City Hotel, London
Reviews - City Hotel
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
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ok hotel - good locationfrom loveorlando
It is a very good location and very nice staff there.
But it is well below average in any other ways.
There were no bugs and that I thank for.
Floors very dirty.
Bed linen clean and toilet but mattresses not and the linen skipped off.
Do not go there unless you are on business and simply come in there to sleep.
I would not take my family there.
Breakfast very simple, but you can order omeletts etc.
But it is cheap so you don´t have high demands.
Unusual but good-value hotelfrom Pete_Fenelon
I can't fault this hotel for value, at least at the discounted prices offered - I booked a room for £45 a night and ended up getting a suite with bedroom and lounge areas, kitchen and bathroom!
The room was clean and the furniture comfortable, although in a 3* hotel I'd expect more than the five analogue terrestrial telly channels.
The decor was mostly OK - interesting murals on the wall of the lounge area! - but some of the fixtures and fittings were in need of a lick of paint. My room was at the back of the hotel with a rather grotty view over back yards.
There was some noise from the bar on Saturday night, but this was not excessive.
The staff were friendly and efficient, and a breakfast buffet was included in the room rate - I didn't try this but there were good smells coming from the breakfast room!
(Neither did I try the restaurant, but the menu looked OK).
Certainly a good option for the budget-conscious traveller and a decent place to crash out after a long day wandering around London.
It does slightly have the feel of a more basic hotel that's been upgraded to meet the requirements for three stars rather than one that's always been that way, but at the price I paid it's hard to quibble, especially given the amount of space I had!
Fantastic hotel in the East End.from malibu_212
We've stayed in a number of London hotels, both luxury and budget, and the City Hotel is both value for money and very comfortable. Most hotel rooms in London tend to be on the small (tiny!) side (unless you're willing to pay a small fortune), but the City Hotel provides spacious rooms. Ours was complete with bath/shower, fridge, tv, a double and a single bed. The room was always cleaned to a high standard and there was no pressure to be out of the room by a certain time in the morning to enable the room to be cleaned. Staff were very polite and helpful. Breakfast was as you would expect for a continental breakfast - cereal, toast, fruit juices, a fine start for a day of sightseeing. The hotel is also only one stop away from Tower Hill where you can visit the Tower of London and London Bridge.
The area isn't the greatest but it is the east end. If you want surroundings with rows of white-washed buildings and tree-lined streets, stay in the west end (such as near Paddington station), although you won't find the same standard of hotel for such a great price as the City Hotel.
The hotel is a 30 second walk from the tube station and there are plenty of places to eat in this area - from the great Indian restaurant on the left of the hotel called the Clifton (apparently a favourite of local footballers and models), to KFC and Burger King for junk-food junkies. There's also a small local shop that you can stock up on drinks and snacks etc.
Overall, we had a great 5 night stay in this hotel, and can't say we have much to complain about! I noticed some people mentioned the noise in the surrounding streets at night-time but you are staying in a big city! Noise (and it wasn't even that bad compared to other cities i've stayed in) is pretty much to be expected, whatever city you stay in - London, Paris or New York. If you want a quiet, relaxing break go stay in the country!
Will definitely be looking to stay here in the future, excellent hotel. :)
Average stayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The traffic noise from the nearby street may be a bit too loud, but it settles later in the night a bit and some can even sleep when the room's phone is ringing.
Water dripping made some noise in the bathroom; hopefully there's no leakage in the pipes inside the wall.
The breakfast included (tea, coffee, cereal, yoghurt, toast, juice) was good and service ok.
What you pay for is what you getfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Cleanliness of room was absolutely fine, no problems with bed bugs at all, and breakfast is good and served in the much more stylish bar downstairs!
All in all, a fairly average soulless hotel. You might as well stay in a Travel Lodge.
Stay awayfrom wdcraven
Very pleasantly surprisedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
I paid £55 for a 'family room' sleeping 4, though there were 2 of us staying. My hopes were not particularly high.
However I was impressed by the interior of the hotel. The reception and bar 'The Lane' which belongs to the hotel were very modern and clean. We were checked in quickly and I was also surprised to find a porter in the lift who took us to our floor. Something you very rarely get in a 3* hotel, especially in E1!
I reached my room and myself and my partner were quite shocked. Hotel rooms in London are notorious for being poky. However this was the size of an apartment. There was a kitchen, lounge, large bedroom with a single and double bed, and a bathroom with a shower over the bathtub.
The equipment in the room included a desk, table and chairs, sofa, armchair, dressing table, microwave, television, display cabinet (admittedly rather random), trouserpress etc.
It was all slightly mismatched and ok, a little shabby, but still very pleasing to see. The room was quite hot as I believe someone else mentioned, but there were two big fans which cooled us down.
The wall in the lounge had a handpainted mural of a beach (again, random!) and it was as though they had to tried to recreate a Tuscany villa in East London!
We had a comfortable stay, and were able to cook microwave meals and enjoy an evening in with plenty of space. The next morning we had a complimentary breakfast. You can pay about a fiver for a full English but we just stuck to the free menu. This included toast, juice, cereal, croissants - the usual.
We also checked out easily. Overall I was very pleased with my stay. I had been expecting a small dark untidy room but instead was met with a very big and clean one. If you need to stay in East London I would recommend it. I will be booking again.
Seemingly Averagefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Would not go back...ever.from A TripAdvisor Member
Oh, and the neighborhood is very seedy.
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Other names for City Hotel
- city hotel london
- Address: 12-20 Osborn Street - London - England - E16TE - United Kingdom
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