This week saw the opening of the Holiday
Inn London Kingston South, and Business Traveller was there for a tour of the property.
The 116–room new-build offers free wifi
internet access throughout as well as seven meetings rooms, a restaurant and a
All rooms have a safe, ironing board, a
fridge with complimentary water and a choice of five different pillow types.
Bathrooms have Italian granite and Taylor’s of London toiletries.
There are 21 executive suites over the four
floors, which are a little larger than the standard rooms, and have balconies
with views over the river Thames, King size beds (standard rooms have Queen
size or twin beds) and a separate desk area. Other perks for the executive
guest are more toiletries, a bowl of fruit, and free mini bar (non alcoholic
drinks and healthy snacks).
Hotel manager Sudip Sengupta said: “Since
the soft opening just before Christmas we have had a lot of positive feedback
from our guests. We will be seeing corporate business from Monday to Thursdays,
and, just like every other hotel, this will swap to leisure at the weekends.”
Kingston is home to the headquarters of Nuffield Health and Dairy Crest, while
Unilever and SHL also have offices in the area. Hampton Court and Chessington World of
Adventures will be the main attractions for leisure travellers, as well as Kingston, which is a popular shopping destination outside London.
The seven meeting rooms can seat up to 250
people and all have daylight and flexible room layouts. Delegate packages are available
including free car parking and food options from the 100-cover Riverside restaurant, which serves continental as well as
Sengupta also said a small fitness room
would be opening shortly. He added: “Just when everyone is saying not to open
new hotels, we have done it and it’s all going very well.”
The hotel has easy access to the A3
corridor (linking London to Portsmouth), the A240 and the M25, with
London Heathrow nine miles away. There are also regular trains to central London from Surbiton
train station, a ten-minute walk from the hotel.
The Holiday Inn London Kingston South is operating
under a franchise with The Sun Hotel Group – the first for its UK operations.
For more information visit hikingston.co.uk.
Report by Felicity Cousins