I stayed here in the summer of 2010 as I had to go to a meeting early next morning. It is just round the corner from the Tower Gateway DLR so is very convient for Transport. Liverpool St is about 15 mins walk away and London Bridge is a longer walk but ther bus service RV1 from London Bridge ( bus stop is opp the London Dungeon ) . It is about 10 mins walk from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge and the City of London is minutes away.
there are Tourist Tour Buses that run form just outside the Tower of London which is again, just a few minutes walk away.
There is an NCP car park on the same block as the hotel which you enter from near Royal Mint st - about 5 mins walk away.
It is quite quiet in the evening as the City of London is essentially a business district. DLR also run direct sevices to Canary Wharf - good for shopping and eating but you can get a tube / bus/ riverboat to either Greenwich or Central London. The hotel itself was comfortable and clean but basic. It doesn't have lots of toiletries in the room as they assume you bring your own but you can buy some on site from dispensing machines. Also available are a selection of snacks and hot drinks but there is tea and coffee supplied in the room.
I was on the 5th floor overlooking the DLR but there was no noise at all due to the double glazing. the services stop at about 1am and resume at about 6am.
A 'as much as you can eat' buffet breakfast is available for £7.99 but if you cross the road to the Wetherspoons, they have cheaper breakfasts whcih are lovely. And you just choose what you want so it is cheaper than paying £7.99 for a lot more than you would probably eat or want. I had orange juice, coffee and a cooked breakfast for about £5 and it was served very quickly.
Overall I would recommend this hotel.
I slummed it in this Travel Lodge and was not impressed.
The room was cold, despite putting the heating up to the max. The bed was a nightmare. I literally sunk into the middle and was very uncomfortable. In the evening I ordered two single measure JD's with mixer - which cost nearly £10. Expensive - even for London.
Breakfast was not included with my room, which i was thankful for.
One things for sure - I won't be stopping here again.
Location is the only advantage to this hotel - near pubs and restaurants.
Travel Lodges are generally pretty grim and this one is particularly bleak. It's very very basic.
And, my room smelled funny. I was not able to attribute the scent to any previously experienced smell, so can only describe it 'peculiar'. Apart from that, it was clean enough so no complaints otherwise.
I also didn't like the entrance. That makes me sound like a crazy person, so let me explain - you don't have to walk through reception to get to the corridors where the room are. There is a big staircase right at the front door and the corridors lead off that, so there's no one watching who comes in and out. The corridors are accessed through your swipe card, but I still didn't feel particularly secure. It would be an ideal hotel if you were up to something elicit and didn't want anyone to see you coming and going, but that wasn't on the cards for me, and for a lone female, I didn't feel it was particularly safe. Also, some guy started kicking off in the corridor in the middle of the night - not ideal really.
Plus, they are so cheap that the rooms don't even have hairdryers. You have to go to reception to get one, and they will only let you borrow it for 2 hours. Which means if you want to dry your hair in the morning, you either have to journey downstairs pre-shower in your jammies, or post shower when your hair is dripping wet. Who thought that one up? A bald guy I reckon.
It's a convenient location though, it's literally right round the corner from the Tower Hill DLR station. I have no idea about the food - standard Travel Lodge stuff I think, but it's London, you're surrounded by much better places to eat, so go to one of them.
I wouldn't choose to stay here again, it was the smell that did it. And the hairdryer.
For the price, we were very pleased at the size and quality of the room. It was exceedingly clean, within walking distance of the DLR, tube, and ferry, and lots of restaurants around. We never made it to breakfast, but I would stay here again in a heartbeat.
Well, one has to admit that the hotel interieur is modern as the place has been recently renovated. The location is convienient for business and leisure purposed which goes along with good rates. BUT the service was very bad in our case: Although booked for 2 adult, the room was set up for only one guest. My request for additional towels and pillows upon check-in was not answered as promised. When I then returned the same evening, the front desk didn't have sufficient supply to help me out. The next evening I had to ask for some toilet paper at the front-desk as the room service must have "overlooked" this. (the couple next door had the same problem!)
Conclusion: cheaper is NOT better!
Cheap and convenient. Of course Travelodge is usually bleak accommodation, but as far as London goes, who really wants to spend time in their hotel room anyway?
I decided to stay at the newly developed hotel (sans reviews), and was in for a surprise. Though my room was situated on the ground floor (passerbys on the streets could stare into the room, though there the windows are double glassed) and a bit on the small side, I can't complain. I had a flat screen TV in the room (but you can't adjust the angle) and a comfy bed. The hotel was also conveniently situated near the Tower Hill station (closer to the Tower Gateway station but who knows when it will open). However, the area is a bit quiet and it probably isn't a good idea to walk alone at night if you're a girl. There was a Wetherspoons on the opposite road for a nicer breakfast than the 7.99 buffet breakfast they offer. Overall, I was pleased with the service and the room I was given.
OK, so it's a budget option, but a recent stay confirmed that it was cheap and cheerful: the room was reasonably sized by London standards and very clean, though it was a bit short of hangers (just 4 for a double room); a small but adequate shower/toilet room (no shampoo though, so bring your own); and amazingly, despite a room that overlooked the tracks into Fenchurch Street station, there was hardly any train noise (and I am a very light sleeper). This is because it was quadruple-glazed (essentially two lots of double glazing with a big gap in between). This might be a problem in the summer, however, if you needed the window open, as the hotel does not appear to be air-conditioned. It is about two minutes' walk from Tower Gateway DLR and five minutes from Tower Hill Underground, and just over five minutes from Aldgate. As others have said, for the money, the breakfast is a bit limited: just scrambled egg, baked beans, sausages and bacon in the hot buffet; and croissants, tiny muffins and toast in the continental section. And a rather grim coffee machine instead of proper coffee. So, OK if you are in a hurry, but Wetherspoons (two minutes' walk) offers a much better selection, and also does evening meals (standard pubby fare) at reasonable prices until 10pm. Overall: I'd be happy to stay here again in the winter, especially if the price was right.
I was really pleasantly surprised.
My room faced the DLR station to the rear of the hotel and I was a little worried about noise, however trains pretty much stopped running after midnight and did not resume until 6.30 ish the next morning. No need for an alarm clock then! Hotel was clean and tidy, flat screen TV which was difficult to see lying on the bed. There is a Wetherspoons very close to the hotel so it is possible to get something to eat. If you wander a bit further 10-15mins then there is more choice. The room was very clean and tidy and pretty good value for money. There is a bar in the hotel and it is possible to get something to eat on site. Not sure where you will park if you decide to drive in, but I would budget for it or else get the train. The hotel is a 5 min walk from the Tower Hill underground and ideally situated for The Tower of London. I have paid a lot more and got a lot less, excellent value for money!
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