Arriving at the new hotel located by the River Thames is not the grandest of occasions, although the pinnacle shaped architecture does make for an impact when you round the corner and stand before it. Visiting from central London we took the overground train to Kingston and you must then walk along a major road before you get to the hotel. The journey is approximately 25 mins from central London with regular trains from Clapham Junction and Waterloo. Upon arrival however the lobby is a crisp modern interior that makes excellent use and pairings of materials such as timber and copper. The design of the lobby and the adjoining Hawkers Bar and Brasserie pays homage to local hero Harry Hawker, who’s company established in the 1920s was ultimately responsible for the Harrier Jump Jet. The staff were very pleasant and immediately helped us to find our Hilton membership accounts, the worldwide club that rewards it’s members with goodies as they tally up stays in the global network of hotels. Once located we were shown our corner room with floor to ceiling glass affording plenty of light, one of 146 bedrooms in the building that include three Junior suites and three twin queen bed Deluxe rooms. The rooms are luxurious and fresh yet with a colour palette that still gives the room an air of cool and sophistication. Details such as herringbone tiles in the shower and artwork on the walls all add to the fact that this is a luxury hotel and its designed to make you feel relaxed yet not far from home.
DoubleTree by Hilton | Kingston Upon Thames | Interior Decor

DoubleTree by Hilton | Kingston Upon Thames | Interior Decor

After a quick shower and change of attire, we headed down to the restaurant Hawkers Bar and Brasserie, located just off of the entrance lobby, but separated in feeling using clever interior design. The menu certainly sounded appetising upon reading, although we were distracted somewhat as first we were treated to some delicious cocktails, playfully going by names such as The Aviator and The Smoking Goldfish. The bar offers you a choice from what is a decent sized cocktail menu, that blends old favourites with great modern creations. You’d definitely have some fun sampling as many as you could! With that said we were eager to taste the food too, which from descriptions on the menu, sounded delicious. Our starters were a smooth and light chicken liver parfait with chutney and a toasted broiche, alongside pan fried wild mushrooms with tarragon hollandaise and garlic spinach. A delicious start to the meal and excellently presented, just like the surroundings of the brasserie.

DoubleTree by Hilton | Kingston Upon Thames | Hawkers Brasserie

DoubleTree by Hilton | Kingston Upon Thames | Hawkers Brasserie – Fillet Steak

Along with a wonderfully fruity Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand our mains then arrived. A chicken burger and a fillet steak served on a board with fries, mushrooms and tomatoes alongside a selection of sauces that looks outstanding. When I cut in to the fillet the knife eased through it to reveal its tender pink flesh. It was certainly a very good cut of steak for a decent valued price – something that isn’t always easy to find.

For those with a delectable sweet tooth, there’s plenty a range for which you can select from. Creme brûlée, dark chocolate fondant, or blackberry cheesecakes are just a few of the tasty indulgences that await you.
After dinner and more than a few drinks it was time to retire for the evening. Certainly pleased to see the huge bed that awaited. If you’re looking for an evening with a film then you’ll also be pleased to know, each room comes equipped with a 43 inch smart TV.
The hotel is on a tight plot and so doesn’t offer a huge range of luxury amenities for guests, however what it does offer it does with professionalism and discretion. Hotel amenities include a 24 hour gym accessible on the upper rooms with your room keycard. For those in need of a quick business call or conference there are meeting rooms also, ensuring you can get to work and relax here. Speaking about relaxing, you can order room service from the brasserie. Breakfast in bed anyone?

 

No matter where you are in London the beauty of this city affords that you are only moments away from a spectacular attraction. Of course, the DoubleTree by Hilton in Kingston is no exception. Hampton Court Palace and the River Thames are both walkable and Twickenham Stadium for those sports fans is exceptionally easy to reach from here also. The historic Royal palace is of course a must see when visiting this part of town. Its stunning architecture and history, not to mention grounds will certainly be something to write home about. The hotel is practically on the banks of the River Thames, although unfortunately you cannot see it directly from within the premises. A quick stroll down to the river side however will have you walking along admiring the stunning houses and the nearby riverside pubs that afront this wonderful feature of London.
Kingston’s new hotel addition is not going to win awards for its outstanding beauty, however if you want a very comfortable stay where you can escape the business of life with familiar surroundings that are known to the Hilton’s global empire, in a London location that has very nearby beauty and is easily accessible from central London, you will be on to a winner with this new DoubleTree by Hilton.
Double bedrooms start from £109 per night with breakfast, based on two people sharing. 

 

 

DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton | Kingston Upon Thames | Interior Decor

DoubleTree by Hilton | Kingston Upon Thames | Interior Decor

1 Skerne Road
Kingston Upon Thames
KT2 5FJ
T: 020 3096 0099
Hawkers Bar and Brasserie
T: 020 3146 4144