Located about 15 mins walk from the town centre, the Croydon Park offers reasonable value for money, but there are some things that really need working on.
Firstly the positives. The rooms are large, the beds comfortable and huge (two singles pushed together) and the wifi free. My room was old fashioned, but that isn't necessarily a negative. And £5 for overnight parking is good value. Everything you would expect from a hotel is there and everything works. So why only 3 stars?
As noted by a previous guest, the rooms don't feel fresh. On the surface, everything is clean, but it has that background smell as if 20+ years of hard use are being covered up by a daily polish. Worse still are the corridors (at least on the first floor). Again as noted by the same reviewer, it smells as if there's been a smoking party in the corridor and that lingering "dirty smell" is clearly evident.
I was however still going to be generous and give the hotel 4 stars until I went for breakfast. At £10, this is cheap for a full English in a hotel, but based on the food, this is still too much. The fried potato's were possibly the worst tasting things I have ever eaten and everything else (eggs, mushrooms, beans) tasted cheap (and tasteless). It makes me wonder why people in the kitchen, who presumably have some sort of catering qualification, produce food of the quality.
So would I stay here again. The answer is probably yes. But I'd try and get a refurbished room and not bother with breakfast. I'm sure I'd then give at least 4 stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The warmest Welcome in Croydon...Look no further than Croydon Park Hotel London for all you would expect from a great 4* experience.We've just been through a fantastic refurbishment of our lobby and one floor of bedrooms to ensure your stay is an enjoyable and memorable one.When choosing your next break in London, be it leisure or business what more could you ask for than a great location in the metropolitan center of Croydon, a newly refurbished hotel, FREE WIFI, great values as well as a team of friendly and experienced staff to make your stay one to remember.Getting here could not be easier, we are 15 minutes off the M25, from Gatwick Airport we are just 15 minutes and East Croydon Station is just a stone's throw from our doorstep, as is Croydon's tram-link. By train you will be in London's West End in just 15 minutes.Car parking available £5 per day for residents. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Croydon Park Hotel Surrey