The ongoing £8 billion redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, one of the city’s most appealing – and most speculated about – landmarks will, naturally, include a luxury hotel to match all the luxury apartments. Until that time, the poshest of the best hotels in Battersea is Hotel Rafayel. Battersea’s prettiest part is the riverside park (with a children’s zoo), which is attractively bookended by a pair of fine bridges (Albert and Chelsea). Cross them if you want to go to Chelsea. For eating, drinking and culture, Augustine Kitchen, the Humble Grape, the Latchmere pub and the park’s Pump House Gallery are the high scorers. And if you want to stay close by, here are the best hotels in Battersea.
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The best hotels in Battersea
This grand old inn on a corner is much loved by Thames Path walkers, especially since its refurbishment in 2015. The pub on the ground floor is now bright and modern, with the added attraction of a cellar bar specialising in local craft beers and gin. There are 16 clean, comfortable rooms with big windows, and the revamp has included widely admired Hypnos beds and Sky TV. Breakfast, included in the price of the room, is generous.
‘On the Left Bank’ is this five-star, 65-room hotel’s romantically Parisian strapline. It looks quite Dubai, built (in 2010) in four curvy wings with a central core, so that all rooms have a river view and are filled with natural light. It was conceived, in a non-Dubai way, with green ideals in mind, so lights are all LED, there are no plastic bottles, rainwater is harvested and sustainable ‘farm-to-bar’ ingredients are used in the cocktail lounge.
A modern complex on the busy Battersea Park Road, So Park comprises 32 self-contained studios and a communal coffee bar. The accommodation is plain and simple, pretty anonymous, but with useful amenities for those who want to do their own thing. The kitchenettes have fridge freezers and microwaves, and the shower rooms are clean, with toiletries provided. Best of all, So Park is just a short walk from Battersea Park and the river.
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