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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Express London Royal Docks - Docklands
Clean, basic - great value for money
We stayed at the Holiday Inn for three nights in June.
The hotel is about 15/20 mins by the tube into the centre of London but for the money you save staying in this hotel, the extra travel is worth it. We got a room for 65 GBP per night and this included breakfast. We booked direct on the Holiday Inn website. The hotel is less than 5 mins walk from the tube (Canning Street - Jubilee line).
Rooms were a good size and very clean. The air conditioning was a blessing as the weather was very hot. We had a great view of the Dome and Canary Wharf from our room.
Breakfast was not as great as I have had in other Holiday Inns. Not much choice and things ran out very quickly - no bread, no milk, no butter. I did ask one of the staff to re-fill the milk - it took him 15 mins to do - not a hard task, I thought. Despite that, we never went hungry at breakfast. Also, none of the vending machine worked during most of our stay including the ice machine. However, on our final night this was fixed.
There is a lot of construction going on in the area - the hotel is being extended and there are new apartments behind built next to the hotel. However, this did not bother us. The only time we heard any noise was when we were outside the hotel.
If you are looking for a clean, cheap place to stay with easy access to London, I recommend this hotel - it may be basic but who wants to spend too much time in a hotel room when in London?
Fantastic Value for $$$
Hi all... stayed here recently and was glad I chose this hotel rather than an exorbitant Central London location. As previously mentioned, this hotel is in Zone 3 (Canning Town Stn on the Jubilee Line), which is rather far from the sights located in Zone 1& 2, but nonetheless it's proximity to the tube station (5 mins walk) made it very convenient. It is also relatively easy getting from LHR to the hotel via Piccadilly Line. It only required 1 change @ Green Park to the Jubilee Line. =)
Nothing much to see/do in the area but that isn't a problem for me since all I wanted was a decent place to sleep in after a full day out. I made a 3-day advanced booking so the rate was awfully reasonable with taxes and breakfast thrown in free. The room was clean and well kept.( so far anyways) Hope they keep the standards up. Shower was decent with 24-hour hot water and adequate water pressure. No bathroom amenities though except for soap, but there was a notice stating that basics will be provided if requested. There was a hair dryer in the room as well, which saves the hassle of actually having to ask for one if needed. Standard coffee/tea making facilities were provided as well and the kettle actually looked rather clean. =) Breakfast provided was fairly good given the rate paid... crosissants were fresh and they had a cappucino machine. =)
I would have given 5 stars if only the chair and sofa bed in my room wasun stained!!
Reviews are accurate
We booked this hotel for four nights strictly based on reviews on this site. I re-read them just now and they were almost entirely accurate. We were finishing up a long driving holiday in the UK and it was great to park the car here for free and use the tube, and then have the car to drive back to Heathrow (on a Sunday, avoiding horrendous traffic and the congestion charge). It was easy to get there on the M25 and M11 from the north, but anyone planning to get back to Heathrow by car should plan to do it on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Driving back to the M25 and around would take forever.
Staff were extremely pleasant and helpful here. I will say that the breakfast did not compare favourably with other Holiday Inn properties in the UK, but it was better on the weekend when there was more variety. However, it is included in the very reasonable price and is a big saving in London.
One quibble with previous reviews - the Jubilee line is the better choice but the Light Rail is worth doing once for the experience. It did not occur to me before our arrival, but it was an enormous advantage to have both systems. One day, the Waterloo station was closed, but we were able to take the DLR and transfer to avoid the whole delay.
As others have noted, this hotel may seem to be far out, but given the proximity of the tube station this is a very convenient location. This is a clean, well-run and modern hotel that is an ideal option for visiting London without paying the horrendous prices for often sub-standard accommodation in central London. Canary Wharf is now thriving and is only two tube stops away.
Thanks to TripAdvisor members for alerting me to the advantages of this hotel. For the price, I can't imagine there is a better deal.
Nice hotel but quite a distance from londontown
the room was spacious and they were all accomodating. my flight came into london early and they checked me in early. they didnt have my twin room ready because i was several hours early so they gave me a single room and had the maids bring up another bed.
they did their best to make my stay as comfortable as possible and i will stay there again.
if you plan on visiting tourist areas in london and plan on using public transportation, this hotel is quite a distance from the major hot spots. youll have to take the docklands light rail into the london tower to switch to the tubes from then on. so if quick access to nightclubs, sightseeing and shopping is what you want, i wouldnt recommend this hotel.
also...the drinks at the lobby bar were very overpriced and not prepared well. BUT it was very nice to look at.
Construction, construction, construction . . .
