Hotel du Vin
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... is being cancelled because of the Affordable Health Care Act and every time I try to connect for sign up or questions I get disconnected. After a couple of hours I've finally filled in the paperwork and now they want to know why I'm changing and they were the ones who initiated it! Thank heaven's Lauren is able to fill the gaps in Denver! Hopefully it will all work out OK. In the meantime we are leaving here on ...
... a picnic and a bottle of wine or champagne. A lot of people have a high class tailgate party with a table, wine glasses and a fancy packed lunch. We buy a sandwich and coffee and eat it on the lawn. In the Silver Ring you are on the grass so a blanket is nice but we find we like to stand along the fence near the track. At 2:00 the Royals arrive in a procession down the racetrack to the Royal Enclosure. ...
... on a working farm. Our cottage is a conversion of one of the outbuildings and feels like an old farmhouse. Right out our window is a field where the sheep drop in periodically coming from another field with an open gate. They seem to have a routine and drop in about the same time every day. There’s always a ruckus as the lambs get separated from their mother’s and call out to find them. We’ve ...
... which consisted of a series of small, thatched wooden huts (we had one to ourselves) built on stilts around a larger wooden building which served as the lodge reception, bar and restaurant. Thick rainforest surrounded the clearing on 3 sides, with the Tambopata banks on the 4th. It was the dry season meaning the waters were about 8m lower than November, evidenced by the steep muddy banks channelling all the waterways. The area we were in was a designated national park so ...
... one.. Saw many many artifacts about history. We managed to change a short tour about the Roman Empire and learnt something from the guide. Interestingly, the emperors in the Roman Empire are not hereditary. That's like the most fascinating fact I learnt in the museum.. Well better than not learning anything. For lunch that day, we ate ramen at tonkutsu. People might find it weird that we are eating Japanese food in London. Haha but Ronald missed Asian food too much. The ...
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We stayed one night in the Henley Hotel du Vin in February 2006 and had a lovely time. The room (a big double) was spacious, stylish and well-appointed. The free-standing bath was luxuriously deep but quick to fill and the shower was big enough for a small party. We didn't eat dinner in the Bisto but breakfast the following morning was truly exceptional. Our only criticism was the temperature of the room (chilly!) which seemed to bear no relationship to the settings on the air -con, although the luxury bedding on the king-size bed kept us warm. All in all, a great base from which to explore Henley and the surrounding area.
We stayed here with friends for a few nights between Christmas and New Year and expected more from the Hotel for the price and also the reputation that the group has.
Between my better half and myself, we've stayed at all of the hotels in the HdV chain, and every time have come home raving about the quality of the food, wine, service, rooms etc. Therefore, when we heard that HdV were opening in Henley, we thought it would be great to book a room for the Regatta weekend (first weekend in July) I rang in January '05 and managed to get one of the last rooms available for the Regatta Saturday night , even though the hotel didn't open until May! We were really excited and very much looking forward to a pretty much perfect weekend.
We spent two nights at the Hotel Du Vin, Henley in November 2005. We stayed in the Comtes de Champagne suite. This room cost £175 per night, and it was worth every penny.
I stayed one night in a "studio room" by the name of Mount Langi Ghiran for 175 pounds ($325) on September 19, 2005. This price did not include breakfast.
We spent the night the day after our wedding in this hotel, for a one-night-only honeymoon having left our 14 month old child with my parents. We had booked a superior room but on arrival found they had upgraded us to the Dom Perignon suite and left a bottle of champagne on ice for us. We were absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness of this and could not have been more excited. The room is over four floors and built around the original brewing tower. There were three plasma screens, a roll-top bath, an eight foot bed and a huge bathroom with 2 showers with 18 inch shower heads. So obviously we had an amzing time, but were also impressed by the rest of the hotel. It has la ovely understated yet funky atmosphere and the food in the restaurant was exquisite. We had a peek in a smaller room while it was being cleaned and it looked very stylish and comfortable so I think you would have a great time whatever room you were in - but the upgrade was the icing on the cake!
My wife and I spent our wedding night and the following night at the HDV Henley 25-27th June 2005.
My husband and I have just returned from celebrating our 10th anniversary at HdV Henley. The former brewery building is just a few steps away from the river and in a lovely setting. We had a two floor room with the most amazing bathroom upstairs. Massive walk in shower with huge monsoon shower, lovely roll top bath, twin sinks and a flat screen TV for watching in the bath. The jewel was the outside roll top bath which is situated on the private balcony with far reaching views of the entire regatta course. A very good outdoor heater ensures that you could bath al fresco anytime of the year.
Is £6 for a glass of house white wine reasonable value?... Depends on where you are I guess, but to my mind, its way to high for the very average standards of Hotel du Vin, Henley. It would help if the wine were chilled appropriately too...and even more so if the waiter bought the correct wine.
Enjoyed a really good stay - having previously been impressed with H du V in Birmingham, Brighton and Winchester. I know that elsewhere on this site there have been some gripes about the chain, but I can't agree with any of them after this visit. The Henley hotel is built in the old Brakspear's brewery - I think the building is considerably more spacious than some of the other hotels in the group - and is right next to the river - nice for walks. In some of the rooms the working features of the old brewery - girders, metal ducting and so on - are incorporated in the design, which is a good touch. We booked a spacious open plan suite for £225 - huge and very soft bed, excellent linens. Check in staff utterly charming and friendly - could not have been nicer or more welcoming. Two TVs and DVD players - very good range of recent movies available to borrow from reception at no charge. Very comfortable big squashy sofas for lounging. Well stocked minibar with lots of thoughtful touches - excellent gin and whisky, organic teas, Mars bars, jelly beans and so on. Open plan bathroom - with monsoon shower big enough for four, never mind two - and freestanding bath. Loo is not open plan! The only tiny drawback was the slight lack of natural light in the room, but there are obviously going to be limits to the options when you're converting an older listed building, so you can't really complain. We enjoyed lunch and dinner - certainly not cheap, and service leisurely (and again very friendly), but who wants to rush freshly cooked Valrhona chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream? Also enjoyed tremendous Roquefort souffle, herbed sea bass, rillettes of rabbit...excellent and friendly advice from sommelier, who steered us to the perfect bottle. The staff also arranged, and without prompting double checked, a crucial early morning taxi, and arranged without hesitation for a breakfast to be served to the room half an hour earlier than advertised start time on a Saturday morning when we needed to get away unexpectedly for an appointment. Breakfast again not cheap, but delicious and unlimited for £9.50 - fresh fruit salad, French yoghurts, berry compote, various fresh and dried fruits, excellent patisserie and croissants, toast made with what seemed to be home baked bread. Only the very greedy or very hungry will need to pursue the fry ups for £14.50, which also include everything on the continental menu and which are also excellent. The restaurant under charged me for breakfast by £8, and refused outright my offer to pay the correct amount on check out. Excellent, try it soon.