The Waterside Inn Bray (England)
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The Waterside Inn Bray (England) Reviews
Luxury at the waterside Sep 26, 2013
We arrive in the late afternoon at the Waterside Inn and just as we pull up at the entry we are met by one of the staff members who tell us we can park just around the corner. We don’t have to worry about the bags and parking the car too carefully since he will carry the bags and we should just leave the car keys at the reception so they will handle the parking of the car. For a brief moment I am tempted to tell the receptionist to take car when parking my little rental Seat Ibiza next to the Rolls Royce since it seems to take up so much space at the parking lot – but I with stand the temptation and just leave the key at the reception.
We go upstairs following the man who carries our luggage – which fortunately isn’t too heavy so he can manage without too much effort. We get to the room it’s a bit on the small side but it got everything you could need. It has a small table and a couple of chairs and there is a nice four poster bed and a good view over the Thames River. After making sure we have got our luggage stored inside the room the man wants to show us the coffee and tea kitchen where you can make your own coffee and tea - and there are a trusty bar so you can get a drink of your choice and just remember to put it down on a list for charge when you check out.
After staying in a room for a while - enjoying the view of the river - with the birds swimming along it and a couple of row boats going down the river. We decide to go out and try the coffee maker. When we go out of our room it only takes a moment before the waiter carrying our luggage appears - it seems like he is permanently located on our floor during daytime to help with anything we could possibly need. The coffee maker is a steep up from the usual instant coffee you’ll get on an average B&B and I never used this model before. So it takes a bit of investigation before we figure out how to make the coffee - but we manage and there are a few small cakes as well - once again a big step up from the usual dry cake at other UK B&B I been to.
When it’s time for dinner we enjoy the privilege of just walking down from our room and into the restaurant where our table is ready. One big advantage of staying at the Waterside Inn is they guarantee you a reservation in the restaurant if you have an advance booking - considering the restaurant is always fully booked this is a convenient -though a bit expensive - way of securing a reservation at the restaurant. After a great dinner it was also very nice just to walk up the stair and be right in the room so you could relax.
When we head down for the dinner at night we are supposed to bring down a small note with our order for breakfast the next day so and when we want them to bring the breakfast to our room. The next morning they come with the breakfast pretty much exactly at the time requested. We enjoy the breakfast at the small table - since it is a French restaurant you couldn’t get a cooked British breakfast instead it was a delicious French breakfast with some very nice cakes along for sweet treats.
Before leaving in the morning we go down and explore the hotel from the outside - in front of the restaurant. There is a small block with a few rooms - suites - where we didn’t stay since they are very expensive. Down at the water the Waterside Inn got a small pier and a boat. You can rent the boat - but it cost £65 for half an hour - which was a bit too much for our budget - plus you never know what the weather will be like in UK. And paying this much to book a boat for boat ride in possible rain seemed risky.
When we left we got a small gift with the anniversary magazine of the restaurant and they also provided a couple of water bottles for the ride. All in all it was a great stay but I probably never come back since this place is a bit too pricy for my budget.
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A pampering package Sep 26, 2013
Hotel located at a small city in Bray the UK facing the serene and peaceful river. It is easy to find when you drive there with a car and navigation system or GPS.
We arrived late afternoon around 3pm at the hotel and the bellboy was waiting outside the front door of the hotel where a limited parking space available, unfortunately we were not allow to park in front of the hotel door since we only drive a budget and small 3 doors car, instead we have to park at the back on a separate building and parking area of the hotel site. However, we saw a big and luxury car parked right outside the door – talking about the racism and different treatment…
Anyway, the bellboy was following us to the parking lot and instruct us where to park – it does not seem very busy since we were the only car in the parking lot.
We head down to the reception after that and get a key for the room which was booked far in advanced. The bellboy carried our bags and showed the room which facing the beautiful and peaceful river. The hotel building itself looked very nice and oddly looking – which I quite like.
When we enter the room, it has a nice music welcoming us and a plate of fruits platter and a gift box consists of champagne, a couple of jam bottles, chocolate, candy and a dessert recipes by Michel Roux, which was a very nice surprise to me.
After that, the bellboy showed us the kitchen for hotel guests to use freely which we can get free coffee or tea from the fancy coffee machine – which I never see before and had a wee bit trouble to operate it, but we managed after a while and missed one coffee sachet – which need to put in the machine and then press the button to get the coffee out.
Next to the coffee machine where the big cookies jar free to eat and it was really delicious and I plan to take it again before retired to the bed – unfortunately I forgot about it.
The room itself quite small but decorated nicely and very romantic with 4 poster bed and nice bathroom which has window facing the river as well. The mattress and the pillows were really comfy and very nice. The bathroom towels are big, thick and fluffy. The hotel also provided bathrobe and slipper to use in the room and plenty of space in the bathroom for my makeup kit and it has proper mirror with good light.
At night time, before bed – since we had dinner at the hotel restaurant downstairs, they have turn down service, which make up the room and left a chocolate package on the pillows and clean up the mess in the bathroom – such a good service.
There was not much to do in the area since it was a very small city or village like, there were several restaurants nearby and many beautiful buildings at the neighbourhood of the hotel and we enjoy the relaxing walked toward the river and surrounding area.
We only stayed one night there and the next day when we check out after breakfast (surprisingly we had French breakfast instead of British), we also get a surprise package of a couple big bottles of mineral water for our journey and the hotel anniversary magazine.
I would recommend both the hotel and the restaurant for the experience itself. It was very nice and really good food with friendly and personal service, unfortunately it has a high end price tag on it.
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The Waterside Inn Bray (England) Overview
While Michel Roux- the father- now takes the time to inhale the sweet aroma of grapes and write books- Alain - the son - has brilliantly taken over at the helm of the Waterside Inn. Resolutely creative French cuisine like roasted scallops on sliced baby artichokes infused with honey- orange and lemon and sprinkled with crabmeat or the salmon en papillote with pine nuts and a star anise sauce. On the terrace- in the shade of a willow tree- or in the inns cosy rooms- let yourself be soothed by the calm of the River Thames. And if you feel a desire to explore the surrounding area- you can visit Windsor castle or stroll around Savill Garden- one of the finest in England.
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