Published on January 2nd, 2012 | by simeon0
London Bridge Resort at Lake Havasu
To ease ourselves into the rush of the holiday season, we decided to spend a weekend at scenic Lake Havasu City where we stayed at the London Bridge Resort. The resort prides itself as the city’s only all-suite resort which sits on 110 waterfront acres, near the famous London Bridge. Capitalizing on the London theme, upon our entry, we were greeted with a full-size replica carriage of the wedding coach used by the royal family for generations. Check-in was very efficient and despite holiday parties scheduled that night, we were able to find ample free parking spots throughout the resort.
On our way to the room we checked out the gift shop, and noted the resort’s business center, game room, bar and restaurant. Our room was an extremely pleasant surprise as not only was there a full kitchen complete with dishwasher, refrigerator, stove, it was also supplied with all necessary kitchen utensils.
The kitchen overlooked a cozy dining area where meals can be at the dining table set for 2 or at the breakfast bar with comfortable bar stools. The spacious living room held a roomy couch, and opened up to a a patio with its own table and chairs as well. The bedroom was nicely appointed with a king-sized bed as well as a second television. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the bathroom which in addition to a very nice shower there was a jetted bathtub which had a fun, colorful light feature.
The resort offers lots of entertainment options for families and young adults. There are numerous pools at the resort, including a waterslide and a nightclub which was voted not only the largest the most popular outdoor nightclub in the city. There is also a shopping village behind the resort which offers a variety of restaurants and shops as well as easy access to the London Bridge.
Guests who walk under the bridge can take in a nice waterfront view, watercraft rentals, as well as numerous shops and restaurants. We had been told that the area is scheduled for renovation in the coming years by the helpful and friendly folks at the tourism office located just beside the bridge.
The hotel offered a great restaurant which offered room service as well as numerous dining options for those looking for something a little more formal than what the surrounding village offers. Although it is a casual setting, numerous steak and seafood options as well as appetizers were available. I selected the all-you-can-eat fish and chips which was an incredible bargain at only $9.99. The wife enjoyed teriyaki chicken skewers served with surprisingly taste green tea rice.
Guests may want to note that the bar is a very popular spot and some guests may encounter some noise in the resort depending on the activities and time of year that you are visiting. For our stay, I would say that the noise was fairly well-contained, although we occasionally did hear some of the celebrations going on nearby. The resort astutely supplies their bedside tables with earplugs in anticipation of this.
Another nice feature of the resort was seeing the surrounding area decked out in the holiday lights. There was an outdoor ice skating rink as well as a golf course adjacent to the resort and guests looking for full spa service will be happy to know it is also available on-site.
Across the street from the resort were numerous shops and restaurants as well as a movie theater, each of which was less than a 5 min. walk from the resort. For those looking to venture into town, it is a very easy city in which to drive around and offers numerous shopping and dining options ranging from local businesses to familiar chains.
The staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating and the rooms were extremely comfortable to relax in, especially with the complementary HBO and full range of stations that were offered. To see just how versatile the resort was, we decided to pick up groceries from the local Safeway and had dinner in our room one evening as a change of pace from the dining out we been doing during our trip. We were easily able to complete our dinner and settle in for the night without any issues as after being so busy with all of the sightseeing and activities it was nice to just unwind with a quiet evening in.
As nice as the resort is,the amazing beauty of the surrounding area is truly something to behold. Bordering Arizona and California, the city has not only become a popular year-round tourist attraction, but it is a haven for spring break guests as well as Hollywood celebrities who flock to the gorgeous scenery and ample lakeshore while enjoying the small-town feel that offers all the comforts and amenities of a larger city.
London Bridge Resort surpassed our expectations and we thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing albeit too short visit. We look forward to returning in the future and we strongly suggest that you schedule a stay whenever you are in this incredible city.