Booked The Clarendon just for the one night to attend a midweek event at the 02 Arena. Four of us (family with son & daughter in 20s) decided to 'muck in together' in a quadruple room to cut costs and we were comfortable enough. In the past 2 years we've stayed at The Ibis in Greenwich which is usually about £70 per room so was costing us £140 for 2 rooms without breakfasts, whereas the quad room in The Clarendon was £125 (booked in advance) including breakfast which we thought was better value. Plus the parking was free aswell.
We arrived mid afternoon and were able to park in the hotel car park and had a very late lunch in the pub about 100 metres down the road, The Princess of Wales, which was pretty good for bar food (think they serve food all day). We drove to the 02 in the evening which took about 10 mins and was relatively easy as we'd already booked parking there in advance - £18 plus booking fee. It would have been easy to catch the bus though across the road from The Clarendon which runs about every 10mins. We did the next day when we went on the Emirates cable car over The Thames.
Our room was comfortable and clean enough with tea and coffee making facilities, chairs and table, flat screen TV, trouser press and a view to the hotel garden which meant it was probably quieter than being on the front of the hotel facing the road. We were in Room 83. Yes, the rooms are a little dated in decor, but the bathroom was modern and spotless. My son's bed was a bit drafty as it was immediately under the window (which wasn't double glazed) and it was a bitterly cold night, but the heating was belting out and we slept well enough in the comfortable beds.
Breakfast the next morning was fine, the usual buffet style cooked English. We had to wait a few minutes for a table which wasn't really a problem but might be for some people. The fruit selection was possibly a bit limited, but maybe it was because we were in the last half hour of breakfast being served. And we were amused by the disco ball still revolving on the ceiling - obviously the breakfast room doubles up as a function room in the evening.
Thought the position of The Clarendon looking over Blackheath was very nice, and Blackheath Village itself literally 2 mins walk away was good for a stroll with plenty of coffee houses and restaurants.
So overall, we were happy with our stay. Ok it's not The Ritz, but it was decent enough and reasonable value in London for four adults and we found the staff helpful with any questions. We'd definitely stay again if attending an event in the 02.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Clarendon Hotel overlooks historic Blackheath. This area of London is very special with Greenwich Park, the River Thames and many fine attractions to visit. Situated in Blackheath Village with its many special shops, cafes and bars to enjoy, the Clarendon offers a village atmosphere close to the O2 Arena (10 mins), Central London and Excel in Docklands. All rooms are en-suite with facilities such as the Meridian Restaurant, Nautical Chart Bar. Parking - the hotel has a front and rear car park, however these do get filled. For alternative parking, there is street parking or the Blackheath Village train station car park, which has CCTV. With Blackheath in front of the hotel, we are of course dog friendly. ... more less
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