Lots of reviewers here seem very upset about the Copthorne's decor being passé, and it's true that most of the hotel is unfashionable, but it's also very convenient. The hotel is maybe two minutes' walk from the main railway station; it's right next to a shopping centre with a Sainsbury's; and it's maybe 15 minutes' walk to the Barbican, pedestrianised and leafy all the way to the city centre.
As with everywhere I've stayed in the UK lately, there aren't always enough parking spaces for everybody, but you can park overnight in the Sainsbury's car park beside the hotel.
The staff were all polite and cheery. They tried to sell us an upgrade and some kind of frequent user plan when we checked in, but I imagine they are obliged to do so by management, so I couldn't really hold it against them. The only hint we got of all the disorder mentioned in other Trip Advisor reviews was prior to arriving, when I booked room and breakfast and got an email confirmation that said "room only". I emailed to check, and yes, it did include breakfast.
The breakfast was excellent. It's buffet, with things such as lots of very fresh fruit and the option of proper yoghurt, which aren't that common in hotel buffets. As the menu says, if you ask they'll do various other breakfast dishes such as eggs benedict, or boil your eggs to your liking. The staff were all very efficient and good humoured. I'm still marvelling at what good value it was.
I love Ibis hotels and their space-saving design and frequent redecoration, but it was nice to be in an older hotel that still has a bath in the bathroom. The room was clean and warm, the bed was comfortable, and there was plenty of hot water. There was even an ironing board and iron, another thing you don't get in more modern hotels.
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