Guildford Harbour Hotel
What We Love
- The spa features a petite pool and an herbal-infused steam room
- Theatrical design flourishes throughout
- Within walking distance of Guildford's historic center and canal
- It's a 35-minute train ride from London
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Deluxe Room (and above) rates include a $23 (£15) voucher per night to spend on food and drink (excluding breakfast and room service breakfast)
- On weekends guests pay $15 (£10) per person to use the spa; advance booking for treatments is recommended
- The pool, sauna, steam room and relaxation areas will be closed for refurbishment between November 4 2015 and January 1 2016
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the historic market town of Guildford, an hour’s drive (or a 35-minute train ride) south of London, the Radisson Blu Edwardian is a contemporary glass-fronted hotel that contrasts with the surrounding cobblestone streets and quaint vibe. The striking lobby features huge red stag sculptures, colorful mismatched armchairs and a giant wall of books. A large stage curtain frames the scene and the fairy-tale-style abstract ladder wall feature is a nod to former Guildford resident Lewis Caroll. A wooden cube dominates the entrance and doubles as the business center, with a hidden staircase leading to an office platform.
Bed and Bath
All the minimalist rooms feature modern dark wood furniture, a sultry color scheme in either red (Superior Rooms) or purple (Deluxe Rooms) and comfy beds topped with heavy brocaded throws. The bathrooms (which feature both a separate shower and a soaking tub) are decked out in slate gray and come with spa-worthy Essential Elements toiletries. Black-and-white prints of temple scenes dot the wall and create a sense of calm.
The hotel’s focal point is its huge outdoor terrace, where you can grab a drink from the bar and relax (a retractable roof makes this an all-weather option). Enjoy dinner at Steak & Lobster, followed by a visit to the zinc-topped MKB bar for cocktails or live music at one of the regular acoustic nights. The petite spa is tucked behind the main reception area and features a small pool, a relaxation area, two steam rooms and a sauna. If you’re looking for something more energetic, hit the well-equipped gym.
In the Area
This historic town of around 60,000 people has plenty of shops, boutiques and restaurants to keep visitors busy. Stroll along the high street for a spot of retail therapy before heading up to visit ancient Guildford Castle. A walk along the picturesque canal is suitably relaxing; watch the boats chug by before stopping for a tipple at the waterfront Weyside pub. Dine at the popular local restaurant Positano, which serves delicious Italian dishes in a historic wood beam house. The hotel is about a 20-minute walk from the train station; fast trains to London take around 35 minutes.
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Spent over £70 for the day at the HaSpa for the relaxation to be spoilt by maintenance taking place! Felt extremely uncomfortable and annoyed ! The facilities are lovely with indoor and outdoor pools but so annoyed that this spoilt my expensive day
I am sorry but a few housekeeping and maintenance problems made me feel I was in a 3*.
The good points are the rooms are well appointed, the spa is well equipped with attentive staff. The Jetty restaurant was very good and the breakfast buffet was as most hotels these days.
What let it down, room booked for 2 people but only towels for 1,Rectified but should not have had to ask for them.
Bathroom floor showed water stains (like to think it was water) around the toilet, shower and bath from previous occupants.
Biggest bug was them bedside lights twisted when trying to adjust reading light and actually came off mounting. I am sure this breaches some regulation.
Orange juice at breakfast had a nasty plastic after taste, does the restaurant manager not try these items before subjecting their guests to them.
So! Yes I would stay again and hope that management can get their act together and get the staff to do their jobs properly.
Last Saturday night we had the best time at the bar that I think I`ve ever had! Our bartender Beata was adorable and full of personality plus She was attentive, entertaining and knowledgeable. Beata suggested us some really nice cocktails what we never tried before. She is a huge asset to your bar and deserves much kudos. We will definitely be back soon!