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Double Tree Hilton in Kingston: New hotel offers luxury stay and food 25-minutes from London

getwestlondon reviewed Double Tree hotel by Hilton which opened in Kingston last year

There's just something about staying in a hotel, isn't there?

The lobby, the smell of a clean room and the moment you jump onto your bed as you sink into a comfortable bliss.

Well Hilton, known for luxury hotels, opened a new Double Tree by Hilton in Kingston at the end of last year.

It feels tailored to overnight business commuters heading into London - but upmarket with the superb restaurant Hawkers and Brasserie next door.

Double Tree in Kingston opened at the end of last year

The hotel, set next to the River Thames and a 25-minute train journey into the capital, offers 146 bedrooms, meeting and events spaces and an on-site gym.

Inside the it's dark, along with velvet chairs and a dark marble surface.

The walk-in shower was particularly pleasant and the 43" TV makes for a cosy evening in.

I particularly recommend using the gym, as there are so many good dishes on offer at Hawkers and Brasserie it'd be wise to work up an appetite.

Double Tree comes fit with a state-of-the-art gym

My guest and I start with the Beef carpaccio (£13) and Pan fried scallops (£13), both excellent especially the former with its delicious Parmesan crisps.

Both were, however, far too small to justify the price tag normally associated with a main.

The highlight of the meal was certainly the Hawkers puff pie, a delicate crust surrounding 18-hour slow roasted lamb shoulder, smoked bacon and cabbage parcel with rosemary gravy (£16).

Meanwhile my guest's Gluten-free linguini (£12), with an additional option of adding King prawns, was a deft dish.

Hawkers puff pie

For drinks, I'd recommend the excellent Smoking goldfish (£8) - a stellar combination of smoked Islay whiskey, ginger syrup, applewood liqueur and home-made ginger jam.

And for a sweeter option, I'd suggest A Bloody Good Mary, an interesting cultivation of Russian Standard vodka, fresh lemon, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce and tomato juice.

The restaurant, which offers a breakfast buffet in the morning, is luxury to be in, with light-blue furniture, light wood and hanging lights.

It's not cheap but if you can afford a stay here as well as a dinner at Hawkers and Brasserie, you'll be in for a luxury stay at Double Tree.

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