As some of you may know, we were recently invited for a complementary stay at the Thames Riviera Hotel in Maidenhead where we live, with lunch/dinner and breakfast the following morning included. This was a huge opportunity for us, and we are ever so grateful. Who knew these sort of perks could come from simply just writing about our lives? Forever grateful.
So, The Thames Riviera Hotel is situated right on the banks of the river Thames by Maidenhead bridge. The hotel comprises of 52 bedrooms, 18 which are situated in the waterside lodge which is sited to the rear of the main building. The hotel has a renowned restaurant and bar called The Blue River Cafe that is known for its lively atmosphere, live music and great tasting food. The Thames Riviera Hotel is close to Dorney Lake home of the 2012 summer olympics, as well as Henley on Thames, Legoland Windsor, Thorpe Park, Heathrow Airport and Cliveden House. The hotel provides free parking for guests, and rooms vary from a single to an executive suite. Pricing can all be found on the Thames Riviera Website.
We checked in to the hotel at around 1:45 in the afternoon on a Sunday, and although check in isn’t officially until 2:00pm, the hotel had no problem with us being early and were able to get us checked in straight away. We were kindly given the premium suite, which was situated in the outer building Waterside Lodge, to the rear of the main building. Our room was 412, and had a gorgeous river facing view with our own balcony.
The room itself was lovely, comprised with a king size bed, tea and coffee making facilities, a flat screen TV on the wall, bottled water and glasses, a walk in wardrobe with an ironing board, an iron, plenty of coat hangers and a fan as well, as due to how old the building is, the rooms do not come with AC.
The bathroom was nice too, small, but equipped with a bath and shower, a heated towel rail, and complementary toiletries as well.
Inside the Guest Directory left inside the bedroom, was information on lots of things including a price list of the laundry service the hotel provide, breakfast times in the restaurant, room service as well as a food and drinks menu, local taxi company phone numbers should you need one, local attractions you may like to visit, details about how to log into the free WiFi that the hotel provide, housekeeping and how to organise a morning call if you wanted one.
With our stay, we were kindly given a complementary lunch or dinner and breakfast the following morning. We arranged to have lunch, and booked a table in the main restaurant for 2:30pm. We have infact eaten in the Blue River Cafe several times previously so we knew our way around the restaurant and the standard of food they provide. It was a Sunday, so I went for the Carvery, and Tazmyn decided to try the Veggie burger out instead. The staff told us we could have a three course lunch should we want to, but we settled on having just the two courses instead. Main and pud. Our favourite. The roast beef that I had was lovely, the creamed cabbage with bacon was my favourite part! 😍 – If you wanted to come for a two course Sunday lunch here, it is priced at £9.99 which is an absolute bargain! For that price, you can choose from either a starter and main, or main and a dessert. If you didn’t fancy doing the Carvery, like Tazmyn, there some alternatives you could have chose from too, so fantastic value for £10!
For Dessert we both went for ice cream. I had coconut and lemon, Tazmyn had amaretto and caramel. The coconut ice cream in this restaurant is seriously insane, I’ve had it every single time we have come here! 😳
After lunch, we decided to go for a walk, it was a sunny day so it seemed like the perfect excuse to have a walk along the beautiful river. We really are so blessed to live in such a pretty place, I’ll never want to live anywhere else.
We stopped off at a corner shop to get some snacks for our hotel room, and walked back to the hotel to chill in our room. Who doesn’t love Hotel life though?
In the evening, I took a bath, we did face masks, ordered some room service.. like we even needed more food but oh well, absolute foodies over here! 😳🤦🏻♀️💗
The Thames Riviera Hotel offer 50% off all food on Sunday evenings after 7pm. So for two sausage ciabatta’s we paid something like £5!! And then the ice creams which were half price as well, £2 each! How could we not really? I think we’ll definitely come back for a Sunday evening meal, there’s so much to choose from on the menu! 🙂
(Yes I was reading the menu in the bath!)
We watched Strictly, and then X Factor, followed by the second part of the cry on bbc one.. oh my gahhhhd who is watching that please? Jenna Coleman is gripping. I can’t take my eyes off her, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an actress who can hold the audiences attention quite like she does, the entire episode left me with chills in my body. I was convinced Alexandra the ex wife had teamed up with Joanna and they’d hatched a plan to hide baby Noah to kind of punish Alistair and teach him a lesson for wanting to take Alexandra’s daughter Chloe away from her, turns out I’m probably wrong.. I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t already seen it, go catch up!
We slept really well, the bed was super comfy, and the room wasn’t too hot or too cold. Breakfast was good, with a continental style buffet, as well as a cooked breakfast buffet too. There was a wide range of pastries, fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereals and cold meats, where as the hot buffet food included bacon, eggs, tomatoes, hash browns, mushrooms and beans. I always opt for the continental version wherever we go for breakfast, it must be the Italian in me!
Overall, our stay at the Thames Riviera Hotel has been lovely and we will certainly be recommending this hotel to family and friends or just anyone visiting the local area and needing somewhere to rest their head at night.
Again, massive thanks to the management at the hotel who so kindly invited us to stay with them, this has opened so many doors for me as a newly established blogger, and I’m very grateful for this wonderful opportunity! 💗
If you have any questions about this Hotel, or think I’ve missed anything out within my review, please do just ask or let me know!