Once a somewhat prosaic structure in a great location, a multi-million, refurbishment has transformed the Runnymede into a dazzling building.
Now significantly more up-scale, the hotel has also been "opened out" by clever use of glass walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, plus new riverside terraces adjoining each of its restaurants.
What owners Daniel and Stuart Levy – owners of Runnymede's sister hotel, The Grove – have not refurbished they have refreshed.
The sibling relationship is evident in the exceptional service, the clever planning of all the public rooms and the quirky art like the huge metal robot, wooden geese, and an apple core sculpture next to the main entrance.
The spacious lobby has clusters of big sofas festooned with squashy cushions and a games corner. Rooms are not vast, but they're well-appointed, with nice touches like a well-lit, mirrored alcove with a hairdryer. Bathrooms are new and shiny with double sinks, oversize rainfall showers, robes, slippers, magnifying mirror and White Company toiletries.
The spa and indoor pool have been refurbished, and there's a new outdoor pool and sunbathing area, as well as a kids' playground. Kids get a generous welcome pack and cuddly duck.
An excellent menu at the fine-dining Lock restaurant features plenty of fish and vegetarian dishes. A huge breakfast spread includes veggie sausages so kosher eaters can enjoy a faux Full English.
Rate: From £124.00
Tel: 01784 220600