Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf – Review
Built on what was once the nexus for Britain’s spice trade, the West India Quay, the Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf shares a garden area with several residential buildings that overlook the Thames, offering guests a quiet refuge from the chaos of London. Designed by Philippe Starck, the ten-story contemporary property is within walking distance of a number of East London’s major financial, tech, and media companies.
Staff members were cheerful and attentive. I was greeted warmly at check-in and immediately shown to my room. Later, when the doorman learned that I was headed out for a walk, he offered me a bottle of water to take with me.
My Premier River View room’s streamlined blonde wood and neutral-hued furnishings included a leather window seat with inspiring views of the Thames, a king-size bed flanked by nightstands, a flat-screen TV, an easy chair with an ottoman, and a small table.
The limestone bathroom featured a separate tub and shower, plus a vanity with makeup/shaving mirror, and L’Occitane toiletries.
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The room was outfitted with a large desk with two non-wheeled, non-ergonomic chairs and a bank of outlets set into the wall by the desk. In-room Internet was at no extra charge, and I had no trouble using it. Other amenities included multi-line phones, a mini bar, a safe, a DVD player, and an iPod docking station. Laptops are available for use upon request, and 24-hour room service is also available.
The hotel’s four meeting and event spaces include a boardroom seating eight, and a ballroom seating 200, plus a 24-hour business center with secretarial and translation services, and a multi-lingual concierge.
In addition to the hotel’s own spa and fitness center, guests also have access to the adjacent Virgin Active Health Club, including its tennis courts and its spectacular 65-foot (20-meter) glass-walled infinity pool overlooking the river.
The hotel’s Quadrato Restaurant, featuring Northern Italian cuisine, river views and alfresco dining in clement weather, is slated to be renovated in the coming months. The adjoining Bar Quadrato serves libations in a business-meeting-friendly atmosphere.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf sets the bar high for Docklands-area accommodations, with its stellar staff, comfortable accommodations, superb amenities, and inspiring views.
If you have business in the immediate area, and are flying into London City Airport (only a 15-minute taxi ride away), Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf makes great sense.
However, as attractive as the area is, keep in mind that the hotel is a 70-minute drive from Heathrow Airport, 90 minutes from Gatwick, and 60 minutes from Stansted (all in good traffic), and that these travel times can easily increase given the unpredictability of London traffic.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf
46 Westferry Circus
E14 8RS Canary Wharf, London
Tel. +44 (20)7510-1999