The White Hart Hotel Hampton Wick is a great stopping off point for visiting Kingston upon Thames. This pub come hotel offers space, comfort and car parking in a cosy atmosphere.
I visit the west of London from time to time and base myself in and around the Kingston upon Thames area. Whilst it is technically based in Hampton Wick I would classify the White Hart as a hotel in Kingston upon Thames. You are literally right beside the Kingston Bridge so within seconds you are in Kingston. (Kingston is a great base for sight seeing, shopping and my favourite comedy club.)
To be precise this pub come hotel is just off a busy roundabout, so if you are coming by car approach with caution. On the plus side there is a free car park for customers of The White Hart Inn. This is a big plus since parking is at a premium around this area and it can save you a small fortune.
On my previous trip to the area my colleagues suggested that I try The Lensbury in Teddington. On reflection I prefer The White Hart Hotel even though it does not have the fancy facilities of The Lensbury.
The White Hart does offer spacious rooms, a good wifi and a prime location for shopping and eating out. You don’t even have to venture out to eat since it is also a restaurant in Kingston.
On check-in I was directed to my room which was around a range of windy corridors. On first impressions the room was fairly spacious, bright and clean. I did however soon notice some marks and holes in the wall. Some repairs were needed but it was not major and would not impact on my stay.
There was a decent double bed which was very comfortable and host to some cushions. Cushions are not really a big thing for us blokes, all we tend to do is throw them off the bed onto the floor.
Opposite the bed was a long work desk. Plenty of room to work or read. The only downside to this was that there was a backless stool placed here. There is no way I was going to sit on that as it would only give me a bad back. Thankfully there was a chair with a back in the corner of the room beside a coffee table. This was more than adequate for my needs.
The wifi connection seemed to work well although there was a notable slowing of the speed in the evening as it became more busy.
A reasonable size flat screen digital TV was in the room. I say reasonable size since it seemed adequate for watching whilst in bed, although it was far from a 40 inch screen. It was pleasing to see that the Sky Sports channels were available.
Underneath the TV was a drinks tray. Alongside the kettle were sachets for tea, coffee and some hot chocolate, always good for a late night cuppa 🙂 There were also 2 packets of shortbread biscuits to avoid any hunger cravings.
I did however take advantage of room service. I’d had a long, near 5 hour drive and the last thing I wanted to do was go and eat in a busy bar area. So I ordered sea bass with green beans and potatoes, plus cheesecake for dessert. Both were delightful and washed down with a local tipple (Fuller’s London Pride) since The White Hart Hotel is a Fuller’s pub.
Whilst compact the bathroom was very pleasing to me. Firstly there was a shower over a bath tub so there were options on how to bathe. There was also a shower curtain and a bath mat, both big ticks for me.
However the shower head was not fixed but the highest point was not quite high enough to be fixed above my head. Well I suppose that I can’t have everything.
The complimentary toiletries were very smelly and refreshing. Perfect. There was also a heated towel rail. Almost luxury for a cold winter day.
The room provided me with a fairly chunky size notepad however there was no complimentary pen in the room. Maybe this was an oversight? I’m sure you know how much I love complimentary hotel pens.
My other slight concern was that whilst there was a telephone beside the bed there was no alarm clock radio. I quite like these and see them as a big plus in hotel rooms. Not only can I fall asleep listening to a radio on the “sleep” function but I don’t have to rely on my telephone or a wake up call for an alarm in the morning.
My room rate also included breakfast so I was able to venture into the pub area of this Kingston hotel. The breakfast consisted of a cereal buffet and then a hot plate made to order. Service was fairly prompt and I was able to be in and out within 10-15 minutes.
Overall I do like The White Hart pub come hotel. For me it is a far better option than say The Lensbury in nearby Teddington. The White Hart Hotel is cosy, friendly and has spacious rooms. It is also well situated for walking access to Kingston upon Thames for a day/night out shopping or eating. I’ve now tried a few places in the area but for me, The White Hart remains one of my preferred hotels in Kingston upon Thames.