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It was a very busy day and walked miles / kms. Started with a breakfast just around the corner and then walked across Tower Bridge (taking photos) just past the Tower of London and then walked on the footpath following the Thames all the way down to the London Eye in time for our 11am booking.
We past by lots of really interesting places …
We were up early - partly because the the daylight never goes away and it is hard to sleep in - but also partly because this was our last day. Walked around town before breakfast taking some photos in the early morning light. Found a patisserie open and bought a couple of pastries. Then home to breakfast.
There was a young czech guy having …
... Indiana Jones and Star Wars theme songs, and a jazzy piece I recognised. It was a very cool thing to be present for anyway, and afterwards we wandered down The Mall towards Trafalgar Square. Along the way, by the Duke of York's statue, we decided it might be a good idea to hire some bikes for a while, as we needed to get to the theatre to pick up our tickets for the show that evening. They were quite cheap to hire, so we got on our way and after a few navigational issues made our way ...
... police dog while three heavily armed officers stood by. And we weren't even going through security! That was just the walk from the car rental return to the train. Three train transfers and a bus ride got us to our destination without any problems. I have to say that the public transportation system here is very easy and effective. We arrived at our hotel in London around 9:00 p.m., checked-in, went up to our room, and to our surprise the bathroom ...
... too cold. The hazelnut crunch was awesome too. Saw a myriad of stalls selling international food.. From Malaysian to Italian. The stall owners are very generous with their samples.. They give away to attract customers to buy. We went to borough market next but was kinda disappointed as many of the stalls were not open. Ate our second fish and chips for the day. I ate this fish and chips the last time I was in London too. We also visited some of the tourist attractions in ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsIbis London City
Very centrally located and provides tea-making facilities. Modular bathroom and economic with supplies, only one towel (no hand towel) and no tissues. Single beds are quite small.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ibis London City
We have stayed in this hotel twice. Both stay were excellent. Nice and clean rooms, very good ambiance in "le bar" and most of all great staff. Try if you are looking for great quality for small price....
Very good price for an excellent service and comfort.You cannot expect more from this range of hotel.Ideal location, brand new hotel and especially great food at the French restaurant. You should try it.
Truly hated it!!!
Let me begin with the positives:
Now for the much larger list:
When I checked in I inquired about internet access. The gal said, no problem if you have wireless on your laptop. As with most biz travelers, I do, so I proceeded to my room on the 4th floor. No signal - not even a weak one. Called down to reception. The person answering the phone explained that wireless is only on the seventh floor. After extensively quizzing me about whether I had "messed" with the room, I was invited to the desk to get a new key for a room on the seventh floor.
This time - a single bar appeared on my laptop. Could not launch the browser. Tried going to the small area next to the elevators. No change. The only place I could connect was at the lobby bar. If this had been explained, and I hadn't being playing musical rooms, I might not be as irritated, but they didn't and I was (am).
I asked the front desk to arrange a cab for me. Adding that they needed to know a bit about the area as I didn't have the address. The fella who showed up was clueless. The place I was going had been at the same location since 1543 So it wasn't that it was a new address. After driving around aimlessly for fifteen minutes he dropped me off in the rain, claiming we were at the correct location. It was five blocks away. Granted, the cabbie doesn't work for the hotel. But when you make arrangements for a guest you assume a certain amount of responsibility.
The hotel is not in a particularily great area to get to things. While it is inexpensive, I would submit that you can save a great deal of time and effort by being more centrally located. In addition, there is an abundance of trash on the neighboring lots, and the neighborhood is pretty rough.
The most ironic thing? I was acosted by a person doing a marketing survey in the lobby. Quite aggressively. I declined having been been on the road for several hours. The woman said, "What could five more minutes hurt?" Don't know about others but initially I could think of nothing to say that didn't involve cursing or do that didn't involve violence. Settled for a civil but stern "no thanks" as I walked away. Here's a marketing idea - don't have people pester guests who attempt to decline a survey. Revolutionary!
If you just want a roof over your head, and aren't particular about where you are in London then I suppose it would be fine.
However, if you have any preconception of service or assistance, or enjoy working (computer) within the comfort of your room, or would like to walk out the front door to do some sightseeing - forget it. Stay away. You've been warned.
Great Basic Hotel
This hotels does exactly what is says on the tin, simple, clean and comfortable.
The reception staff where great even asking if i would be using Wifi (i did want to) to ensure i get a room with good reception.
The attached restaurant is quite reasonable for the price, not the best place to eat in the area (try spitalfields just up the road) but if you dont want to go out its defefintly acceptable.
Ibis London Hotel is absolutely over average of medium-low priced hotels in London. Spacious room, enormous shower, very friendly staff, good buffet breakfast, close to underground... Good value!
Great base for london
My partner and i stayed at the London City Ibis for two nights, from the 30th Dec 2005 to the 1st Jan 2006.
Whilst researching hotels for our stay over the new years eve weekend i was expecting hotel rates to be sky high. However i was pleasantly surprised at the reasonable rates at the London City Ibis.
On arrival at the hotel i found the staff and the foyer to be extemely welcoming. It was very obvious that the hotel was fairly new, about 6 months old or there abouts, as the decor was fresh and bright.
Our room was quite spacious for a hotel room in London and although it was basic it was ever so clean!
The bathroom was emaculate and i was amazed at how big the shower was!!
Aldgate East Tube station is right next door to the hotel, handy for when your carrying alot of shopping bags!
All in all i would definately stay at this hotel again!
A Pleasant Surprise
We were moved to this hotel after our original choice was overbooked. The immedidate area by the hotel is not exactly picturesque so we were not thrilled on arrival. However, it is right next door to the tube & relatively close to Tower Hill.
On entering the hotel I was pleasantly surprised. The staff on reception were welcoming & the lobby & bar area is spotless.
Rooms are fairly basic but very clean & fine for a night or two. There are coffee making facilities, but no hairdryer, fridge or safe in the rooms.
Bathroom was excellent with a fab shower.
At weekends breakfast is served until noon for the late risers.
The bar is pleasant & not at all expensive by central London standards.
All in all a fine hotel.
Clean, modern hotel
You are here in very standard Ibis hotel like you can find in France. If you don't expect a very warm and personal atmosphere but if you like clean, ergonomic, spacious room, you should be pleased. In November 2005, the hotel was brand new. It is a really good opportunity in the expensive city. By Tube, it will take you 20 minutes to reach Oxford Circus and 15 minutes by foot to go to Tower Bridge. There is a restaurant at the ground floor where you can have a continental breakfast. To enjoy great English breakfast, just walk towards tube station where you will find many coffee shops. My wife and I have appreciated the one called Arena.
Very nice stay
We spent a weekend in London and stayed in Ibis London City. The hotel is new (opened in june 2005), the room was very clean and the service was good. The price is reasonable. Nothing to complain about. As the hotel is really only 100 m from Aldgate East tube station it's perfectly situated. We would stay there again without any doubt.
Stayed at Ibis London City at the beginning of July. Nice hotel. Good value. Next door to Aldgate East tube station and five minutes walk from Aldgate tube station. Ten mins from the tower of London and very close to the famous Brick lane.