I booked The Westbridge pretty last minute. As far as I knew, it was a pretty new hotel, probably opened for the Olympics. However, with the regeneration of Stratford, I can assume it will get some use in the future.
The HOTEL is very modern and clean, though in small areas it seemed a little unfinished - one or two skirting boards in the corridors weren't glued properly, and the doorframe in our bathroom was exposed.
We had a standard ROOM and, though very nice to look at, was a little small. No real problems though, as you aren't in London to spend a lot of time in the rooms. We had all the things we really needed, such as a TV (with a decent array of channels), hairdryer, iron, a very good shower, etc.
The main problem I found was the common sense when it came to HOUSEKEEPING - towels were changed every day, which is great, but things like toiletries and refreshments (coffee, tea, milk) were not replenished! This was annoying on the second morning when we forgot to check and had to share a cup of coffee! I think the staff would give you things if you asked, but it's not too convenient to always ring reception for everything.
My biggest problem - something I anticipated when I booked - is the LOCATION. It's in Zone 3 and takes about 40 minutes and a few changes to get to a central location (like Covent Garden). It's a hassle if you want to pop back and freshen up, etc, as it will take you 1.5 hours round trip. Also, we ended up spending around £30 each on Oyster Card top-ups for two days. Worth keeping in mind.
However, one stop away from the hotel is the Westfield Shopping Centre, which had plenty of cafes and restaurants - this is worth checking out if you want an evening meal, but don't want to travel over an hour to get somewhere decent. There doesn't seem to be anywhere decent within walking distance of the hotel.
Overall we enjoyed our stay at the hotel. I will probably stay somewhere closer to the centre next time I visit London, but - with a few teething problems sorted - The Westbridge would make a really good place to stay for the Stratford area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westbridge Hotel exudes all the luxury and comfort you would expect from a modern 4 star hotel situated in a Grade II listed building dating back to 18th century. There are 80 rooms with free WIFI internet access, individually controlled air conditioning and private bathrooms with walk in showers, luxury amenities and a hairdryer, LED Smart TVs, phone, refrigerator, safe, iron, and tea & coffee making facilities. Restaurant is open from 7am to 10pm offering full English breakfast, lunch and a la carte dinner. Note, it is Halal Restaurant, and therefore neither pork nor alcoholic beverages are served. Menu is changed seasonally to make sure only fresh, locally grown produce is used. Afternoon Tea with its freshly baked scones and mouth-watering sandwiches is served daily between 12noon and 6pm. The Westbridge Hotel also has a state of the art gym, furnished with all the latest fitness equipment and open for guests 24/7. Complimentary for all guests, whether you're a hardened gym enthusiast or just looking for a chance to be active on a rainy London day, you'll find gym facilities to be more than meet your requirements. There are 2 changing rooms with showers available for your convenience. Fresh towels and Drinking water provided at the Gym. Westbridge Lounge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, once inside, you won't want to leave behind the beautiful décor, comfortable seating and sheer cosiness brought by the fully restored original fireplace. Spacious yet intimate, it provides the perfect setting for a cup of tea or simply afternoon read. There is a wide selection of daily newspapers, magazines and books to keep guests occupied - from classics and bestsellers to children's books. It is also a place to catch up on important work with 2 computers and printer available free of charge to our guests. Hotel Courtyard offers the perfect balance of sun and shade during the summer months, and with an array of comfortable seating it really is a tranquil spot. The Westbridge Hotel is just 5 minutes' walk from Stratford Underground Station and 2 minutes' walk from Stratford High Street DLR, offering direct services to Canary Wharf and London's West End. Close walking proximity to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Westfield Stratford City will keep you entertained whilst staying in this area. ... more less
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- The Westbridge Hotel London, England