Director spent the night at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel, which boasts a seven minute journey to City airport
An early-morning flight from City airport was proving a headache for me as I live in Bristol. A colleague suggested staying the night before at this yacht-turned-hotel, moored at Royal Victoria Dock in east London, only seven minutes from the airport. Sunborn London Yacht Hotel is a huge 108 metres long and has 131 guest rooms and four suites (polished timber sundecks with water views and a concierge service). All rooms have river or dock views and I saw both an incredible sunset and sunrise during my stay. For beauty and grooming they have Elemis therapy spas, though you need to book a week in advance. All rooms have fast WiFi and Sunborn’s conference and event facilities – eight different spaces – are of a high standard and cater for anywhere from 50-250 delegates. Food is British with Mediterranean and Asian influences and, of course, is served with that amazing water view. From the polished wood décor in the rooms to the wraparound decking, you do feel as if you are on a super yacht – but luckily for landlubbers the vessel is stationary so there’s no need to acquire your sea legs.
With more than 30 years’ experience in the hotel, leisure and hospitality sector, Sunborn is also responsible for the development of luxury spa hotels, restaurants and other top-quality projects in Scandinavia, Germany, Spain and the UK. Sunborn Gibraltar is the first of a fleet of floating hotels. It has a sister hotel in London’s Docklands and more planned for other locations around the world.