Any hotel reviewer’s haunt will usually be the West End, with a few excursions to Hoxton, Bethnal Green or the South Bank. But recently I headed out in a different direction, westwards to Chiswick. The Chiswick Moran Hotel sits just off the A4 route to Heathrow, and is close to Kew and the riverside (though you do have to cross the A4 first – via subway, fortunately, rather than taking your chances with the traffic).
I found some of the furnishings somewhat retro, but full of character; a lot of lime green, some nice glasswork, including a fluted glass lampshade and interesting glass panels and a mix of chairs in the bar that looked variously 50’s or 60’s. This definitely isn’t bland corporate styling – you’ll love it or hate it. I liked it a lot.
One bonus, particularly if you’re on a higher floor, is the huge windows. This is a leafy part of London, and looking across to Richmond Hill I found most of the view suffused with green – garden trees, lawns, and woods.
However I did find that though the room was large, the design was a little cramped; positioning the desk across the window meant there was little space between the desk and the foot of the bed, so I couldn’t push the chair back much, and it blocked the way for whoever might have occupied the other side of the bed. On the other hand the bathroom was massive, again with a green tinge to the décor, and with a choice of shower or bath (one small quibble: the soap dispensers were placed so that they could be reached while showering, but not while bathing).
As for the basics,everything useful was in its place – coffee and tea making facilities, a hairdryer, iron/ironing board and lots of electrical sockets on the bedhead, plus quiet and easy-to-use air conditioning. Again, a small issue: there was a light switch only one side of the bed. Whoever sleeps on the other side had better not want to get up in the middle of the night!
While free WiFi is only offered in the lobby (I understand that’s under review at the moment) it’s a good, fast network, and I was impressed by the large number of magazines and newspapers available for guests – including the Irish Independent (the hotel is Irish owned).
Since the hotel is on a relatively busy road, I’d wondered about the noise; in fact, it was surprisingly quiet. Those big windows must be triple glazed!
Despite a few glitches I enjoyed my stay and I’m sure that management could easily address them to make the experience even better. If I needed a hotel within striking distance of Heathrow, but not actually at the airport, or wanted to stay close to Kew, Twickenham and Chiswick it’s a great choice – as long as the décor is your cup of tea (as it was for me).
Photo credits: LHI blogger Andrea.
Disclosure: Andrea enjoyed a complimentary stay at Chiswick Moran Hotel.