5 May 2014

Sleeping over at Cheval Quays, so much more than a room with a view.

Pinch me. Amazing views from a luxury apartment nestled right on the Thames. What more could you ever need?


Beautiful luxurious furnishings? A sumptuous bed? An immense rainforest showerhead? Fantastic coffee machine? Jaw-dropping floor to ceiling windows? Couches to curl up on and enjoy holiday treats? Two of the most famous tourist icons a stone's throw away? A home away from home that may just tempt you from leaving & exploring? All of the above are now firmly on my needs list when researching places to stay whilst travelling.






Disclaimer: When I was invited (much to my surprise and delight) to a blogger sleepover by the Cheval Residences team it seemed simply irresistible.

When we travel we don't normally stay in a hotel, preferring to find an apartment as they offer much more flexibility than a lone hotel room. The beauty of an apartment is the ability to truly tailor a holiday to our own needs. Fancy a beautiful night out at a stunning restaurant? Sure. Want to explore the local market & bring back warm pastries and coffee for breakfast in bed? Sure. See a fantastic cut of beef at a local butchery that would make a perfect roast? Sure. After a day of footsore sightseeing, fancy a balcony picnic of local delicacies and sparkling wine? Sure. (Can't bear the thought of organising anything, and want to call a pizza? Sure - and you won't have to tell anyone...)



So, after work one evening instead of slogging it through the commuter rush, I raced through London armed with my overnight bag. Greeted warmly by the front desk staff, I opened the door to this beautiful one bedroom apartment suite.


Scraping my jaw off the floor, after dropping my bag onto the plush carpets without a second thought, I opened the patio door and began to soak in the magnificent view of the (controversial) Shard, HMS Belfast resting in the Thames and City Hall.

This wasn't the usual humdrum Monday evening I was expecting.

  
The fantastically appointed apartment seemed to contain everything a gourmet-loving traveller could want. Every need or want seemed to be covered, right up to butter & milk chilling in the fridge for accompanying the welcome baguette, fantastic smelling botanical toiletries and a monopoly board begging to be played. Did I mention the binoculars in case you weren't close enough to see the sights?

The well appointed kitchen contains everything you could need - huge fridge, oven, toaster, coffee maker, all pots, pans and implements, even down to a recipe book marked with the housekeepers pick of the month.


At 7pm my lovely fellow bloggers Lela LondonPoppy Loves and Passage to Luxury and I met in the foyer, and were whisked to my neighbouring apartment for a few canapés, before then alighting to the penthouse suites for a tour of the penthouse suites and simply priceless sunset views of London.



Not such a bad vista, hey? (click the above to expand).





Grudgingly(!) we tore ourselves away from the iconic skyline, and began to explore their penthouse suites.



Even with the myriad cobblestone streets of London, could you leave a beautiful bed with a view like this...

...or a sumptuous divan the size of a football field? I'm not sure I could. 


We reconvened for a beautiful dinner, a bouquet of bloggers, where we were served a delectable feast.




Our starter was of Crab cobb salad and crispy gingerbread which didn't last long enough to be photographed, despite the beautiful canapés earlier.


Our main a mouth meltingly delicate pomegranate glazed lamb rump served on a bed of pea and caper relish and Jerusalem artichokes.



And the crowning piece de resistance; a trio of cardamon rice pudding and charred rhubarb, Banana Eton Mess, and Grapefruit posset, jelly and granita.



Meanwhile, outside the sun set and revealed one of the best views in the world, lit up especially for our viewing pleasure.

  
After much laughter and hilariously eccentric dinner conversation we regrettably had to end our lovely evening and regretfully say goodnight. Well, it was tempered slightly with the revelation of the incredibly comfortable bed and feather soft pillows.

I have to admit despite this, I didn't get much sleep as I was too busy admiring my evening view over the balcony.

It really is a home away from home, somewhere you can settle in and enjoy what ever you love. For us the beautiful view, fantastically appointed apartment and thoughtfully provided for mod cons made our staycation simply sumptuous.

All of the apartments have a selection of view choices; the gorgeous Tower of London Suites, Thames River views and the urban views. Only having been open since the beginning of March, it feels as though Cheval Quays may just be a game changer in the London hotel scene - all I know is we had a wonderful stay and I wouldn't hesitate for a heartbeat about returning.

This was even despite the husband shaped mouse* I found lurking in my room settling himself in, revelling in the luxury entertainment systems and enjoying the amenities. You know it's fantastic when your other half can't bring himself to go to work the next morning. We had a fantastic staycation, and avoiding all of the usual queuing and fussing travelling all over the world, apartments like these make it very hard to want to leave London for holidays.

The real proof in the pudding? I'm not a morning person, but Tuesday morning at 6.30am I was ready for the day, enjoying the fresh coffee, inhaling the view.

*Husband sized mice don't come with the room, you have to marry one of your own like I did. The staff were absolutely fantastic keeping an extra set of keys on the desk for Mr Kiwi's collection whilst I was enjoying the canapés.



22 comments :

  1. This is so amazing and lovely and I am pretty jealous of it! xx

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    1. We actually couldn't believe where we were staying - and it's so unbelievably central!

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  2. What a lovely place! I've never stayed somewhere so nice as that penthouse suite - what a view!

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    1. It was utterly astonishing - I had to be dragged into dinner...

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  3. This is the life I want! It looks ao amazing!

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  4. Hahaha - "husband size mice don't come with the room". Believe it or not, we just walked by this last week when I took a friend to visit the Tower and we were slightly memorized by the waterfall outside walls. The mirrored exterior also makes for amazing selfie material... according to every other person who walked past. Had no idea this was where you'd had your amazing stay!! So glad you had such fun :)

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    1. I felt my cheekiness needed the disclaimer :D
      It really is such a beautiful place *sigh* I need to go back. To live. Apparently they have people living there for up to 90 day stints already!

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  5. This place really sounds and looks like a dream! How cool you can pick your room based on the view you want.

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  6. Such fantastic photos in this post Emma! Wow! I think apartments are the way to go, especially if there are more than 2 of you going. We stayed in an apartment nearing Vauxhall Bridge last year and loved enjoying a fancy homemade steak dinner and then cosying up while it rained over the Thames. Great company, great food and a lot of fun. The kitchen was to die for!

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  7. I felt my cheekiness needed the disclaimer :D
    It really is such a beautiful place *sigh* I need to go back. To live. Apparently they have people living there for up to 90 day stints already!

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  8. It was utterly astonishing - I had to be dragged into dinner

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  9. We actually couldn't believe where we were staying - and it's so unbelievably central!

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  10. I know, right! It takes 'room with a view' to a whole new level.

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  11. It's so much more flexible to have an apartment - and they are normally so central.
    Ooooh, there is nothing I like better than being cozy inside whilst it's raining!

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  12. I had to keep pinching myself. And that bathroom, oh to have that bathroom!

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  13. Its really giving a breathtaking and spectacular view. You shared such a awesome images here that at one glance it attracts and the whole attention to it. After vising your blog I am planning to visit there in London and stayed at the apartments with my entire family. I must visit there after completing my american east coast tours with my friends.

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