Booking a hotel room for the night is so last season. The new thing to do is book it for the day, live like a king while you enjoy all the benefits of the hotel and then return to your normal, regular life feeling a whole lot better, writes Michael Holland.
We were taking advantage of the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel’s DayBreak offer that included a luxury room overlooking the Battersea Power Station development and the railway lines into Victoria, plus full access to the gym and spa. These benefits are exclusive to the hotel residents, which meant all the exercise machines were available in the gym, and there were no beefed up men to contend with in the posing stakes! Plus, after a workout I had the sauna to myself while Mrs Aitch done some lengths in the pool after initially poking her head round the door of the steam room and deciding it wasn’t for her.
The day was ours to do as we wished so after a relaxing and rewarding couple of hours in the spa, we had a walk around Battersea Park and along the river. The park is one I’ve rarely visited but is quite beautiful, with something for everyone of all ages. After a walk we debated whether to go back to the spa or go to the bar, and the bar won. Following on from all the earlier exertions I thought it was time for a nicely mixed gin and tonic.
Over cold drinks and a discussion on the benefits of our day in luxury we had one more job to fulfil – dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.
On entering Atlantico the first thing you notice is an exquisitely presented buffet of hot and cold tapas, and then the smartly dressed staff all poised, ready to grant you your every wish. That wish was a glass of Malbec for me and a chilled cider for her ladyship.
With the tapas table looking so good my better half chose that for herself while I had the grilled chicken, which was three breasts cooked until golden brown. I also had sides of broccoli and chips, both of which were excellent.
Making sure we left room for dessert meant we were able to enjoy their White & Rubus Prelude, a panacotta made with white chocolate and a raspberry compote secreted inside. It was delicious and I purposely let the taste linger longer before finishing with a coffee.
Pestana is a 4 Star hotel that is definitely banging on the door for a 5 rating. The professionalism of the staff creates an air of calm about the place. The DayBreak offer is aimed at business-people between meetings and flights who need somewhere to rest and eat, but we saw it more as a treat for couples who want to take time out of their daily routines and enjoy some quality time together.
Pestana Chelsea Bridge, 354 Queenstown Road , SW11 8AE.
Dinner with drinks: £78