“ Address: 54 Kennington Road / London / SE1 7BJ / England „
As a congratulations on your new job present, I got my partner tickets to see "Noise Off" in London. We didn't want to rush back home when it ended, so decided we would get a hotel. Looking for affordable, yet half way decent hotels in London can be tricky. We stumbled across the Days Inn, whilst browsing trivago. We were familiar with the company, as we've stayed in their hotels stateside. Knowing they were a fair punt, and reassured by positive consumer reviews, we went for it.
What the hotel says about itself: The Days Hotel Waterloo is a 100 Percent Non Smoking Environment. The Days Hotel London Waterloo offers great value for money together with a superb location. We are located south of the river Thames in the London Borough of Lambeth. Landmarks such as the Imperial War Museum and the London Eye are within a 10 minute walk with other attractions within easy reach. All our 162 contemporary furnished rooms feature ensuite bathrooms with power shower, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, direct dial phones, TVs with a selection of Free view and Sky channels and wireless internet access which is available at an extra fee. The hotel is ideally situated for Londons West End theatres, cinemas, art galleries, museums and shopping. We are located opposite the Imperial War museum, just 10 minutes walk from Waterloo Station and the London Eye.
Walking through the main doors, which are adorned by various awards and accolades, you are greeted by an open waiting area and bar area to your right. A vending machine full of various items that you could easily forget whilst packing for a trip (toothpaste, soaps etc) told me that the hotel seemed prepared and helpful. The reception area was small but with 3 staff, it felt industrious and efficient. We greeted by a most helpful and friendly lady (I don't know why but I always expect staff at budget hotels to give "budget" service) who sorted our paperwork and keys quickly. On our way to the lifts, we passed through a collection of computers, assumedly with Internet access. The place felt inviting without being full of soft furnishings - inviting in a sense that the hotel seemed to have most things covered. When we got back from the theatre, we ended up in the bar, full of very modestly priced drinks. There were various tables, chairs and sofas - there were quite a lot of guests there, which created a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
We traveled up the lift and through the stark and oppressive corridors to our room. Weird the hotel says it's 100% no smoking - our room stank of smoke. We went straight back down to reception and asked for another room, we were given the room that was next door with no fuss. The room was fine, comfy bed, decent storage. TV (that we couldn't actually get a decent signal on, so not sure where they kept the SKY tv they talk about in the hotel description). We had a little kettle and teas and coffees. All good. Being fussy, the curtains were a bit scabby with an interesting splatter (!!) going across them, that also couldn't quite close, irritating. There was no wifi which annoyed me, but hey!
The bathroom was fine. 70s/80s decor (confused about the refurb??). We had lux soap and shower gel dispensers fixed on the wall above the sink and in the shower (which I don't think is particularly hygienic, as you have to squeeze it, so unless the cleaners clean the tube every day, call me a sceptic but I doubt that happens - so effectively you are also touching where someone's unwashed hands have been after they've finished on the loo - the same could said about the taps, but assumedly a maid does the taps??) I digress. The grouting was generally stained, shower fine.
Beyond the bar area is the restaurant. We didn't really see ugh of it, so it's hard to comment. We decided. It he have breakfast as we had just paid for the room and breakfast was an extra £10 so we decided to get something from the shop over the road instead.
Price and Value:
We paid £99 for a one night stay at the weekend. The hotel was fine, I've stayed in far worse, so for £50 per night, I think you are getting value. Only a short walk from Lambeth North tube, transport connections were good.
GRAND TOTAL: 27/40 3 out of 5 stars
Would I stay again:
I wouldnt have a reservation about staying there. There were better looking hotels in the surrounding area, but if you don't have high end tastes, this humble hotel is fine. It would sit better with me if we got it for a cheaper price and brekkie included, but hey, maybe I'm too demanding.
You can contact the Days Inn, Waterloo at:
Days Hotel London- Waterloo
54 Kennington Road
London, SE1 7BJ UK
Thanks for reading
© MarcoG 2012
We went to this hotel for just a weekend away. The hotel lies at a busy road called Kennington road. The location was quiet good with a bus stop nearby but also the metro station of Lambeth North is within walking distance. The hotel is south of the Thames river and a bit far away from the centre so we had to use the metro a lot.
