Hotels often have setbacks that push back their openings. In fact, sometimes it seems that hotels that open when they say they will are a rare breed. The Sunborn London, however, has experienced a unique set of challenges that led to a delay in its grand opening, which seems only fitting for an unusual hotel.
The yacht hotel was set to arrive at Royal Victoria Dock at the beginning of April and open soon after, but problems arose when it reached Newham and encountered a bridge. The vessel was too tall to sail under it, leading to the need for a 250m crane to remove the mast and funnels.
The trouble didn’t end there, as the work couldn’t be carried out while flights from City Airport were operating, or on Sunday afternoons. In the end, it had to be done under cover of darkness. With the work finally completed, the yacht passed under the bridge with just 50cm to spare.
Now finally reassembled, the luxury hotel officially opened for business on the 2nd of June, two months after its original opening date. Sunborn seemed unsure about when they could have the yacht up and running, planning for July 1st only a few weeks ago and bringing the date forwards just days before opening.
The hotel has 132 standard and executive rooms, two junior suites and two executive suites. Every room has a tablet utilising the Crave guest app, which guests can use to contact hotel services, read newspapers and view a guide to London. The hotel also has a restaurant, lounge bar, ‘The Wheelhouse’ for private dining, decks and terraces outside and a spa treatment room and gym.
The opening of the super yacht hotel has been long awaited, but now that it’s opened its doors it looks to be providing a truly luxurious experience.
Photo credits: Sunborn London.