Review: The Royal Harbour Hotel, Ramsgate

 

Out Of Office Magazine reviews The Royal Harbour Hotel, a quaint and quirky 28-bedroom townhouse in the seaside town of Ramsgate in Kent

On arrival at the Royal Harbour Hotel, which occupies three Georgian terraced buildings, we were greeted by the friendly receptionist who showed us to our room. Up the narrow winding stairs, artwork both antique and contemporary adorned the walls. A glowing review by The Telegraph on the hotel’s restaurant, The Empire Room, also sat proudly outside our upper deck double room.

The room

Our bedroom was clean and cosy with a private en-suite bathroom, TV, plenty of eclectic books, an espresso machine and a wonderful view of the harbour.

Blue decor and nautical paintings certainly made us feel like we were  by the seaside, even while lying in the bed with comfy goose feather toppers and pillows.

The restaurant

After relaxing in the room, we made our way down to The Empire Room for dinner. The restaurant’s theme is very much ‘best of British’ with plenty of military and royal memorabilia to admire, plus a regularly changing menu with locally sourced food.

Our highlights were the black pudding scotch egg for starter; we selected the curried halibut and trio of lamb for our mains, which were also delicious.

We washed it all down with a local Kent Chapel down Bacchus – a clean, dry and crisp English wine with tropical notes.

The town

Ramsgate is your typical English seaside town located in the district of Thanet in East Kent. It was one of the great English seaside towns of the 19th century, evident from it’s architecture, such as the old theatre that is now a Weatherspoon pub.

It’s busy little marina, packed with yachts of all shapes and sizes. The hotel is a short walk from the main esplanade lined with pubs, cafes, souvenir shops and the odd fish and chip shop!

In the evening, we took a stroll down the seafront to see its lights in the dry summer evening. Then, in the morning we took a 20-minute boat around the harbour.

There are plenty of leaflets in the hotel about all the activities on offer nearby, as well as further afield. You can also get plenty of ideas from the Visit Thanet website.

Why visit The Royal Harbour Hotel? On top of its cosy rooms and  delightful restaurant, you’ll find a patio garden with fairy lights a plenty, a snug room with a real fire for reading or relaxing, and a well-stocked honesty bar.

Just 90 minutes on the train from central London, you can exit the big smoke in favour of the open sea. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, The Royal Harbour has plenty to offer.

Cost:  £

Nelson Crescent, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9JF

01843 591514

Website 

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Review: The Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out Of Office Magazine reviews one of Convent Garden’s grandest and iconic hotels, the Waldorf Hilton Hotel

Turn the clock back to 1908; the Waldorf opened its doors, dining rooms and suites to visitors hoping to capture a piece of the American dream in London, with the latest New Yorker boutique charm.

It wasn’t to be just a hotel, but a place where tourists, passer-byes and locals could stop for dinner, afternoon tea and a glorious place to rest their heads in the height of luxury in the West End.

Three years prior to its opening, with a glitzy champagne reception, theatrical Impresario Edward Sanders decided to build a hotel on the northern rim of Aldwych. He partnered with accountant, Thomas Wild, to raise the sum of £700,000 with the assistance of William Waldorf Astor, who the hotel was named after in gratitude.

Inside, past reception is the Palm Court Lounge. It’s no wonder that’s where scenes from the Titanic film A Night to Remember were filmed, as director Roy Ward Baker thought it perfect for depicting the interior of a ship with its oaken walls.

The history of the place is plentiful. During WWII, The Waldorf placed adverts in the press reassuring visitors that its alloy structure made it safe. One stray bomb missed the hotel but shockwaves shattered the Palm Court roof and tango tea dances were suspended as a result. The restaurant then became a staff dormitory and the hotel’s legendary head waiter slept in a corner every night to keep an eye on it.

Fast forward to 2017, and the hotel, taken over by the Hilton Corporation 13 years ago, still looks as grand as it did back upon its opening. Arriving at dusk, its warm lights shine brightly outside and inside we are greeted by reception and then taken to our executive suite.

The room 

Each executive suite includes a complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, evening canapés and drinks all served in the executive lounge.

The Edwardian style suites are spacious and well decorated with a comfy king bed and windows that open out onto the bustling streets of London.

The room also featured a Handy smartphone, which gives guests access to unlimited local and international calls, free internet access, promotions and an on-the-go hotel concierge service. This gadget is a great extra for those staying who are unfamiliar with the city.

The restaurant

We visited the Homage Restaurant for our evening meal; we were treated to a set menu of three courses and a glass of champagne each for £29.50. With its high ceilings, chandeliers and gold topped pillars, it’s a special setting – great for a celebratory meal or a treat.

Our highlights were the roasted wood pigeon and seabass for mains, and the chocolate parfait for dessert.

Why choose The Waldorf Hilton Hotel?  Stunning, beautiful and historic, it provides a relaxing stay in central London.

Cost: ££££

Aldwych, London WC2B 4DD, United Kingdom

Website

0207 836 2400

 

Review: Radisson Blu, Liverpool

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Out Of Office Magazine reviews the Radisson Blu in Liverpool – a stylish hotel with a bar, restaurant and spa, a short walk away from the bustling town centre of the city 

The hotel is a short walk from the town centre and perfectly placed to allow residents to explore the various popular attractions such as the Albert Docks, The Maritime Museum and Tate Liverpool. With high-speed wifi, restaurant and spa, and a stones throw from the town centre it’s also great for business travellers.

All staff members are very helpful and happy to assist with any query. The hotel is comfortable, clean and stylish.

What? A hotel with a bar, Italian restaurant and spa, with 194 uniquely designed guest rooms and suites including the exclusive River Suite, the largest hotel room in Liverpool.

Why choose Radisson Blu? A well respected chain of hotels and resorts with fantastic facilities in a range of locations around the world.

 

107 Old Hall Street, L3 9BD, Liverpool, United Kingdom 

0151 966 1500

www.radissonblu.co.uk/hotel-liverpool

Review: Mews of Mayfair, London

Mews of Mayfair

Out Of Office Magazine reviews the Mews of Mayfair – a stylish restaurant, cocktail bar and lounge located in the heart of Mayfair. 

Mews of Mayfair is a short walk from a busy Bond Street station, past well known shops like Victoria’s Secret and Claridges Hotel, and nestled in a historic courtyard. Upstairs the restaurant has a nice quiet atmosphere, while the bar, lounge, and outside seating area have a more of a lively buzz.

The scallops and crab proved tasty starters, while the fillet and rump were cooked perfectly, the fillet was the better choice for quality rather than quantity. Mews boasts a good selection of wines and we went for the full bodied rioja, which went with red meat fantastically. A selection of sorbets nicely cleansed the palate at the end of the meal.

What? Four floors, consisting of a lounge bar, cocktail bar, brasserie, and a cosy outside seating area. The menu features fine food, signature cocktails, vintage champagnes, and a wide selection of wine.

Why choose Mews of Mayfair? The Mews is a stylish place to meet clients in a top London location. The restaurant is classy and quiet, while the bar has more of a buzz. It has a meaty menu with dishes like fish & chips, steak, guinea fowl and ox cheeks. Be aware there is not much choice for veggies.

10, Lancashire Court, New Bond St, London W1S 1EY

020 7518 9388

mewsofmayfair.com