Hotel Bosco classed as 'boutique' is probably a bit of a culture shock for Surbiton that is otherwise known for its fast rail service into London for commuters and The Good Life TV series.
I decided to stay there as it had come up in my search on a comparison website several times before. However, usually I go for a budget hotel to save money so I can indulge myself in the great shopping there is on offer in the area but this time I decided to treat myself and booked it up.
Prices will vary but if you go to the website and click on special offers you'll find weekend deals start at £149 for two nights which includes breakfast. There are also other packages that include tickets to tourist attractions in the area such as Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens.
To get to the shops in neighbouring Kingston upon Thames town centre takes approx. 25 minutes on foot but only a few minutes by car (the best option for getting back with shopping bags). If you're going by bus the 281 will drop you directly outside John Lewis.
Hotel Bosco is perfect as a London stop over for shoppers and tourists as well as professionals. It's within close enough proximity to get to central London within half an hour but far away enough to forget the hustle and bustle of the busy capital. To get to the hotel from London there are direct trains to Surbiton from London Waterloo depart regularly and take approx. 30 minutes, look for trains that terminate at Woking.
All the essentials were there; tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen TV, extra pillows and a bath and shower in a decent sized en suite bathroom.
After a long day shopping in the busy market town of Kingston next to Surbiton the last thing I wanted to do was have to hunt down a decent restaurant to eat at in the evening. Thankfully, I didn't have to go far; situated on the main high street a Pizza Express, local take-away shops and independent restaurants are all a minutes' walk away.
Alternatively, just eat in the hotel lounge although I didn't do so myself I hear it's a safe bet. If the sight sophisticated yet relaxed bar takes your fancy then stay and enjoy a post-dinner drink with the trendy clientele.
I got a brilliant night's sleep and didn't hear a peep out of my neighbors, if in fact there was anyone else in the rooms, I never found out.
For those of you that prefer a cooked breakfast you might be disappointed but as a fry-up lover myself I have to admit Hotel Bosco laid out a lovely continental breakfast with lots to choose from.
The staff were friendly and well trained - service in all aspects of the hotel appeared to be running like a well-oiled machine. Hotel Bosco is truly luxurious and definitely puts an otherwise sleepy Suburb on the map!