I'm a Priority Club member using points and this was the only Holiday Inn property available. I booked a double room for 4 nights. The hotel was a quick 10 minute walk via Cavell Street from the Whitechapel tube stop. The hotel appears brand new. Check in was efficient and friendly, I was upgraded to an Executive room. The room was huge: king bed, large flat screen TV, nice bathroom, hot water pot with tea and coffee. The first night I couldn't figure out the complicated heating system but the front desk manager quicky came up and got it going. Room was very quiet and comfortable. Oddly the room was very large but lacked storage. The room needed a dresser to store clothes. The closet was good sized, but oddly placed by the bathroom door so the closet and bathroom doors were always hitting each other.
Lobby was spacious and comfortable although I didn't use the restaurant or bar. A Tesco is just up the street to purchase all types of food items.
The area is not a tourist area at all but not unsafe. In the evenings there are few places to eat, but the Turkish restaurant, Efes, is very good.
A must is to visit Brick Lane on a weekend. Skip the restaurants and look for the indoor food markets with fabulous food fresh-cooked from all over the world, amazing! Also shops and stalls selling art and clothing.
If you are a first time tourist, I would choose a hotel right in the center of London. But if you are a bit adventurous and don't mind using the bus and tube a lot, this is a very good hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of cosmopolitan East London with easy access to the City, the Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel (formally known as Holiday Inn London Commercial Road) is the ideal location to experience both historic and contemporary London: perfect for business or leisure. Our hotel boasts 133 modern, spacious rooms, designed for comfort and style, with panoramic views of iconic London landmarks such as the Gherkin, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. You can expect to enjoy triple-glazed windows to ensure a peaceful stay in London, as well as complimentary wireless internet access, a free to use gym and many of the other useful amenities available in the hotel. The Academy conference centre, complete with four well-proportioned meeting rooms with natural daylight, has all the modern facilities you’ll need to ensure your meeting is a success. You can also relax and refuel with 24-hour room service and our in-house Traders Restaurant & Bar, offering a modern, international menu with family-friendly options. For business or leisure, whether you’re an individual traveller or planning a family trip, Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel is looking forward to welcoming you for a pleasant stay. *Please note we have changed our name to Holiday Inn London Whitechapel from Holiday Inn London Commercial Road* ... more less
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