Living like a millionaire on a luxury yacht is something that many of us dream of. Now, that dream can become a reality thanks to Sunborn Yacht Hotel – which happens to be in London Docklands rather than Monte Carlo.
That said, the scenery isn’t exactly a drawback. A beautiful view of the cable car line above The O2 Arena and a little further up in the sky, planes taking off from London City Airport. The Docklands has a past reputation as a rough and ready part of London but major redevelopment has turned the area into a hub for posh housing.
With the new stylish look sweeping The Docklands, Sunborn fits in perfectly. Right beside The Excel Conference Centre and within easy walk of Custom House for Excel train station on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). The beautiful yacht sits pride of place moored right outside.
After taking a lift ride up from ground level to the reception, the grandeur of the ship reveals itself in full. The reception area gleams with gold and directly behind is the bar area leading out onto the deck. Beautiful views in the evening can be found here watching the sunset over the city.
As it was our anniversary, the hotel had very kindly provided an upgrade. This now meant that our room came with a balcony. The room itself was stunning with one of the softest carpets we’ve ever laid our feet on.
Everything that you need for a comfortable stay in London can be found here. A Smart TV with a good selection of channels sits above a counter containing a fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. The bed was like laying on a feather, incredibly soft and comfortable.
The decking comes complete with two chairs on which you can sit back, relax and enjoy watching the world go by. Plane spotters will be in heaven as the aircrafts take off overheard at regular intervals. We were very impressed by the soundproofing as once you close the door to the decking, barely any sound is audible.
One slight addition we could have done with was a bath but the shower was more than adequate. The bathroom was of a good size considering that we were on a yacht. Toiletries are also provided.
After a peaceful night sleep, we awoke to a beautiful sunrise over the city. Full breakfast is available for a surcharge with WIFI free throughout your stay. In terms of transport, the easiest way into the centre of London is through the DLR and onto Canning Town to change onto the Jubilee Line. A journey time to the centre of around 30 minutes.
When you look at other hotels in the same price bracket (£111 per night) the value is very good indeed. The hotel is in a great location for exploring east London and not too far out of the way for central London. Staying at Sunborn is both unique and luxurious, highly recommended.
Nearest DLR: Custom House for Excel