Rural spa break near the Capital, with Hilton London Syon Park.

Situated between Twickenham, and located right next to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Hilton Syon Park is ideally positioned for those who wish to have a countryside retreat with access to central London.

Sat on the edge of two hundred acres of the Syon House estate- the home of the Duke of Northumberland for nearly 400 years- It features extensive gardens designed by Capability Brown, and the Great Conservatory next to a tidal meadow of the Thames. With rooms overlooking the hotel's personal gardens and pools, it is a tranquil setting indeed, with a variety of choices ranging from Queen rooms to King Deluxe. 

The lobby is grand, contemporary, and impressive, with pleasant staff who are attentive to your needs and questions. It features a variety of art pieces that set a modern scene in juxtaposition against its traditional surroundings. With a multitude of leisure areas to lounge and relax in, this hotel caters for those who get a tad stir-crazy with a mere room to recline in. From the Duke's parlour with it's pool table and playstations, to the sun trap garden terrace, you can pick and choose where to have your cocktails. Where better however, especially in the fresh spring and summer months, than the relatively new Syon Lounge, with its roof top terrace vibes, and fun sushi and shisha options.

We were in a Queen Guest room with it's floor to ceiling windows, and elegant boudoir design. It had the opulence of a boutique hotel which is so rare to achieve in such an extensive chain brand, think of it like a bonus that comes with all the amenities and service you need. An exceptionally clean bathroom, with a decadent in shower television complete the room. A few niggles, which we have no doubt would have been resolved should we have deemed them actually notable enough to discuss with the staff, include a few rips in the bed linen, and a very temperamental air conditioning unit. The bed itself is comfortable, and home comforts including a TV, hairdryer, and high quality toiletries give you ample luxury in order to get ready for the night ahead.

We had an event in central London to go to that night, so we missed the no doubt extraordinary culinary delights of the hotel's Marco Pierre White Steakhouse. The menu has a varied offering, with high quality dishes and exceptional standards. We did however, enjoy a rather lovely afternoon tea the next afternoon. Adjacent to the terrace, we indulged in lots of yummy sandwiches, warm scones with jam and cream, and a couple of rather tasty eclairs and mini-cakes. The tea selection was most impressive, and the variety makes you feel quite spoilt. It was the perfect setting to complete the stay, especially as that morning we'd worked up quite a hunger in the hotel's very own Kallima Spa.

There is a full range of beauty and wellbeing treatments available in the spa, as well as several rather tempting offers for spa days and breaks that you can choose from. Do check the special offers section of the site to keep up to date with new delights. For guests staying at the hotel however, you are welcome to relax and rejuvenate in the variety of options from the gym, to the long pool and various hot tubs and steam rooms in between. Whilst generally fine, the pool did perhaps need a bit of a clean, and the changing room lacked working lockers. We did rather enjoy getting those swim lengths in after a hearty early breakfast (delivered to our room, hot and on time, all for a modest tray charge), and reclining on the loungers.

The Hilton London Syon Hotel has extensive venue options for events, many of which we were fortunate to have a quick tour of, and these include spacious business and conference facilities, and vast ballrooms suitable for the largest and grandest of wedding parties. For a perfect special occasion, it would be absolutely ideal.

*All pics our own.