My husband and I booked a week's stay at Odessa Wharf through RCI. The location is not in the center of the city, but there just aren't that many RCI locations in London. In the end, in many ways, we greatly enjoyed being in a quieter, more residential part of the city. We would definitely recommend Odessa Wharf, perhaps not for everybody, and we would definitely go back again.
Odessa Wharf is located in the Docklands section of London, specifically in what used to be the Surrey Docks. When the docks, after the advent of container shipping meant that the port moved down the river to Tilbury, most of the docks were eventually filled in and new housing and shopping was built. Odessa Wharf is one of the genuinely older buildings that predates the new construction. It sits perpindicular to the river, with all the doors to the units debouching on a bricked walkway that leads from the street down to the river.
We stayed in one of the one-bedroom units that looks directly out on the Thames. At high tide, in the evening, we could hear the river splashing against the seawall at the bottom of the building.
The unit was scrupulously clean but was, I think, starting to show a little bit of age. The sofa and chair covers looked a little worn and pilled, and some of the coffee mugs were chipped. They weren't enough to detract from our experience.
Because the Surrey Quays tube stop is closed for construction, the closest stop is Canada Water, about a mile away. It's a pleasant walk along the Greenland Dock to the station, or you can take the buses that run frequently from a stop a short walk from Odessa Wharf. We also enjoyed taking the Thames Clipper from the Greenland Dock, which is also a short walk.
The reception office door of Odessa Wharf looks out on the beer garden/rear entrance of the Ship and Whale, a pub that dates from the 1850s. The food there was excellent, and the bar tender delightful. We also ate dinner at three places at the Surrey Quays shopping center, largely because it was right there when we got of the tube after a day of sightseeing. Mange Tout, the sandwich shop in the mall's food court, was very good. Orleans House, a full-service restaurant in the mall parking area, was only so-so. Frankie and Benny's, also in the mall parking area, was predictable Italian, but the food was good and well-priced and the service was excellent. There's also a Pizza Hut and a Burger King at Surrey Quays and, shortly before we arrived in England, they proudly opened a Starbucks. Surrey Quays also has a huge Tesco, where we bought breakfast supplies.
Some of the information we received from RCI when we booked our room was incorrect. Odessa Wharf does have phones and hair dryers in the units (RCI said it didn't).
All in all, we got to be very fond of walking home to Odessa Wharf along the Greenland Dock every night and were sorry to go home.
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who feels that they have to be in the absolute center of things or who doesn't like to do a bit of walking, but I would recommend it highly to anyone else.
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