I stayed here for 2 nights while attending a conference at the Excel in February. The refurbishment was still going on downstairs so there were no facilities available other than my room. Like other reviews have said this wasn’t mentioned or advertised when I booked the room so I was annoyed at this especially as no apologies or discounts were offered.
The room was perfectly fine, clean and large enough for one person and I had a view overlooking the Thames. Breakfast was served in the adjacent Novatel during my stay and the quality of this was fine although the buffet style only had very small plates on offer which I found strange seeing as though you could just go back up and have a 2nd or 3rd plateful.
The hotel is ideally placed for the Excel, only 100 metres or so away door to door.
The nightlife is centred around the other hotel bars and the Fox at the excel pub which if you turn right out of the hotel door and then look left as you reach the excel steps is not far away. Beer is around £3.80 a pint and bar food meals at between £8 and £15 are served all day. I ate here on the first night while watching the football and it was perfectly adequate ‘pub grub’. The second night I decided to try the Chinese Karaoke bar for food, just along the road from the fox. This was really busy for a Tuesday night and after eating I could see why as the food was very good. I and a colleague had the 2 person set meal, which I can definitely recommend at £18.50 each.
Located very near is the emirates sky ride across the Thames to the o2, I did intend to go on the second night but after two long days at the conference couldn’t summon up the energy! I was told that it cost £6 each way and there is a lot of nightlife around the o2.
As for the hotel I would have probably given it 4 or even 5 if it wasn’t for the secret renovation taking place as I had no other complaints about it and would use it again when next attending an event at the Excel as long as the renovations are complete!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel ibis London Excel-Docklands with views over Royal Victoria Dock is ideally located 1 minute from the ExCeL Exhibition and Convention Centre as well as the Emirates Cable Cars to the O2 Arena. Only 25 minutes from Central London and within a short ride from London City Airport, Canary Wharf, Westfield Stratford shopping centre, the Olympic Park and historic Greenwich. Enjoy our traditional and contemporary dishes and snacks at our welcoming bar and restaurant. Paying parking available.Free WiFi throughout the hotel ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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