Travelodge London City Airport Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Travelodge London City Airport Hotel
Excellent - clean & well located
Travelodge usually do 'exactly what it says on the tin' and this one is no exception. It's very modern, clean and smart with nice size rooms, TV, coffee & tea facilites, bathroom with bath & shower, room service and on-site restaurant.
It's location, whilst unattractive is excellent for the Airport, being a short 5 minute walk from the check-in counters. Well done Travelodge, keep the hotel tidy and the prices low and I'm sure I'll be back...
Wonderful London bargain!
The London City Airport location seems to regularly offer internet bargains, and I was able to get a pair of family rooms for 26 pounds on October 5th and 6th. This is an above-average Travelodge location, and appears to get a lot of business from business travellers, so has more amenities (and is generally quieter) than many other similar Travelodges.
Rooms were clean and large, but noise from LCY was, at times, unbearable if the windows were kept open. Fortunately, LCY closes around 2130, and I was woken up relatively few times by in-street noise.
There are two restaurants, a pub, and a small market in the housing development 1/2 km east of the hotel. I'd definitely recommend picking up some fruit and bread at the market and skipping the morning breakfast buffet, which, at 6.50, was both unpalatable and expensive. This is, however, a minor flaw, and I'd recommend this hotel to virtually any London visitor.
Represents great VFM if you get the room in advance for £26
For £26 (booked 6 weeks in advance via the travelodge website), we got a nights stay at the TL London City Airport. For this money, the room was certainly worth it, though whether I'd stay if i paid the full rack rate of £59, well more later!
We purely wanted a room to base ourselves when visiting friends. The location (end of the DLR line close to the London City tube station) was not a problem for us and London City Tube is not too far away (about 25 mins) from Bank tube station. The hotel is 5 mins from the tube and it should be easy to find if you follow directions from the previous reviews. Also, if you do use the DLR then you will pass the hotel just prior to the tube getting to the London City tube stop , so you should easily be able to work backwards to find the hotel. Parking is £5 per day and the car park is enclosed.
From our perspective, the hotel 'ticked our boxes' for the trip. It was cheap, the room was clean, the shower was fine and despite being close to the DLR and the airport, it was not too noisy - secondary glazing is fitted to the rooms. As other reviews have said, the TL is modern and has only been open for 1 year so its not had too much time to being damaged / soiled! There wasnt too much noise from other rooms. The bed - well it was ok, not firm enough for our personal preferences but then these might not be your preferences! The room is fairly basic and we've posted a few photographs with this review - if you've stayed at a TL before, then you will know what to expect. Reception were ok, though a delay of 20 minutes for our room grated a little, but the ladies were polite and apologetic.
We paid £6.50 each for breakfast the next morning and that was acceptable for the quality - hot and cold breakfast, on the eat as much as you can policy. The room where this was taken was very busy and overrun a little with noisy children who didnt want to stay still! Cant blame the hotel for the odd parent without the necessary skills.
Would I stay again? Potentially yes. If we didnt need to be central again, and £26 was on offer, then probably. However, the full rate of £59 + £13 breakfast for both of us, and then it not being central, then for me it loses the tag somewhat of being a bargain and it is a basic room for the price.
At £26 the room represents great VFM for a clean room - when we were booking then there was a number of days available at this rate, so it will pay to plan ahead.
Hope this review helps - as always, take the things relevant to your needs / requirements from this review to help you form a rounded view on whether this hotel 'ticks all your boxes'.
Thank goodness for this hotel!
I needed to travel from LCY, and had to book both flight and hotel in a hurry.
The hotel is fairly new, so clean and well maintained. It's about a 15 minute walk from the DLR station, or buses 473 and 474 from the airport pass by the hotel, as an option.
The rooms are very basic, but are clean and big enough. Travelodges have few amenities - although coffee and tea making facilities are a good 'un - but it's likely that most guests at this hotel will be staying briefly, so fancy rooms aren't a priority.
Some rooms face the airport, so aeroplane noise might be an issue, but I didn't find it overly intrusive.
Overall a great deal (I paid 56 quid, booking at the last minute) and a positive boon to those flying from LCY.
Been 4 times this year!
This place is fab!
First stayed here in Feb 2006 and the place cant have been more than 2 months old. Very easy to find as its right at the gates to the airport ( although the passenger terminal is about a 8 min walk) So all you need to do is follow the signs for the airport. The hotel is in between 2 DLR stations Pontoon dock (closest to the city) and the airport, both stations are on the new DLR extension that has only recently opened. There is also a bus stop right outside the door. Pontoon dock DLR station is a 7 min walk and links you to the whole tube network (a 1 day pass is £5.40 off peak). This place is also very handy for the excel arena again being only about a 5 min walk, we stayed here when the motor show was on, it was very handy.
