We stayed at the CP London City as booked by Rail Tourer (an excellent travel firm) and upon arrival did not know what to expect. The main entrance is sort of round the back, and our transfer coach from Kings X had to squeeze down a narrow street. There is access onto the main drag and to the Tube opposite (more of that later).
First impressions were very good. An efficient check in and friendly staff. Facing the check in desk is the Lobby Bar, which seems to specialise in expensive bottles and coffees, whilst on the way to our room, facing us is the other bar, down some steps. This has table service, draught Czech beer and other options. Again fastidiously clean if limited in ambience. Above the bar is the Chines Cricket Club, which is the peculiar name for the restaurant, where a most enjoyable breakfast is available. Many options appertain, and fried eggs are available on demand as an alternative to the (admittedly) very nice scrambled variety. Coffee good and plentiful.
The lifts to our bedroom are controlled access via the keycard which prevents the great unwashed from attaining the lofty heights of the great and good. Good notion, if a little unsettling at first.
The room is high ceilinged and spacious. Excellent facilities, complimentary waters, complimentary robes, complimentary "sleep sprays" to puff on your pillow, and roll-ons to apply to pressure points. Comfy, comfy, comfy. Super bathroom with wonderful all-in-one glass sink. Oh joy, a deep and meaningful bath-tub. Hmm, could live here for a long time.
Regarding the outside - if you really want to emerge from this womb - when we arrived Blackfriars Tube station was closed for renovations. On our morning of departure it was being opened by that nice Boris Johnson. A splendidly re-done Tude/CrossRail edifice. Saves a lot of walking anyway!
All the above are plus points and would warrant a 5 star from me. Negative points would be the "lost" fried eggs at one breakfast, which were finally brought to the table after languishing sadly in the kitchen for a while; the inclusive service charge on drinks (always suspicious); the very high prices, even by London standards. We got it cheap through Rail Tourer, but just try booking in for two nights over the Diamond Jubilee!
Re the area - fine, unless you want a pint on a Sunday night when it resembles a Saharan wasteland.
Overall, I would be back like a shot, if I could afford it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crowne Plaza London - The City Hotel provides perfect accommodation in central London near local attractions such as The London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. This luxury hotel also offers meeting rooms, gym, spa facilities and a Michelin star restaurant. The Crowne Plaza London - The City Hotel is a modern central London hotel, located in the heart of the city. This deluxe London hotel is just a stone's throw away from Blackfriars mainline train station, with a direct connection to the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras International. For tubes, the Crowne Plaza hotel is equally well located: just a short walk to Temple & Mansion House on the District & Circle Line, or St Paul's on the Central Line. Whether you're in London for business or sightseeing, this London City Centre hotel is ideally located, minutes away from some of London's most famous attractions: The London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern & West End theatres. Crowne Plaza Club rooms, King Studios and Suites are available at your request. And all rooms are air-conditioned and have High Speed Internet Access. There's also a Fitness Club with sauna in the hotel should you wish to work out and wind down. While you're here, don't forget to eat at our Rosette awarded restaurants; Diciannove offers authentic Italian food including a variety of freshly made pasta, whilst and at Chinese Cricket Club you can enjoy fresh dim sum and Sichuan specialities. The easiest and most exciting way to do some sightseeing in London city centre is to take a trip on the London Eye. On a clear day, you can see as far as the Queen's other residence, Windsor Castle! The Crowne Plaza London City Hotel is only minutes away from the London Eye. ... more less
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