The hotel is just a few steps from tower bridge tube station. If you're catching public transport in, I suggest getting off at the tower bridge station as it's just down the road.
The hotel itself has a very lavish looking foyer. I arrived late at night and was promptly checked in. Unfortunately, didn't have any help hauling my luggage to my room (but didn't ask).
The building itself is very old, so there are loads and loads of doors everywhere. Every corridor and hallway has another door. The inside of the building has very lush carpeting and thick wooden fixtures, making it look a bit like the inside of the Titanic.
The hotel has a restaurant attached which makes for good room service, and there are some items on the menu that are available 24/7. Great! I was starving when I arrived and was able to get a late night meal.
The room I was issued was in a smoking section, but by the time I had hauled my luggage up to the floor and gotten through the maze of doors, I was too tired to ask for a room change. I think it would've been nice to have been asked if I wanted to be in a smoking or non-smoking section when checking in, rather than just assigned to that area.
The walls of the rooms are very thin, so if the person in the next room is having a conversation, you'll be hearing it. Luckily, the hotels guests were predominantly business travellers whilst I was there, so there weren't too many late night disruptions.
The room itself was large, with two queen beds stuck together to make a weird super king bed. It was honestly the largest bed I've ever slept in, but I didn't need all of that. Still, it was a nice luxury.
The room had a very large LCD in it, a pants press, a small bar fridge and the normal amenities. The bathroom offered a range of rose smelling soaps (which were actually quite nice for free hotel stuff!). The bathroom was a bit outdated, with the shower being in the bathtub. The bathtub was rather large itself, big enough to bath in comfortably, but it did look a bit old.
I didn't use the other facilities of the hotel, but the concierge was especially helpful and provided me great tube directions. There was also a free computer+printer available to print out flight tickets, which was great.
I checked a bunch of booking sites before reserving my room, but the website itself had a prepaid special on last minute bookings. The price was far better than anything else I could find online and I feel like I scored a bargain. Because it was prepaid, the bar fridge was locked (I didn't need it anyway). The hotel left free complimentary bottled waters in my room, and I felt this was sufficient.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Launched in June 2011, the brand new Grange Tower Bridge Hotel redefines luxury accommodation and events facilities within the famous Tower Bridge district. Signature facilities include an expansive Conference and Events Centre, together with a luxurious Wellness Centre offering an extensive range of beauty and holistic treatments. The Grange Tower Bridge incorporates renewable solar and photovoltaic panels, and has an on-site borehole to reduce water consumption – making it one of the most energy-efficient hotels to open in recent years. ... more less
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