We travel and we spend time in hotels. Yes, but how often have we had extended time away from home and wished that we had a place to rest our heads that was a bit more like, well, home? A few more amenities would do the trick. Cheval have the answer!
Cheval Three Quays is a truly striking collection of new luxury serviced apartments. But where exactly is Three Quays? It’s on the banks of the Thames and next to Sugar Quay, which reminds us of the days when this river bristled with cargo ships bringing goods from an empire on which the sun never set. The other quays were called Tobacco and Rum, and collectively offered all those items that are now considered so bad for us – times change! But the other neighbour is the Tower of London, and that never seems to change.
This is an iconic corner of a city that boasts more than its fair share of architectural photo opportunities, monuments, historic sites and striking views. Tower Bridge is just a few yards away and that is numbered amongst the world’s most recognised structures. The Shard is just across the river, giving a nod to a London that moves forward but cherishes the past (sometimes).
This new aparthotel opened for business on 10th March and is 5* (or is it 6?) in every regard. That location is unbeatable and is well served by public transport, although it’s probable that a good proportion of guests staying here will have a car equipped with chauffeur. The apartments offer a home from home for those with discerning tastes and whose homes are luxurious. There are 159 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses which provide accommodation for every size of party. There will be folks who want to have privacy and flexibility for just a night or so, and others who might like to stay for a year.
Undoubtedly the location is outstanding but visitor does not live by views alone. These are breathtaking, but one tends to take sights for granted after a while. It’s the architectural design by 3DReid and the interior design by Forme Design that have just as much impact. Rooms are individual, practical and breathtaking. Colours are restful, textures are thoughtfully incorporated, finishes are impeccable, and fixtures are for which to die. There’s a touch of whimsy, with a Monopoly set being provided in each apartment.
One-bed apartments are presented to just the same high standard as the penthouses. Size will differ and there might be a shower instead of a full bath but the same quality will be evident throughout. That aforementioned shower has sufficient acreage to satisfy any bathroom-lingerers. Kitchens have every appliance a small home might require, and avant-garde Gaggenau, so there will be no complaints even from food professionals.
There isn’t a restaurant as an integral part of Cheval Three Quays but there is a concierge, providing discreet and efficient service 24 hours a day. The team provide access to everything from tickets to the latest West End show to a table at one of the nearby celebrated restaurants – anything from a German eatery to the iconic Café Spice Namaste are within walking distance. Some of those restaurants can take bookings for meals to be bought in and enjoyed in the apartment. Local knowledge can add so much to a visit. Each one also has a dedicated maid for the duration of the guests’ stay, allowing a more personalised experience.
Both private and public spaces at Three Quays are light and spacious. Historic photographs of the working river remind the guest that this truly is London and not their usual home. And they might well need reminding. These apartments are stylish, but more importantly, they are cosy. Yes, they are sumptuous but remain welcoming for families. They certainly have a classy address, but that will shortly feel like your neighbourhood.
Hotel review by Chrissie Walker © 2018