The hotel its self is over 5 floors with reception and a good sized bar being on the ground floor as well as some disabled rooms. Access to the rest of the hotel is through a door you can only get through with a key card (good security) there is 2 lifts to all floors. Smoking rooms are facing the airport (good view but can be noisy however flights start at about 7am and end at about 8pm) the none smoking rooms are at the back of the hotel (the side the DLR passes by, again this can be noisy and runs from about 5am till just after midnight)
Rooms are basic but very well appointed, the beds (even the pull out one) are very comfortable. Family rooms (i would always recommend getting these as they are bigger) have a king sized bed a sofa which is a single bed and a single pull out from below the sofa. There is a TV tea and coffee making equipment and a nice bathroom (very good shower) If you have ever stayed in a travelodge before you will know they are all the same. Rooms are basic but this helps keep the costs down, many extra things such as hair dryers and irons are available from reception you only need to ask them!
The bar is open till 1am (very handy) there is a range of food on offer and is not too expensive. Breakfast it well worth getting up early for (later you leave it the longer the food has been sat for) £6.50 feeds a adult and up to 2 kids can eat for free with every paying adult! Cant beat that! Car park is £5 a night. The place must be good as i have stayed there 4 times since Feb. Very handy and paid £26 most times i have stayed paid £55 the weekend of the motor show, was still worth it.
Bargain - Stay with confidence!
This hotel is only 6 months old and is immaculate. I paid £26 for the room which was standard Travelodge quality - clean, good shower and tea/coffee making facilities. The only thing lacking was air conditioning - it was London`s hottest July day since records began. This made sleeping difficult due to the heat but for that amount of money whose complaining! We were visiting the Motor Show at Excel which is over the water from the hotel so the location was great. Left luggage facilities are available at London City Airport for only £2 a bag - believe me, that is an absolute bargain - it`s £6 at the stations in central London. We arrived early, dumped our bags at the airport after arriving by the super efficient Docklands Light Railway (DLR), got the DLR to EXCEL and the motor show, DLR back to airport and then a £2.80 cab to the Travelodge - the cabbie went berserk, he`d been waiting an hour! We only got the cab because the road network looked daunting, as it was it is simply turn right out of the airport and you`ll see the hotel within 30 seconds in front of you, 5 minutes later you`re checking in smoothly. Night time wise, for getting back from central london, the last DLR train is 0030hrs from Bank but we missed that and got a cab - it was £30 so be aware of this when sorting your budget out. If it`s midweek in London and you`re not a clubber or person looking for a niche market!!! then 0030hrs is well late enough as surprisingly central london really does get quiet after 11pm. Breakfast at £6.50 is also of good quality. I cannot recommend this hotel enough and I am a very critical person.
Love this place!
Stayed here for three nights at the beginning of June. My parents were travelling from New Zealand and with the exchange rate we needed somewhere economical to stay.
I managed to get the Saver rate at just £26.00 a night so in all, £104.00 for 3 nights in London has to be the bargain of the century - and cheap even by New Zealand standards!
The hotel is only about 6 months old, rooms are super clean, beds are great and the service was excellent. We had a family room which included a double bed and pull-out sofa-bed. We also ate in the restaurant and the food was great and good value for money. Over looking the runway, the location is about a 10 minute walk to London City Airport DLR station and from there it is about a 30 minute DLR/tube ride into central London.
I cannot recommend this hotel enough - especially if you are on a budget - and remember to book early to get the Saver (£26.00) or even Super Saver (£10.00) rates...PS I don't work Travelodge - just love the concept!
Bargain of the year!
I have just spent three nights at the City of London Airport Travelodge and don't believe there is a better bargain in the city. I got the room through the Travelodge special deals for a miniscule £26 a night - for a family room with double bed, sofa and pullout single bed. It was basic but clean (like all other Travelodges). It's a good 10-15 mins walk to the DLR station but worth it for the price. The DLR takes 22 mins into Bank Station in the city and a day ticket to use on all public transport is £5.40. We even came back close to midnight a couple of times and the DLR was still busy and felt very safe. For two of us staying in the room it was cheaper than a hostel. Highly recommended.
I stayed at the Travelodge London City Airport in April 2006.
I would like to say that the staff were very helpful and at all times very friendly.
