The Windermere is an award winning small hotel of enormous charm and character, where the atmosphere is relaxed, the welcome is friendly and the service is personal. Located at the heart of one of the world’s finest cities, we are just a stone’s throw from some of London’s main attractions including Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Tate Britain, Harrods and the Royal Parks.
Each of our guest rooms and apartments are individually decorated and personally designed by the Hambi family, using British designers and local suppliers wherever possible. We take great pride in supporting the “best of British”.
In 2012 we completed an ambitious refurbishment project, which included the seamless installation of our lift. The lift has been a great improvement for The Windermere as walking through our classical Victorian building with its traditionally narrow corridors is now much easier for the weary traveller. We take pride in our building, our location and our hotel. Never complacent, we always seek to improve our facilities. For example, all guest rooms are now fully air-conditioned. This has been a most welcome upgrade.
All of us at The Windermere take pride in what we do, and will always strive to make you feel at home whilst you are with us. It is our ambition to ensure that you have a clean, comfortable, elegant yet cosy and above all friendly place to return to after a long day of exploring our city, be it for business or pleasure. You will always be greeted with a warm smile at Reception, at breakfast in the morning, and in our Windermere Brasserie in the evening. We all look forward to welcoming you to The Windermere soon.
The Hambi family has owned and managed The Windermere since 1987, winning a number of awards and accolades along the way.
Constantly seeking perfection, every effort is made to continuously improve the services and facilities we offer. In recent years, we have consistently been awarded and re-awarded the prestigious Gold Award from Visit England. This is the highest accolade possible for our category. The Gold Award is given in recognition of exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service.
Since 2012, we have also been awarded and re-award the coveted 4 Gold Star Award from the AA. This indicates that we are within the upper 10% of the quality score range nationally, of the 4 star Guest Accommodation rating.
In 2013, we were named “AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for London”. We received this prestigious honour, in reward and recognition of the excellent service and quality we provide our guests with.
Speaking of receiving the award, Emily Hambi said, “We feel truly honoured to have been awarded AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for London 2013. This means a great deal to us, given the high standard of competition in this great city. We wish to share this award with our wonderful team and all our loyal guests. We promise never to give up on our commitment to excellence.”
Simon Numphud, AA Hotel Services Manager said, “A great example of a family run business that has continued to re-invest in the property ensuring it remains relevant to the modern day traveller whilst retaining a friendly and welcoming ambience”.
The site upon which The Windermere stands is steeped in history. The street overlooked by our windows has seen Kings, Queens, Princes, Abbotts and Nobility pass by.
Warwick Way used to be called “The Abbott’s Lane” because it was the road that connected Westminster Abbey with the Abbott’s residence, known as the Abbott’s Grange. Number 144 stands at the point where the gate to the Abbott’s Grange existed. The Abbott’s Grange was the rest and leisure centre enjoyed not only by the Abbotts and the Monks, but also by the Kings and Princes of Medieval England.
Number 142 and 144 Warwick Way were built in 1857 as a pair of private dwellings and are fine examples of early Victorian classical design. Number 144 was probably the earliest “Bed & Breakfast” hotel in the area when in 1881 it became the locally famous “Pimlico Rooms”. The Hambi family acquired The Windermere in 1987 and has always sought to maintain the hotel’s original features and respect the building’s history, whilst combining modern comforts for their international clientele.
During World War II, this part of London was subject to heavy bombing. The façade of 144 was damaged, losing much of its fine detailed architecture. In 2012, we completed the restoration of the façade, by restoring the pediments, corbels and cornicing, in an attempt to return the building to its former glory. The Windermere now stands as an important landmark building on Warwick Way.