...after reading previous reviews. I was dreading 1/ check-in taking forever, 2/ railway noise, 3/ nowhere nearby to eat at a weekend, 4/ a scrum for a poor breakfast etc. My fears were unfounded.
1/ On arrival at 7.30pm on a Friday the reception was very busy with people checking in and what looked like a school prom. We were attended to immediately and were in our room within ten minutes. As it was nearly bedtime for our small daughter, I grabbed a takeaway pizza for DW and me from Pizza Express which is about three minutes walk away.
2/ Our room was right on Fenchurch St. station platform but do you know what, we could barely hear the trains, the lines mustn't have any joints there because you don't hear any of that clunkety-clunk train noise. You could just hear some of the station announcements but only just. Yes, we would have loved to have been lucky and got a view of the Tower but we weren't so the curtains just stayed closed most of the time. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom although a bit on the small side was reasonably equipped with nice toiletries.
3/ If you head away from the Tower into the city you will find a lot of the places, even little convenience shops closed for the weekend but there's a Wetherspoons pub right across the road for a pint and a bite to eat, the aforementioned Pizza Express is close by too. Not fine dining but acceptable reasonably priced grub. On Saturday night we walked to St .Katherine's dock about five minutes away and went to Strada, a chain Italian restaurant. All good, service, food and price. A bottle of wine was about the same as you'd pay at restaurants where I live and the water for the table was bottled filtered tap water FOC. A pleasant surprise in London not to feel your eyes are being taken out. I suppose some may find the area too quiet at night so if you want some kind of massive rave party your probably out of luck round there.
4/ We aren't big breakfast eaters and the selection for Continental breakfast was fine. Cereals, fresh fruit salad, cold meats and cheese, bread rolls etc. Fruit juices weren't of good quality but there was enough selection to have a decent start to the day. The coffee was terrible though, only barely warm when it didn't need to be. Breakfast room was only about a third full at 8.30 am.
We booked this hotel based on price and because it had a pool and a central London location with good access to the tube so we could use that to explore London.
It fitted the bill on all these points, now if only they could warm their coffee up and upgrade me to an Imperial Super Deluxe Maharajah suite next time!
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