The cost of the room did not include any food - neither breakfast nor evening meal - but these can be ordered from Reception Desk, if needed (ask when you check in). While this might at first seem a bad thing - it at least gives you a chance to find one of the many 1000's of places in London to find somewhere where you can find a place to eat.
The bar remains open until 0100, although when I was there as it is in the same room as where you take your evening meals - it can get noisy with small children, as their parents take their evening meals.
The room was very comfortable, if a little basic - you get a bed, and a sofa (which can be converted into a bed (if necessary)). The bathroom was adequate - although the bath was a little on the small size, although there was a fitted shower.
For those who think that because it's so close to London City Airport - know one thing - it's not Heathrow - where planes take off 24hrs a day. So noise from the aircraft is minimal
One thing though - on the Travelodge website, the instructions on how to find the hotel, if you are coming via London Underground / DLR - please use these:
·From London Underground station - 'Bank' (Central, Circle and District lines) take DLR train to 'King George V'.
·Get off at - 'London City Airport'.
·On exiting airport turn right, (you will need to cross the road, as there is no pavement / sidewalk on one side of the road).
·Follow the road until traffic junction and cross heading to the right.
·Then at traffic roundabout turn left.
·Hotel is on your left.
Total walking time about 5 minutes.
The only thing I can say bad about the location is that it's quite a distance from London proper, i.e. the sights - but there is a very frequent DLR train from London City Airport. From 'Bank' underground station you can connect to any area.
But hey, you pay for what you get - and in any case - you don't visit a place like London - just to sit in a hotel room all day.
Nice hotel, location a bit off, but nice stay all round
BOOKING: Stayed 5 nights (18-23 Dec. 2005) via online booking for 10-Pound a night "Supersaver" deal. Giving 4 stars based on this heavily discounted price deal, and would still give 4 stars even if on a normal/rack rate deal.
GENERAL: This hotel newly opened on 2 Dec. 2005. All fixtures were brand new. Very pleasant staff who try to be helpful. Located near the newly opened London City Airport, in eastside (E16) London. My double room could well be called a "family" room. Great beds. Really clean towels. Bar shuts at 1am. Large bathroom with superhot water (do be careful!). Smoking room was odourless. Kettle is noisy but gives really boiling water (careful!). Housekeeping staff unobtrusive and pleasant, though some don't speak English. (Cut them some slack, they have a job to do.) Stay on the lower floors facing hotel's frontside, although the top or rear are not objectionable. Nothing much to complain about, especially having got the 10-pound-a-night deal. Indeed, even on the rack rates.
PROS(?): Location is good if you are crazy enough to want to visit Canary Wharf, the new American-flavoured office complex reminescent of "Dallas", inhabited mostly by rude and insolent bankers and other suits.
CON: Actual location of hotel is much too quiet for guests who come from bustling cities (New York, Hong Kong, etc.). Travel distance to central London can is my only gripe - but this "hardship" is no big deal.
GETTING THERE: Finding the hotel can be a bit confusing. The best route: from Tottenham Court Road (i.e. dead centre of London), take eastbound tube on Central Line (red), change at Bank for the DLR (Docklands Light Rail) to "Pontoon Dock". Turn right out of this station (you're on North Woolwich Road), walk for 5-10 minutes till you get to the North Woolwich Roundabout, take the first (left) exit onto North Woolwich Bridge, walk towards Hartmann Road and it's the giant silvered building that looks like an aircraft hangar. Don't walk the shrubway next to the hotel as it looks scary (but probably safe, anyway). A map shows the hotel is nearer to the London City Airport, but navigating from there will be much too confusing. True convenience does not come at 10 pounds, but this is not entirely inconvenient. After one trip, you will get the hang of things. Hotel is in Zone 3, so best to buy a 3- or 7-Day Travelcard (now Oystercard) for Zones 1-3 to save money. A single Tube/DLR combo journey costs GBP 2.80 from Central London.
TIP: Bus 69 and all-night N69 runs between nearby Canning Town and the airport. Don't get smart or cocky about this unless you really have to use them. Canning Town apparently looks rough-ish even in daytime. (The hotel's location itself is not rough, just people-less.) It's OK to bus through Canning Town, but perhaps not a place you want to stand and wait for a bus.
Conclusion - a very stayable hotel for those who are familiar with London and its transport idiosyncracies, but can be a bit on a far side for some. If booked on rack rates, then something closer to town (and costlier) might be more worthwhile.
ABOUT ME: I'm a business traveller from Hong Kong, 46yo, suitcaser (not backpacker), not a sensitive/fussy traveller, familiar with London, travels min. 6 times a year worldwide on business and once on holiday. Use this review based on what I am.