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As usual in England, it rained the day before the wedding and the day after too - but Ana and Sam were blessed on their wedding day as Hambleden and Henley were basked in sunshine! Quite lovely... It was a very international affair as we four gals flew in from Brisbane as our daughter Katy was Ana's bridesmaid; Edward (the best man) flew in from …
... was polish and very friendly. Apparently in the London museum they have Leonardo di Vinchi's notebook and underwear throughout the ages. That is according to a tour book. We went to the Broadway play a Chorus Line. It was a dancing show, mostly. It was not entirely appropriate but the actors were good. We spent like a half hour looking for a place to get ice cream when we eventually found a little store Anna and Julia Solent another half hour ...
... just took a nice nap in front of a pretty fountain. It was really nice to have a nap but we were soon awaken by rain. Zeke and momzy were still tired so they took the underground home (and we found out later that they took 2 wrong trains, but everything ended up working out ok) As soon as Zeke and momzy left, dadzy and I went window shopping together. I knew that I wanted a good sports jacket, but we looked in about 5 sports stores, but they didn't have any good ...
... rather than individual stars and no females were permitted on the stage. So Juliet, Portia etc were not babes. Different plays were staged throughout the week to offer variety to the avid theatre goers as there were very few other entertainment options. Admission was by a coin in a box and this gave rise to the term box office. The original capacity of the Globe was a rather cosy 3,000 but nowadays OHS regulations limit the roar of ...
... there to get back to the hotel. We got back and decided to pack some of our things up into suitcases. We did this then went down to the bar and had some lunch mini hamburgers and a few drinks. After this we headed into town and went to the pub then got Conner some mc Donald's. we headed back to the hotel and Conner went up to the room so we could spend some time on our own and we had tea down stairs in the bar ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel du Vin Henley-on-Thames
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.