The room was slightly larger than the bed and an odd feature (which could be construed as an environmentally friendly feature), was that the electricity for the room only turns on when the room key card is inserted into a reader box near the door. It needs to remain in the box or the electricity turns off. It's also a great way to lock yourself out of your own room.
There was no air conditioning in the room and we had the misfortune to arrive during some hot humid weather. The nights were uncomfortable and sweaty despite the desk fan (provided by the hotel) running all night long. The windows opened a bit (only about 3" at its widest point, so air exchange with the outside was very poor. Oh, and there's no exhaust fan in the bathroom.
As for room features, the bathroom and all its amenities were fairly standard. The room had a safe for your valuables, but it was out of order.
There are no accessible stairs in the hotel so everyone is forced to use one of the 3 elevators parked on the ground floor. It's a big hotel and needless to say, getting from the top floor down to the ground floor often took a long time with stops on each intervening floor. The situation could have been improved by simply distributing the parked elevators to different floors, but then that would just make too much sense.
Breakfasts were all you can eat and cost almost 10 GBP (about $19) per person. They consisted of eggs, sausages, hash browns, toast, fried mushrooms, and beans, as well as any breakfast drink you'd prefer. The breakfasts were convenient although you can get a cheaper breakfast elsewhere nearby.
A good point about this hotel was that it was quiet despite its location right next to one of London's biggest tourist draws (the London Eye and the South Bank of the Thames). Overall, it was an extremely bare-bones hotel which was pricey for what one gets (although I suppose it's an average price for London). I would stay there again briefly only if there was a good reason to be in that particular neighborhood.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just minutes away from the London Eye, in sight of some of London's most famous landmarks and in the same building as the Shrek Adventure, Premier Inn London County Hall puts you at the heart of the city. - From this central spot, located in the historic County Hall building, you'll be able to see all sides of the capital. And most importantly, no matter what you discover during the day, our spacious rooms and extra-cosy beds will make sure you get a great night's sleep. Directions: Situated in the historic County Hall building, next to the London Eye, opposite the Houses of Parliament. Walking distance from West End and Theatreland. Please note this hotel does not have an onsite car park. However, we do have a partnership with Valet Inspired Parking. ... more less
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- Premier Inn County Hall
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