von Essen hotels announces official opening date of Hotel Verta

von Essen hotels announces official opening date of Hotel Verta

von Essen hotels announced today at Business Travel Market 2010 that its first new build and London hotel, Verta is to “land” at The Vertical Gateway, the London Heliport at Battersea, on 12 September 2010. Hotel Verta will be the first integrated hotel heliport solution in Europe and will join von Essen’s Forbury Hotel in Reading and Seaham Hall Hotel in County Durham to make up the Collection’s Metropolitan Set.

Everything at Hotel Verta, from the unique location on the Thames, to the stunning architecture and state of the art technology, is there to ensure that guests, whether business or leisure, have their every expectation exceeded.

The hotel, built as part of the ‘Bridges Wharf Battersea’ development, has already won ‘Best International High Rise Architecture Award’ at the Daily Mail International property Awards which took place in November 2009.

The hotel’s design, inspired by the Halcyon days of aviation, combines timeless elegance with modernity. The hotel lobby is a striking double height atrium with a signature sweeping staircase up to the mezzanine level. All of the 70 bedrooms, including 14 suites, are furnished in a classically modern style, each with original artwork and the finest bespoke fittings.

All day dining of traditional English and modern European dishes will be available in the elegant Patrisey Restaurant (an Anglo-Saxon name for Battersea) – whether guests fancy poached eggs or rump steak for breakfast or dinner, they can enjoy their delicious, high-quality dishes at any time of the day. In summer months, guests can enjoy views of the Thames from the al fresco terrace area. 


The Vertilon bar and lounge on the mezzanine level is a glamorous, contemporary bar, a place to enjoy an extensive selection of cocktails and a place to see and be seen. The gold and black marble, striking lighting create a destination bar on the South bank of the Thames that is perfect for meeting friends and family for afternoon tea, informal meetings, or after work drinks. As dusk falls, Champagne will be the signature drink and guests can dine on tapas and tasty platters whilst admiring the view. Vertilon provides glamour, style, views and atmosphere, which together with great food, drink and company, makes it the ultimate London lounge bar.

The hotel also offers a tranquil subterranean oasis – Spa Verta. The Spa cocoons guests in a luxurious, rejuvenating environment offering an innovative hydro-vitality pool consisting of air loungers, air seat, standing air station and two neck massage stations, sanarium, heated lounges, steam room, sauna, gym and signature spa treatments in the four therapy rooms. There will also be a grooming room at the Spa. The leading brand in the Spa is Anne Semonin, a pioneer in combining trace elements and essential oils whose synergy contributes to effective penetration and action. The brand has existed for over twenty years and was the precursor to the concept of “made to measure” beauty.

Business guests are looked after by the ‘Business by Verta’ offering on the dedicated conference and events level. Cutting edge conference and meeting facilities including Wi-Fi throughout, with capacity for up to 200 delegates, also offer superb panoramic views along the Thames. The meeting rooms include Foxtrot, the largest of all the meeting rooms at 165 sqm holding up to 200 guests for a reception. Other meeting rooms include Juliet, Echo, Bravo, Golf, Charlie and the smallest Alpha which is 25 sqm.

A shuttle service will transport hotel guests and business guests to and from Clapham Junction train station and to Victoria station throughout the day at regular intervals.

The opening of Hotel Verta coincides with the regeneration of the Thames riverfront and the hotel is expected to create circa 100 new jobs. Hotel Verta as part of the London Heliport complex is leading this investment in the fast changing Southbank metropolitan skyline. Hotel Verta will be unveiled to coincide with the golden years of the heliport- London’s only commercial heliport. With the forthcoming Olympic Games the heliport’s profile is set to be raised dramatically.