Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel
What We Love
- Many rooms and suites have window seats with stunning river views.
- Interiors by Philippe Starck
- Free access to the adjacent Virgin Active Health Club, including its floodlit tennis court and heated pool overlooking the Thames
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What To Know
- The spa is smaller than at many properties in the Four Seasons portfolio
- The hotel is in an emerging business district but far from most of London’s tourist attractions
- Although basic WiFi is free, expect to pay extra for premium service
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Designed by Philippe Starck, this modern hotel is geared toward business travelers drawn to the new business hub of Canary Wharf. The ten-story tower houses 142 of the largest rooms and suites in London, many with bang-up river views, with oversize windows and black-walnut furnishings. A small spa offers Organic Pharmacy treatments, and a small fitness room gets the job done, though guests have privileges at the health club next door. The restaurant serves Italian cuisine in a relaxed, informal dining room and al fresco on the terrace overlooking the Thames—making the most of the views that are one of the hotel’s strongest selling points.
In the Area
The hotel was built on West India Quay, formerly the center of England’s spice trade. Now the neighborhood is London’s buzzing new financial district, but there’s more than office towers here: local destinations include the Billingsgate Fish Market, the largest inland fish market in the UK, and Plateau restaurant, which offers monthly wine tastings. Slightly further afield in East London is Bistrotheque, a long-running restaurant that helped shift London’s center of cool to the east.
How to Get There
Such a contrast to the rest of London with its tall and modern, glass and steel architecture. Fun to stroll around and admire the contemporary beauty of these buildings. Lots of food trucks around and a bit further, some nice sit-down restaurants in the India Quay area. Enjoyed the Canary Wharf shopping center with plenty of british brands, international brands, food and coffee shops, and its own tube station.
I expected better from a 5 star hotel. I booked an upgraded room and although very spacious the furniture was very much like a Travel Lodge, nothing exceptional. That said, the bed was comfortable and the bedding a nice quality. There were plenty of towels in the bathroom along with complimentary shampoos, soap etc. The tea and coffee making facilities were abysmal although on our last night they did leave a coffee machine with pods in the room. Nowhere did it advertise that these were available and we received the coffee machine when ordering room service and asked if it was 'proper coffee' as we do not drink granules - yuk!
The full English breakfast was nicely cooked and presented. Evening meals were nice with a good choice on the menu and the chef was accommodating to our tastes. We ordered room service with one of the breakfasts as we had an early departure and even with the upgrade they charged a delivery service fee
The staff were friendly and helpful in all areas of the hotel.
Overall, nothing exceptional and consequently disappointing.
Absolutely wonderful service and gorgeous rooms with river views. We always feel so well looked after and little details like early and late check in taken care of with no problems at all. This is probably our favourite place to stay in town