to request a room with one when booking as some rooms don’t. Plus, it’s in the middle of town, so don’t expect silence.
Food and drink
The Quarterdeck Bar is sumptuous and comfortable with an extensive cocktail menu – perfect for holding hands with a loved one or for getting together with girls. The Clipper Restaurant (above) is nicely decorated with orange benches and a rowboat hanging high above your head. Managed in collaboration with the Mosimanns of London, it has their stamp of sophistication and quality without being too formal or fancy. Many thanks to the house’s Gourmet Deli, which is a beautiful space filled with delicious products. Take your coffee to go.
The history of the hotel is impressive. A 16th-century coaching inn, Charles I first visited in 1632 and many of the building’s quirks remain. Its central location by the river is beautiful and that means you can walk everywhere. Upgraded interiors mean the hotel is comfortable and luxurious but never intimidating.
What to do nearby
Well, there are DIY stores in town, a mix of cafes, interiors, and fashion. If you want to go out to eat, there is the award-winning Crocker’s Henley. Or the famous Antony Worrall-Thompson The Greyhound pub in nearby Rotherfield Peppard. If you fancy a day at the spa, try Danesfield House which is just down the road. If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot new resident Harry Styles.
A romantic trip or a girls night out.
From £ 160 a night www.therelaishenley.com. Phone 01491 523288
Review of the Relais Henley hotel by Rosie Green
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