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Carbon footprints and environmental impact are huge concerns of the modern traveller, especially those who have to fly often, so it is refreshing to arrive at a hotel where being eco-friendly is the main focus, from the organic, fair-trade food in the restaurant, to the recycled and sustainable furnishings in the rooms. Rafayel on the Left Bank Hotel and Spa is a luxurious 5-star hotel where you can be sure you are doing your bit for the environment whilst you rest and play. The hotel is situated in the Battersea district of London, just south of the River Thames, opposite affluent Chelsea Harbour and is suitable for both business and leisure guests.
Rooms at the Rafayel Hotel feature bespoke furnishings and fittings, with Roca porcelain in the bathrooms and Murano glass mosaic tiles. Rooms are spacious and decorated in a tasteful, low key, contemporary style, with a cool, calm colour palette and plenty of floor space. Furnishings are also made of recycled leather and wood from sustainable sources and Hypnos beds are used, which are fully recycled with a zero landfill process. Rooms come with a stunning range of amenities, including touch control glass panels for door access, light, room service and air conditioning control; a jet-lag recovery system; a MediaHub panel where guests can connect their iPods, digital cameras, a games console and DVD player to the TV and audio system; Phillips 32" Ambilight LCD TVs; an IPTV system with movies, games, express checkout and radio; free broadband and WI-FI internet connections; organic toiletries by Content/Wellbeing; tea and coffee making facilities; an eco-friendly dry-cleaning service; and blackout curtains to ensure you have a peaceful night's sleep, and you can rest easy knowing that all appliances work on renewable energy.
The hotel also boasts a range of restaurants, including Banyan on the Thames for fine riverside dining; the Left Bank Brasserie for lighter bites and lunching; MyChelle's Baketique for delectable cupcakes; and afternoon tea is served in the hotel lobby.
The hotel also boasts a fabulous spa and gym, where you can relax and beautify or pump some iron in sophisticated, ambient surroundings. The spa includes a hydrotherapy pool, exercise pool, sauna, steam rooms and private treatment rooms for a range of massages and treatments, and the gym features state of the art equipment.
With so much to do in the hotel you may not wish to step outside into the less calming streets of London, but there is plenty to see and do nearby, so you'd be missing out if you spend the whole time in the spa. Battersea has become very trendy in the past few years and the area has become very affluent, as has the modern Chelsea Harbour complex. The hotel is a 20-minute walk away from the pleasant green space of Battersea Park, where you can enjoy funfair rides in the summer and meet the monkeys, otters and flamingos of Battersea Children's Zoo, which will enthrall big kids too. 15 minutes south of the hotel you will come across Clapham Junction, where you will find a wide range of shops, from Debenhams department store and TK Maxx clothing, to the exquisite independent boutiques and vintage shops of Northcote road, where there are some very quaint brunch cafes. Clapham Junction Station is one of the busiest in the city, with thousands of trains leaving each day. From here you can catch a train to Victoria Station (where you can catch the Gatwick Express Train) or Waterloo Station in 10 minutes. From Waterloo you can visit the Imperial War Museum or catch a play at the Old and Young Vic Theatres, or you can explore the fascinating South Bank area, where you will find the London Eye, the National Theatre, the Southbank Centre, The London Aquarium and the Royal Albert Hall. You can also take a speedboat down the Thames if you want a bit of a thrill ride.
Victoria is home to large theatres such as the Apollo Victoria and the Victoria Palace, where you can see a mega musical and the elegant Belgravia district has some expensive but divine boutiques where you can buy designer macaroon and chocolate creations. From Clapham Junction you can also catch a train to Imperial Wharf and explore the Chelsea Harbour area, where you will find the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre for lush furniture creations and from this area you can easily travel to Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea Football Club play, and the King's Road, for exclusive shopping.
The Rafayel on the Left Bank Hotel and Spa is a great hotel, with reasonable rates for such a luxurious establishment, a stunning spa and some of the most imaginative guest rooms in the city. The eco-conscious focus of the hotel is a unique feature which makes it just that bit more attractive for guests. The hotel is in a slightly inconvenient location for seeing the sights in central London, but managers have provided a thoughtful shuttle service to the nearest station, so this isn't too much of a negative point, although you may have to get the odd taxi back if you plan to stay out very late. Rooms at the front of the hotel are advised as they are quiet and have nicer views than ones near the back.