I feel sorry for all those people who have had negative experiences at this hotel; however I must say that my experience was absolutely fantastic in every respect - to the extent that my stay at the Ibis London East Barking was better than some Mercure hotels.
The staff were extremely attentive to all my needs: they were friendly, polite and gave service with a smile all the time.
The food in the restaurant was impressive for an Ibis - a good range of dishes and drinks and offered a Curry of the Day and Pie of the Day every day. I dined there 3 of the 4 nights I stayed - on each occasion, the food was excellent and service was quick.
Breakfast was very good for an Ibis standard. I have stopped at a lot of Ibis hotels; hence I know very well the normal "Ibis Breakfast formula" - a mix of cereals, yoghurts, fruit, breads, jams and hot/cold drinks. However, at this Ibis, there were also baked beans, scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon and hash browns - which was a pleasant surprise.
As for its location, it is situated near to the North Circular (A406) road; so is within easy range of other major roads. It is about 15 minutes walk from Barking town centre and train station (served by the Hammersmith & City Underground Line, the District Underground Line, London Overground and National Rail c2c services); which makes it ideally-placed for a ride into the centre of London.
The room was the normal Ibis standard - a decent size, with a very comfy double bed, desk and flatscreen TV. It was clean and very pleasant for a 4 night stay.
Overall, a really super stay - and hope to be back at some point in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This recently refurbished hotel is only 10 minutes walk away from the Barking tube station, 10 minutes' drive from the O2 and ExCeL exhibition centres and 20 minutes from Tower Bridge and central London. Reception is open 24 hours a day and there is a restaurant and bar on site. The bar serves snacks around the clock and breakfast is available any time from 06.30 until 10.00 a'clock on weekdays with a late riser offer until 12.00 pm and from 06.30 until 12.00 pm on weekends. The hotel has 86 rooms with large double beds and built in freeview HD TVs. All rooms have warm air heating as well as air cooling, power jet showers and WIFI access. Each room has tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel's 15-minute satisfaction guarantee promises to provide a solution to any problem the hotel may be responsible for, within 15 minutes, or your room is free of charge. You can pick up a snack or light meal in the FOGG'S restaurant, or relax with a nightcap in the friendly bar. Hotel has on-site parking (£3/day) for up to 60 cars.Guests driving must register car at reception. The Ibis London Barking hotel is a modern London hotel with 86 rooms. Located only 15 minutes drive from the ExCel Exhibition Centre and London City Airport. The City and London Bridge are a short drive away. Our contemporary rooms comes with satellite, Freeview TV & air cooling. You can pick up a snack or light meal in the FOGG'S restaurant, or relax with a nightcap in the friendly bar. Hotel has on-site parking (£3/day) for up to 60 cars.Guests driving must register car at reception. We are currently undergoing modernization work. Disruption will be kept to a minimum and should not impact on your stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis London Barking Essex