Just got back from a 4 night stay. The room is fairly clean and spacious for London. A few minute walk from Canning Town DLR station. It's nice because you can also hop on the Jubilee line from the same station. The area around the hotel is industrial, and there are low income housing projects nearby. But I never felt unsafe. There are no coffee shops or a convenience store nearby so plan ahead. The good thing was the bar was open until 2 a.m.
Beware of construction noise. It goes on from 9 a.m. up to 6 p.m. So if you want any kind of quiet during those hours, stay away from this hotel. I have no idea when construction is supposed to end, but it looked like it would take at least a few more months.
Also, if you book through Yahoo Travel or Travelocity, you have to make sure that the hotel staff knows how to deal with this. I was told I had to pay the hotel again because they had not received payment from Yahoo. I explained to them that my contract was with Yahoo, not the hotel. Whether the hotel got paid by Yahoo Travel was not my issue since I had already paid Yahoo Travel.
The hotel staff was courteous, but that did not compenstate for their lack of training. In this age of Internet commerce, I should not have to spend 30 minutes trying to bridge any operational miscommunication between a vendor (the hotel) and Yahoo Travel. It turns out that the hotel had to use Yahoo Travel's credit card number to bill and get reimbursed for my stay instead of my credit card.
bit difficult to find as we got lost going through london but what a great find when we got there.
at first felt a bit unsure about the surronding area looked a bit shabby and a lot of construction work going on. however when we walked into the hotel we soon realised we had made a good choice.
the rooms were excellent very clean and modern the hotels location was fab as the train station and underground were just up the road and we were in london within 25 mins.
canary wharf was 10 mins away on the tube and we had a fantastic meal there on saturday night.
the combined location,price of this hotel and complimentary parking makes this a gem of a find.
will definately be going back a fantastic base for sightseeing.
Stayed for three nights at the beginning of November and used the hotel as a base for visiting London. Excellent location about 200 yards from Canning Town station (Jubilee Line and DLR) across a reasonably quiet road. Hotel was clean, safe and comfortable and the included continental breakfast was excellent.
Free, secure car parking although next to a building site.
Would stay here again!
Might seem a bit far out but this is a very good excellent value hotel just 100 yards from Canning Town bus, tube and DLR station. Great views of Canary Wharf (and the now defunct Millennium Dome). Can be a little noisy in the early mornings as traffic goes down to the Docks but shutting the window helps there! Twenty minutes on tube to Waterloo straight through so easy to get into central London on the Jubilee line. Spotlessly clean, new facilities and you can park for free. Nice 'continental' breakfast - self service. Recommended.
We looked at a lot of hotels on-line and talked to at least three different travel agents before picking this hotel.
The hotel and the room we stayed in was clean, safe, inexpensive, quiet, and comfortable. The bed is comfortable. Just about everything in the hotel and room looked new, and extremely clean- from the bed linens, to the tile in the bathroom, to the lobby.
The first impressions were great. The parking lot is clean, relatively well-lit and guarded at night. The lobby is very bright and clean. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful- we had failed to ask for a crib for our one-year-old when we booked the hotel. We asked if they had one when we checked in- and the guy from the desk had the crib at our door within two minutes of us getting to our room.
A big advantage to the hotel is that it is within 200 meters/ yards from a London subway/ train/ bus station. The Canning Town station has two different subway lines, a train, and a lot of buses that run from it. No matter how close you are to something in a city the size of London, you're probably going to want to take the subway to another part. And this hotel makes getting to those places easy. When we visited Paris, we had focused on finding a hotel central to attractions. We did not think of it being important to be close to the subway. That was a mistake. That left us making long walks to and from the subway each day before and after we walked all over the city.
If you are driving a rental or your own car, another big cost savings to the hotel is a free hotel parking lot (guarded at night). London is somewhat expensive. Parking at or even near a lot of other hotels we looked at was usually 10 - 15 pounds per day or more.
Another cost savings was free breakfast. Many other hotels we looked at charged at least 8 pounds (about 15 dollars) for breakfast. I did not expect much of a breakfast at a Holiday Inn Express. I thought it was surprisingly good- cereal, large, fressh croissants, yogurt, fruit, juices, and a coffee/ expresso/ cappacino/ chocolate maker.
A great find
I recently stayed at the Express by Holiday Inn for 7 nights Dec 26 to Jan 3. It is a great hotel. It is located 5 minutes from an underground station on the Jubilee Line, and about 20 minutes from central London. It is near the Royal Docklands, a 5 minute ride on the undergroud takes you to a huge developement with condos, shopping and restaurants.The hotel was opened 3 years ago, but it looks as if the doors were just opened. It is immaculant. The rooms are well kept, with one or two beds, a nice TV, with numerous channels, a very nice bathroom, with shower. The continental breakfast is very good. The lobby very nice, with a small bar. The staff is friendly. The hotel is in an extremley quite location. I highly recommend it.