The Enterprise wasn't a *bad* hotel, all things considered. Bear that in mind as you read on.
The room (221) had a bed, toilet and shower and it was all reasonably clean. It was just a shame it was all so cramped! The en-suite is built into a corner of the room so it's really small. I can't emphasise this enough - if you're claustrophobic, this isn't going to be your favourite place. The air-conditioning didn't work. I could have complained but at 1am when I wanted it to work what were they reasonably going to do about it...
The view: pigeons, pigeon droppings, netting, and drain pipes, but then again it's London. Compared to many places in the city that's a premium view.
The highlight of the room - the sink is so small the kettle doesn't even fit under the taps to fill. I had to use a water glass to transfer water to the kettle - enjoyable if you're participating in a Crystal Maze challenge; mildly annoying if you need a cuppa NOW.
Oh, you can hear other guests in the hotel. To the amorous couple staying in the room nearby, I award you 8 out of 10 for effort and you need to work on the moaning a bit more.
I almost gave up at check-in and went to a decent hotel when the desk staff insisted on me providing photo ID - passport ideally, as my driving licence seemed to be only just acceptable. I'm not an international traveller - there's no need to see or take a copy of my ID (especially as the room's been prepaid by my employer, a very well-respected organisation!).
Why, when I go out for the evening, do I have to leave my key at reception? Oh yes, because the rooms use real keys that fit in locks rather than marginally more secure card systems. The security-conscious might like to reflect upon that point.
So, after a night where I was too hot, kept awake by lovers (!) and starting to appreciate what being buried alive feels like, I emerged, bleary-eyed, in need of breakfast. It did the job and didn't make me ill. I'd like to pass comment on the bacon and sausages but they'd run out when I went along the self-service buffet. Perhaps that says all I need to.
In summary, it's an extremely average London hotel in a convenient location, but there's plenty of chain hotels within minutes' walk which will give you a consistent experience for not much more. It's worth the extra.
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