I stayed at this hotel with my wife and some friends whilst we were on a weekend trip to London. We considered a central London location, but in the end opted to try Hampstead as it was a bit cheaper. I hadn't realised quite how close Hampstead was to the West End, and Camden Lock. We walked to Camden Lock on the Sunday and had a fab time there and also walked to Regent's Park along the canal. Saturday we headed to Borough Market first thing so we caught the tube from Belsize Park Station which is minutes from the hotel. A very simple trip and £6.60 for a one day travel card. Borough Market was also brilliant. We arrived at Friday lunchtime at about 1.30 and our room wasn't ready (some other people's were, so if you arrive early you might be lucky). The reception staff were very friendly and helpful which was very refreshing and the carpark (£12 per night - really cheap for London, and we even left the car parked there until 4pm Sunday and were still only charged for 2 night's parking - bargain! Also there were barriers on the carpark and security cameras, so it felt like a safe place to leave the car). We went to the pub across the road for lunch but ended up only having a couple of drinks and some crisps as the kitchens were closed. We sat outside on the patio which was ok, but we went back there after dinner Friday night and realised what a dump it was - mind you that's just my opinion.
We had a walk around Hampstead Heath Friday afternoon which was nice, good views of London from Parliament Hill. We went to an Italian Restaurant, Artigiano, just round the corner from the Hotel (see separate review) which was quite upmarket, and the food was really imaginative and nicely presented and probably mid range pricewise. It was nice walk past some seriously nice townhouses to get there. Staff were a bit sniffy because a couple of us were wearing jeans and Tee shirts, but service was good, and a 12.5% service charge was levied automatically, so check your bill before you leave a tip.
We had breakfast both days at the hotel which was nice, £5.25 for continental and £8.50 for full English. We went down at about 9.00 on the Saturday and it was quiet, on Sunday we went down at about 10.00 and it was a little more hectic with staff struggling to keep everything topped up but it was still well worth it.
The rooms were normal Premier Inn standard although the room was oddly unsymmetrical as though a sofa bed or something was missing from one end. The teamaking facilities were pretty basic and the toiletries in the bathroom were in wall mounted dispensers, which was ok. Bathroom was small but adequate and fucntional.
Saturday evening we ate early near Covent Garden (Grand Indian Restaurant - see separate review), and we headed down into Hampstead for a drink when we got back, tried a couple of pubs the best of which was the Roebuck just opposite the Royal Free Hospital (the hotel is very convenient for the hospital too).
Good value hotel in a nice neighbourhood, convenient for London with good parking and nice staff. I'd use it again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located close to Hampstead Village, Hampstead Heath, the Kenwood House and Camden Town. Ideally situated for a wide variety of restaurants, with bars and boutique stores close by. Within easy reach of M1 and Belsize Park tube station just a 2 minute walk away. Our London Hampstead Premier Inn has everything you'd expect, incredibly comfy beds in every room and an onsite restaurant called Thyme. ... more less
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