The Wyndham Grand hotel has been a neighbour of mine for some time, yet tucked away so discreetly in Chelsea Harbour it has an exclusive air about it that prevented me from visiting. Boasting unrivalled views of the river Thames and envy inducing super yachts tied up in the harbour it feels more Hamptons than Chelsea when you glide through the lobby. Wyndham is by no means a chintzy Chelsea hotel, contemporary art adorns the walls and the crowd is discerningly cool and young for a luxurious five star hotel. The private location and discreet entrance makes Wydham extremely popular for the better known guest (nodding towards the somewhat famous local football team).
Intrigued to suss out where the glam Chelsea set were hiding I jumped at the chance to attend a local writers get together to launch their fantastic ‘Champagne Wednesdays’ concept. Every Wednesday they offer 2 for 1 on all glasses and bottles of champagne (Taittinger no less), perfect for a well deserved post Kings Road shop till you’ve dropped drink. The bar is stylish and sophisticated with elements of contemporary cool- whether for afternoon tea, champagne or supper, the Riverside Brassiere is buzzy and fun.
In no time we were relaxing to the sounds of the pianist, munching on delicious homemade canapés and unwinding by the twinkling lights and bobbing boats in the harbour.
Thinking what a fun setting it would be to spend New Year’s Eve (the most dreaded evening of the year) I was interested to hear that they were offering a £99 dinner with a live band and DJ to welcome in 2012. Dinner and dancing by the harbour sounded like a much more glamorous and fun alternative to what is usually an eye wateringly expensive yet disappointing evening in Fulham and Chelsea. For Fulhamites wanting to benefit from all the hotel’s luxurious facilities they have launched free membership to The Grand Circle Club, a private club offering substantial discounts on spa treatments, food, drink and room rates. Gym bunnies can also join the health club and use the super sleek swimming pool, steam room, sauna and benefit from discounted spa treatments.
Wyndham Grand is a fantastic addition to the ever improving ‘Imperial Wharf’ district of Fulham. It's not only exclusive and discreet but welcoming to local residents, offering a refreshing alternative to the same old strip of New Kings Road bars and restaurants. Perfect for drinks with friends, romantic dates or big family Sunday lunches, Wyndham Grand ticks every Fulham girl’s Christmas wish list.
Rates at Wyndham Grand London, Chelsea Harbour start from £300 for a one night stay in a suite (sleeping up to four) including breakfast and VAT
To book or for more information call+44(0)20 7823 3000 or go to www.wyndhamgrandlondon.co.uk