We stayed here for 7 nights in February and enjoyed our stay. We are Americans and are used to some amenities that this hotel did not offer, but we managed. We would have preferred a bit more room to walk around, but it was only 2 of us and we were in the room just to sleep. No ice machines, but the bar would provide me with a glass of ice at night to have a cold drink. The bathroom is very small but adequate and beds and pillows were fine. It's about a 10 minute walk from the Underground and several buses stop directly around the corner from the hotel. Our room was in the front of the hotel which was very noisy but we were so tired that we didn't have a problem sleeping. If you have trouble with noise I'd request a room in the back.
The area isn't too appealing, but we felt safe. On the way from the Fincheley Rd. Jubilee or Metropolitan Lines Underground to hotel there is an indoor mall (the O2) which proved to be very handy for us. A Sainsbury's grocery store was great to purchase bottled water and snacks. In the mall were 5 restaurants and we ate at all but 2 of them, some twice. We found that after a long and tiring day of sightseeing it was easier to eat in one of these restaurants rather than traipse around London reading menus and trying to find a good place to eat without being ripped off. The other 2 restaurants were a hamburger place and sushi.
We loved Nandos, which is a stylish chicken restaurant where you are seated and given a menu, but then order and pay at the counter. This is a different concept than Americans are used to and we found it at many other places we ate. There was no line to add tipping to your bill and we looked around and no tables left a tip on the table. Nandos had delicious flame grilled chicken in all sizes, half, quarter, whole, boneless, sanwiches, and with various side orders. You helped yourself to drinks and condiments. We took it back to the hotel one night but this proved to be messy because the food came in small paper bags and we didn't have plates!
Zizzi's restaurant was upstairs from Nandos and we loved their pizza and pasta and went back for a 2nd visit. Also went to Wetherstones Pub which had the best fish and chips with peas and a beverage for 4.09! How an you beat that! And, it was delicious.
I don't know where we would have had dinner if not for this mall being so close to the hotel and convenient. We did not want to eat at a restaurant that took forever and with over the top prices.
Some of the hotel staff were very friendly, especially the cleaning woman in the morning. But the woman who worked at night was not very friendly and seem annoyed when asked a question. She didn't get out of her chair to greet us when we walked up to the front desk. Whoever saw a chair behind a front desk anyway?
The complilmentary wifi worked great and the breakfast was good. A nice little breakfast room with a waitress serving hot beverages and there were eggs, bacon, sausage, juice croissants and yogurt. Adequate for a quick bite!
We went to Paris for a few days and left our luggage at the hotel. Upon our return on Wed. FEb. 20th at 10 pm we re-checked in with the unpleasant front desk employee. I asked if someone could bring our bags to the room and she said we'd have to wait until the morning! Or, we could get them ourselves. Was she crazy, of course we would get them ourselves! She proceeded to walk out from the desk, disappear and come back. I asked her where the bags were and she pointed behind herself and said "in there". I peeked around the corner and saw an office with the door open with our luggage. I had difficulty getting it out from the small doorway and onto the elevator but she never got up from her chair. When we arrived at our room the card key didn't work and I realized it was because she never put it in the machine to program it. She was too busy reading and couldn't be bothererd to help us. She had a very bad attitude.
On Sat. 2/24 we were checked out by a very pleasant and helpful young man. The hotel needs more employees like him!
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