Pestana, Chelsea Bridge
THE HOTEL: The Pestana Chelsea Bridge hotel opened in 2010 and is the Portuguese group's first property in the UK. The four-star hotel has 216 guest rooms and, as the name suggests, is located by Chelsea Bridge, on the south side of the Thames.
THE CHECK-IN: Entered the hotel into a bustling lobby area and was attended to at reception after a short wait. Staff were exceptionally polite and efficient.
THE ROOM: Guestrooms are split across five categories, from Standard to two-bedroom suites. Guests on the Club Floor have access to a lounge where complimentary breakfast, snacks and drinks are served. My room featured light, modern decor, with a number of London-themed pictures and photos. There was a large desk, king-size bed, small sofa, flatscreen TV, air conditioning, tea and coffee-making facilities, a safe, iPod docking station and bathroom with separate bath and shower. There was no iron and ironing board, and it took three calls to reception to eventually have one delivered.
THE BUSINESS: There are six meeting rooms across two levels, catering for groups of ten through to 500 delegates. Some rooms have natural daylight. Day delegate rates are from £60 including VAT. Video conferencing facilities are also available. There's free wifi access in the lobby and bar area, and paidfor internet access in the business centre.
THE FACILITIES: The Atlântico Restaurant and Lounge serves a comprehensive breakfast menu – with Portuguese pastries a speciality, of course – as well as evening dinner. Lunch is on offer at the Atlântico Lobby Bar Buzz, which opens from 9am through to midnight. Round-the-clock room service is available. There's also a gym, small pool and spa with treatment rooms.
THE VERDICT: This is a stylish and thoroughly modern hotel with some neat touches and nice views over iconic Battersea Power Station. The main drawback is its location – it's a ten-minute walk to the nearest train station (Battersea Park overground), though there are buses aplenty.
THE DETAILS: Rooms start from £129 and suites £149, including VAT but no breakfast. 354 Queenstown Road, London, SW8 4AE. Tel: 020 7062 8000; see: www.pestana.com.
Reviewed by Martin Steady (2012)