I booked this hotel direct for a Saturday night stay on the 12th January and hadn't read any reviews before booking. I took their "Winter Special" offer which gives a discount of around 40% off the usual rate.
Subsequently having seen the publicity regarding the Xmas meal incident, I had a look at Tripadvisor.
Yes it is a large pub with a function room and Sky TV and it was fairly lively...the bar is open until midnight and the disco in the function room (I think it was a Saturday birthday bash) was thumping away until midnight.
Not ideal for some I agree but having been pre-warned by other reviewers, I didn't expect to be tucked up in bed by 9 pm.
I found the staff to be very pleasant and helpful. My room (a double) was spacious and warm and the bed was very comfortable so that when I turned the light out at midnight, I went straight to sleep. The room and bathroom were very clean and all the usual bits and pieces were included.
The only thing that wasn't working was the hot tap in the basin but the bath and shower were absolutely fine. I mentioned the hot tap to the Manager in the morning and he thanked me for pointing this out and said he would get it rectified.
The breakfast was "Continental" as advertised. There were a variety of cereals, yoghurts, bread for toast and the usual spreads. In addition there were chocolate and plain croissants plus plenty of different fruits. Also there was a pot of hot coffee and I saw others with tea.
The pub has a large car park so no worries in that direction.
This is not a part of the world I had visited previously and I probably won't be back there anytime soon. Would I stay here again as a solo traveller? Yes without a doubt.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Essex lodge is ideal if you're looking for a hotel near to London. Set in pleasant Hornchurch, just off the M25, it's less than an hour to Oxford Street via Hornchurch Underground and only a short drive from West Ham FC. With Dagenham Conference Centre on the doorstep, the lodge's 12 comfy, welcoming rooms are a convenient base for business as well as pleasure. After a hard day's work or indeed sightseeing, you can sit back in our cosy pub and enjoy a well-earned tipple with some hearty, freshly prepared food. It goes without saying that you'll find a world of shopping, museums and entertainment in London. But you'll find plenty to do in Essex too. Shopaholics are only half an hour's drive from Bluewater and Lakeside, music fans can see what's on at the O2 arena, while wildlife lovers can meander through Epping Forest, the largest public open space in Greater London.Nearby you can take in a play at the Queen's Theatre or have a flutter at Romford Greyhound Centre - one of the few remaining dog tracks in London. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Innkeeper's Lodge Hornchurch Essex