Hotel du Vin & Bistro Henley-on-Thames
Why We Love This Hotel
- This "distinctive" (Fodor’s) hotel is housed in a converted redbrick brewery dating from the 1700s
- The Thames is a short walk away; Windsor is 30 minutes' drive
- There's a "popular French-style bistro" (Condé Nast Traveller) and a "very good" (Fodor's) bar
- Some of the "classy" (The Daily Telegraph) guestrooms have outdoor bathtubs
The "very chic" (Fodor’s) Hotel du Vin & Bistro Henley-on-Thames occupies a prime position for exploring this "attractive market town" (The Daily Telegraph), known primarily for its boating heritage. This "characterful" (The AA) hotel is housed in a converted Georgian brewery with a red-brick façade, a short stroll from the picturesque riverfront lined with half-timbered buildings.
Henley's centre, packed with independent shops and quaint pubs is five minutes' walk, while the town's River & Rowing Museum is a 10-minute walk away. Marlow and the Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery, which are open for guided tours, are a 15-minute drive away, and Windsor is a 30-minute drive away. The ancient university city of Oxford takes around 45 minutes to reach by car.
There's a "great deal of imagination" (Condé Nast Traveller) behind the hotel's restored interiors, which include a deep purple-toned reception area in the former clerk's office, along with low-level lighting, wooden floors and iron staircases. Guests can have drinks in the wood-beamed bar -- which features a pewter surface "lit by a sequence of six giant lamps" (Daily Mail) -- relax in the hotel's courtyard, or sample "bistro classics plus a few less standard dishes…all cooked just as they should be" (The AA) in the hotel's restaurant. There's also a cigar bothy and a cosy lounge.
Named after French vineyards, the hotel's 43 guestrooms combine heavy wooden beams, stone floors and girders with "luxurious comfort" (The Independent), finished in a muted colour palette. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and coffee machines, along with Egyptian-cotton sheets and designer toiletries. Higher-tariff rooms add freestanding tubs and exposed brick walls, while suites, some split-level, have open-plan bathrooms, sitting areas and balconies with outdoor bathtubs and river views. There are also two top-level suites, one with a chandelier and a wet room, and the other with a 16-foot-high floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the nearby church.