I stayed at the 4 star Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel for 2 nights in June 2010 on a complimentary basis arranged by lastminute.com. The hotel opened recently and is located a few hundred metres from the Battersea side of Chelsea Bridge, opposite Battersea Park. It takes around 20 minutes to walk to the hotel from Sloane Square tube station and 25 minutes from Victoria rail and tube station. You can catch buses from Sloane Square and Victoria to the hotel.
My room at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel
I loved the room in which I stayed, it was very trendy, spacious, bright and welcoming with a white leather modern chaise longue and a beautiful bathroom. The bed was really comfortable.
My room had a view over towards Battersea Park. The rooms at the other side of the hotel are close to a railway line with views over to Battersea Power Station.
View from my room towards Battersea Park
Breakfast wasn’t great for a 4 star hotel, some of the cooked items such as fried eggs had overstayed their time on the hotplate and the cheese on the adjacent cold selection had begun to curl up at the edges. There was good selection of rolls and Danish pasties.
Free wifi was available to guests in the public areas after obtaining a user name and password at reception. However you had to pay Â£15 per 24 hours if you wanted to get wifi in your bedroom. I found the signal in the lobby to be unstable and kept getting disconnected. Yet I was able to get excellent free wifi in the Victoria Food Court at Victoria Station. I can’t understand why a hotel can’t get decent wifi in the lobby when a food court in a shopping centre, covering a larger area, can manage this.
I met up with a business contact in the bar one evening, we ordered a tea and a lager. The tea was brought in the form of a separate teabag and a teapot with hot water, as opposed to the teabag being in the teapot and served without milk and the lager was flat.
Overall the hotel has beautiful rooms but the location is not for everyone. It’s great to be near a park but there’s nothing else on offer close to the hotel. I didn’t mind the walk to Sloane Square or Victoria but it was dry weather during my visit. Some breakfast items could be fresher, the bar service and quality of beverages needs attention and the wifi should be improved and made free of charge in the bedrooms.
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You can see all my Pestana Chelsea Bridge photos on Flickr.