Britannia International Hotel, London
- Age Group: 51 - 60
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Business Traveller
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Good lively hotel!from superstupot
Looks great, actually very averagefrom noonie
I am sure that when it first opened it was great but the general over-the-top decor and chintzy look belies the fact that this hotel really isn't that good.
Expect to wait ages to check-out and for the lifts (which seem to break-down a lot). Also expect to have a fairly shambolic breakfast served by hard-worked imported staff that speak little English.
I understand that this hotel teeters on the edge of exclusion by most major travel companies booking for business e.g. Hogg Robinson / BTI and it's easy to see why...
The Hilton, Docklands is on the other side of the river but is actually a much better hotel - and is only an extra 10 minutes away. Alternatively, bigger budgets should stretch to the Four Seasons which is excellent.
Good for a night, not a long holiday...from A TripAdvisor Member
Good hotel just a few things....from EmilyB80
On the upside there is a lovely bar/lounge area we used after going in to the West end each night, and hotel is nicely located just 5 minute walk from the tube station. Would consider staying again but would double check the situation with deposits first!
Great choice!!!from 7dust
If you get a room with a view on Canary Wharf side you'll be amazed. The view is fantastic. Rooms are pretty big, clean and bright.
The only disadvatage of the hotel is that if you're there for the first time, it's pretty hard to find if you're out of the tube. But once you'll get there, it all get easy.
This hotel is pretty expensive so try to book in advance through the Internet (you can get 60% discount rate).
We've been there for a week (9-16 August 2004), and we would surely return there. Overall - great place.
glad i didnt pay full pricefrom A TripAdvisor Member
location is secluded and peaceful, rooms on a par with most other 4* hotels ive stayed in around the world. Would go again if the price was as good (£70) but only as a first night after the long flight as there is very little to do in the local surrounding area.
Get a suite!from A TripAdvisor Member
The room itself was adequate in size but I had a few issues with the maintenance of the room. The lavatory flushing handle was hanging precariously from the wall and had obviously been so for some time. The back of the remote control was missing and I had to keep the batteries pressed in to make it work. I know these things are as a result of misuse by previous guests but these are obvious defects which should have been sorted out.
Our travelling companions had a junior suite which was much better value. The view across London from the balcony was very impressive.
I was disappointed with the rather petty £2.50 additional charge for the pool and leisure facilities. I would have liked to have commented on them as well but what they failed to mention at the time of booking was the restricted opening hours at the weekend
Don’t get me wrong, the hotel isn’t all that bad and I have certainly stayed in worse hotels in London (some much worse!). Shop around for weekend discounts – if you pay the full price you will feel very short changed. Get the suite if you can, it’s well worth the extra.
Excellent hotel in a peaceful area by the water.from A TripAdvisor Member
The location was perfect for us. It was very quiet and peaceful there - no loud traffic noise. We were a short walk from the South Quay Station of the Docklands Light Railway, and the Canary Wharf underground station was a short walk along the pedestrian walkway, over the water, behind the hotel. This took us into the Jubilee shopping area and the Jubilee Underground line which was excellent, modern, clean, and easy to access.
If you are looking for a hotel that is right in the middle of the tourist attractions, then this isn't it, but if you want excellent quality in a peaceful area, with easy access to the underground, then I highly recommend the Britannia International Docklands
4 star, not here!from chocolateblonde
The room was shabby, the bathroom poor and towels dingy coloured (grey) as oppsoed to their true colour white. The bin contained the wrapper from one of the two packs of allotted biscuits. I had no fridge and no newspapers. The hallway needed cleaning and hotel staff must learn that DO NOT DISTURB means exactly that!
The view and location are excellent and are worth 5 stars.
Definitely not a four star hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
I have absolutely no complaints about the local Docklands area. There was a great variety of cafes, shops and entertainment in the local areas. The dockland views are very relaxing and the prestigious city building blocks remind you of New York or Boston skyscrapers.
The location is conveniently located near the Canary Wharf train station which links to Tower Bridge’s underground station. In a very short space of time you can travel directly to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. We managed to fit in a whirlwind tour of London in two hours! It is a very good idea to buy an all-day travel pass on the local trains, underground and buses, which can be bought at the train station for about £4.70. The hotel was offering tours for £16, so we made a big saving.
The hotel on the other hand was a bit of a let down. The standard of service and rooms were the poorest level I have ever experienced in a “four star hotel”. The hotel was a three star hotel at best, and only because it contained a number of restaurants and a swimming pool.
Reception staff were rude and unfriendly, plus some did not have very good English skills. We ordered breakfast in bed, which the price was not stated on the room service menu and it ended up costing £21! The person who brought up our meal was again very unfriendly, spoke little English and stood in the middle of our room when we were not yet dressed properly. Furthermore, the cleaner tried to enter our room before 9am (some of us like a slight lie-in!). Breakfast was not very exciting consisting of a croissant, two small rolls, some toast and standard cornflakes, and not fresh orange. We went to the buffet restaurant to eat which was good value for money, but not a great standard of food.
The room was fine, but was starting to become a little shabby. The mirror in the bathroom was starting to discolour, our lamp was on the verge of going in the bin, the bed sheets were old-fashioned and I’m not very keen on shower curtains in hotels.
However, there were some good points of the hotel. The best part of the hotel has to be the views. I decided to hold my business meeting at the lounge overlooking the docks, which was a very civilised and relaxed setting. Furthermore, I couldn’t have any complaints about my room view, which looked over the water and even partially showed the Millennium Dome.
I would not recommend staying in this hotel for a holiday break.It was ok for one night, but I’ll be looking for somewhere else in the Docklands area next time I visit.
Top Local Tips for London
Tube Lines As far as tube lines go in London, the Jubilee line seemed to always be a good service while l stayed there. It was a clean tube station as well & safe with all the security around. The other good transport is the DLR which can get you into Bank tube which is very central to everything. There are also a few buses from Canary Wharf but they tend to take a lot longer to get into the tourist parts of London & can be harder to figure out. l would stick with the tube lines.
Free Concerts Check out the free concerts on the South Bank.
INternet If the hotel will have internet connection in all rooms it will be the best business traveler hotel in London!
Other names for Britannia International Hotel
- hotel britannia international
- britannia international london
- Address: Marsh Wall - London - England - E14 9SJ - United Kingdom
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