As a lone female business traveller in London I am always apprehensive about security and chose this as my choice for a recent trip due to excellent reviews on here.
Firstly the location is just a couple of minutes direct walk from a busy DLR station and signposted well. I would suggest grabbing a bite to eat en route or a sandwich before getting to the area (although there is a costcutter and sainsburys local about 1 minute walk away on a main road) as evening meals are not served here as a rule.
St Katharine's is a wonderful calm oasis in the midst of Limehouse with professional attentive staff. This is a Christian retreat and used by groups as a conference centre but if you are not that way inclined don't worry at all.
What I adored about RFSK was the secured central gardens and spacious communal lounge with huge comfy sofas. This was a lovely change from other hotels where the only place you can work or read in peace is your room. Ask the reception staff if you fancy a tipple or two and they will bring it to you in the lounge. A wonderful feeling of peacefulness, safety and space is present here I did not feel compelled to stay in my room - a first in many years of travel in the capital
There are no tv's which was what initially attracted me to RFSK but there is super quick wireless internet all around if you feel the need for contact with the outside world.
I stayed in a single room which did overlook the main road and I was initially concerned about road traffic noise which is present I think those used to living on a main road would not be bothered by it but as I live in a quiet close it was noticeable. £2 from reception bought me a pack of 3 sets of excellent quality earplugs (bargain!) and I slept like a baby.
The room was immaculately clean & comfortable with a single bed, good sized desk & wardrobe, the bed was very comfy with crisp white sheets.
The bathroom was generous in size and modern, again it was spotlessly clean with a powerful shower cubicle.
Breakfast was served in the dining room overlooking the gardens with buffet style juices, toast, boiled eggs, ham, cheeses, croissants, yogurts, fruit and delicious real coffee (decaf available too) it was extremely filling and again a pleasant change from the dried up Luke warm offerings presented in some hotel buffets.
Check in and out was seamless with attentive friendly staff.
Would I stay again? In a flash - I have found my little London niche now and at £68 including breakfast pleasant on the pocket too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Foundation of St Katharine is a charitable foundation which sits within, yet apart from, the heart of London’s East End. Just minutes from the City and Canary Wharf, our comfortable accommodation offers a secure and relaxing environment and an unparalleled sense of peaceful seclusion. We invite you to explore St Katharine’s and to discover what you may find in this hidden oasis. Simple, comfortable, and all with en-suite facilities, our recently refurbished bedrooms are available both to individuals and members of groups at St Katharine’s. For a long stay or short, take advantage of our proximity to central London, our excellent transport links, and the unrivaled calm you will find here. Our quiet garden and serene chapel are open to all our guests and provide a welcome contrast to the hustle of a day in the capital. We have recently opened St Katharine's Precinct adjacent to our main site. This includes the only Yurt Cafe in London serving freshly prepared breakfast, Lunch and craft coffee 9am - 5pm daily. ... more less
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