Keeping on the London scene is hard as a midlander, so when London Fashion Week rolls around finding a hotel, arranging travel and everything else is my first priority.
With London hotels being so extortionate, it made sense to stay a little outside the city at Gerrards Cross Crowne Plaza* with just a short commute to London.
From the copper light display in the lobby, to the spa, juice bar and lounge, to the super-king size bed and welcome screen on the 40-inch flat screen, the multi-million pound refurb to the Gerrards Cross Crowne Plaza provided a relaxing yet exciting stay and an on-trend yet understated feel.
We had a small yet luxurious room complete with mini bar, robes, gorgeous bathroom with the cutest minis. You can really tell they’ve utilised space and everything has been carefully placed and thought through.
The lounge had a first class airport familiarity and provided a tranquil and quiet environment for a drink and a read of the paper – in the evenings a waiter arrived with canapés and served alcoholic drinks. The swimming pool had floor-to-ceiling windows onto the beautiful woodland surroundings and the staff, well to me they provided one of the biggest highlights (Samantha in particular!). Having forgotten a phone charger, they managed to provide us with one which we found neatly in our room after we’d been to the pool!
Now, for the launch party. 400 oysters, several blueberry amaretto sours, an edible vegetable patch and a fairytale garden, games and treatments room later, I can safely say it was one of the best evenings I’ve had in a long time. Oh, and did I mention the hedge and flower people?! I was so amused.
The Jazz band was also incredible and really created a brilliant vibe for the party playing number of contemporary and up-tempo tunes. The double bassist also turned out to be one of our childhood friends too! Small world.
Breakfast the next morning was in the 1269 restaurant which features a conservatory-like glass ceiling in half – perfect for a gorgeous morning. Unlike most hotel breakfast buffets, the yogurts were locally sourced and organic and the compotes hand made – a personal touch which I really liked.
If you’re looking for a getaway close to Oxfordshire and to London, the Gerrards Cross Crowne Plaza is a definite. Set in the beautiful countryside close to the Capital, it provides a base for the perfect weekend away and one that I will be sure to return to.
The package we’d kindly been given included use of the lounge, complimentary mini bar and breakfast – retailing at around £180. For London/city pricing this definitely isn’t bad and given that everything is brand new and state of the art, almost cheap in price! You could reduce this further by not including the lounge and breakfast (though I do recommend both!). You can book and view Gerrards Cross Crowne Plaza here.