We stayed for one night in April 2014. While I have attended a conference at the ExCel Centre previously, this stay was during a vacation, and is written from that perspective.
Rooms: a pleasant surprise. Clean and just very well-organized. The room is furnished simply, with all the essentials; they say that you can take anything in the room - and they mean it. Even though the rooms are not that large in terms of square footage, they are set up in such a way that it _feels_ very spacious, and not cramped at all. The windows extend from wall to wall, resulting in a lot of daylight, and an almost panoramic view.
Service: only really checked in and checked out, but the front desk was friendly, courteous, and efficient during our limited encounters.
Location: attached to the ExCel Centre, so obviously an excellent location if you're attending a convention or conference there. Even if you're not, it's connected Prince Regent DLR station by a walkway and a very short walk. It's a short DLR ride to Stratford or Canning Town, at which point you can speed into the centre of London on the Jubilee line. Although it's not easy to pop in and out of the hotel throughout the day if you'll be in the centre of town, it's a reasonably easy and quick commute for any visitor.
Value: can be totally hit and miss - the room rate varies _dramatically_ depending if there is a convention going on during that time. If there is, the rate may be much higher, or rooms may not be available at all. If not, the rates are very reasonable, and can be one of the best value propositions in London.
Overall: certainly more than what we expected. It's a lovely hotel whose rooms make great use of space, and as a result feel more comfortable than they should. The service is very good, as is the location. What may end up determining whether or not you stay is whether you need to make use of the convention centre, and if not, whether the rates are a good value for the nights you want to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only hotel directly connected to ExCel London International Convention Centre (ICC), Aloft London ExCel features 252 Guest Rooms and Suites, a w xyz(SM) bar, re:fuel by Aloft(SM) where guests can grab a snack 24/7, and the re:mix(SM) lounge. Complimentary wired and wireless high speed internet access is also available throughout the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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