We stayed for 1 night in a superior double room, booked via lastminute's secret hotels scheme. We paid £126 for the night (room only) which we considered good value as this is a 5* star hotel and the Travelodge over the road was £130!
Check-in was smooth although it was a little strange to be asked for photo ID at a hotel. Our driving licenses were photocopied - the first time we've had this done - but maybe this is standard procedure nowadays?
Staff were friendly and efficient. The room we were given, 638, was fantastic. We'd asked for a nice view and had a great view of the Gherkin. The room was big considering it was the 'standard' room and contained a huge bed (Super King?) and sofa with coffee table. The bathroom was bright, spotless and contained a very nice high tech shower with a rainfall shower head and body jets.
I was pleased to see fairtrade coffee on the refreshments tray although it would've been nice to have fresh milk provided rather than UHT.
Bathrobes and slippers weren't already in the room as I'd thought, although they were available via housekeeping (but I was too shy to request one). Similarly, I was surprised not to be offered a complimentary newspaper, given the 5* rating. Nothing worth reducing the score over though.
Location was great, a couple of minutes walk from the tube and very near the Minories car park (just £2 for our stay of nearly 24h!).
We had breakfast at the Wetherspoons next door. £4.29 for Eggs Benedict as opposed to £11.50 at the hotel and it was a lot quieter than the busy hotel restaurant too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Launched in June 2011, the brand new Grange Tower Bridge Hotel redefines luxury accommodation and events facilities within the famous Tower Bridge district. Signature facilities include an expansive Conference and Events Centre, together with a luxurious Wellness Centre offering an extensive range of beauty and holistic treatments. The Grange Tower Bridge incorporates renewable solar and photovoltaic panels, and has an on-site borehole to reduce water consumption – making it one of the most energy-efficient hotels to open in recent years. ... more less
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