I picked this hotel as the price and area where right and the reviews were very good. The Hotel is located just a few minutes away from the Tower Hill tube station, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Tower bridge pier for the boats.
The hotel is very impressive inside with a large glass ceiling above the lobby bar and and a large reception area. At check-in you are given a warm chocolate cookie (a tin of which you can purchase, i noticed), however it would have been better if we had been given this after we had checked in as by the time we had finished all the details and got to our room for a well earned cuppa, the cookie was just about warm. It was lovely none the less.
Our room was located on the 5th floor and was at the back of the hotel with a floor to ceiling window overlooking a lovely little pub and looking upwards towards a new skyscraper in the process of being built. A view of the Tower would have been nicer but this was not unpleasant as I believe that some of the rooms may have only had an internal window overlooking the bar's glass roof. The room was a good size and the bathroom was immaculate with a walk in shower, toilet and sink and plenty of towels. The bed was nice with plenty of pillows although it was quite low down. The only disappointment, as with most city hotels, is that there are never enough drawers to put your things away, especially as we were staying for 4 nights. I would be a good idea to have portable drawers which could be put into rooms were people are staying for more than a couple of nights (take note city hotels). The room was very warm on arrival and the climate control was a little strange and the room always seemed on the warm side no matter how low I put the temperature, The TV was an Air Mac I think they are called, basically an Apple Mac TV which is also a computer and goodness knows what else, the handset resembles a I-pod nano which is a novelty however there were very few instructions on how to use or to alter the brightness on the TV which was very dark and we had to get the maintenance in to sort it. Turns out you have to go to the computer mode and do it that way, of course you do.
They have a gym which is small but not bad, it has towel for use and a water cooler, however there is no pool in the hotel. There is a rooftop bar which unfortunately I did not get the chance to visit although the price list was quite high. The breakfast room was quite spacious with plenty of choice for both continental or full breakfast although we did have to ask to some more hot water for our tea as it was only just warm on the first morning. There are free papers available at the entrance to the breakfast room however most people seem to have a tablet beside them these days.
I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone, business or pleasure primarily for it's location. Hope you think it is as good as we did.
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- At DoubleTree by Hilton, we know that the little things mean everything. These days, travel can be hard. At DoubleTree by Hilton we understand that, and every little thing we do adds up to creating a rewarding experience for our guests. This is evidenced through the signature warm chocolate chip cookies guests receive upon arrival, the advantages of the award-winning Hilton HHonors(R) guest reward program and our industry-recognized Culture of CARE that's been part of our DNA since 1985. ... more less
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