The hotel was easy enough found and when you walk into the hotel it gave me a ok feeling. It's not a luxurious hotel but a perfect hotel for a weekend away and when you are planning to mostly just sleep at the hotel and nothing more. The checking in went really easy and all our details were known. The staff was polite but not overly friendly. They gave as a quick explanation of were the room was and breakfast but that's all.
There is an elevator in the hotel. The room was fine. Most importantly there was a comfortable two person bed which was clean. I have slept very good so I was well rested the next day. The room has several facilities like a television and a small desk but overall it's pretty basic. The bathroom was quiet spacious with a shower, sink and toilet. There wasn't any storage space or toiletries but there were sufficient towels present. The shower itself was a bit small and outdated but clean and worked fine.
There aren't that much facilities at this hotel. There is only a small bar and there is a room where you have internet access o none of their computers. I think it's mostly a business hotel. There was wireless internet available throughout the hotel.
Every morning the hotel served breakfast. The breakfast was good and quiet a large typical English breakfast with egg and sausages. Really delicious with several kind of bread and also yoghurt, cornflakes and lots more. The location of the breakfast room was bit strange because it's right near the reception desk so it's like eating in the lobby.
The staff was nice and helpful and didn't had any complains. I think it's a good hotel and perfect for planning to see the city since it's near the metro station. For me breakfast is always important and this hotel had that perfectly arranged! Every time I woke up I looked forward to the breakfast and it was my favourite part of the hotel. The room was good enough and most importantly the bed was good. A nice good hotel and give it three stars.
Me and my girlfriend stayed at the Days Hotel Waterloo at the end of March 2010 for 4 nights as part of a hotel/theatre package holiday and found the hotel very reasonable. After reading the reviews I decided to email the manager to ask for a room on the quieter side of the hotel, and she emailed me back saying a room on the quieter side of the hotel but that there was a police station right by the hotel. We arrived to our room, which to be fair was on the quieter side of the hotel, and it was a bit small but very nice. Good TV with english as well as foreign channels, coffee/tea making facilities, desk, drawers, and a nice (if a bit small) bathroom with a power shower. The bed had damage to one of the legs, so if you sat on the corner of the bed it would tip like a see-saw! This however wasnt a big issue and we didnt complain. The staff were really nice and helpful, so im sure if we did complain then they would have assisted us in any way possible. The room was quite small, and for ladies my girlfriend complained that the wardrobe size was 'ridiculous', so if your staying for more than 4 nights you may have to fold some of your dresses into draws.
The staff, as mentioned, were very nice. They helped us with directions if we needed them, any questions we had and with booking taxi's etc.
Breakfast was pretty good - they had three different types of cereal, croissants, white and brown bread, pastries, fruits, yoghurts, jam's and marmalades, tea coffee hot chocolate and fresh juices.As you walk into breakfast they ask you if you would like a cooked breakfast and if you say yes then, after around 10-15 minutes, you will get a breakfast consisting of a two rashers of bacon, one sausage, beans, fried/scrambled egg, mushrooms and toast. You can choose which of those you dont want, obviously, but dont go in expected a buffet type thing where you can pick up 5 sausages and loads of bacon because its not like that! Breakfast was lovely, although one morning the apple juice had been watered down. I wouldnt pay £8.95 for it separately, but its a good breakfast with a decent variety for those who have the breakfast included in the cost of the hotel room.
The bed was comfortable and, as we were on the quieter side of the hotel, we didnt have any real trouble with sleep. We are quite heavy sleepers and, while you could hear sirens now and then, they caused no trouble at all.
The location of the hotel was also good. Easily found by all taxi companies, 1-3 minutes walk away from the Imperial War Museum, close to Big Ben, Parliament and London Eye, around £6 for a taxi from the hotel to Big Ben/Westminster Abbey.
I would recommend the bakery, around 10 seconds walk from the hotel. Its small and on the corner by the hotel and was absolutely lovely; with prices that were excellent for London.
All in all its a very good hotel, especially for the price you pay. Its not perfect, but its very good value for its location, helpfulness of staff and overall experience. I will be going back if they maintain their excellent value for money.
I have stayed in this hotel many times in the last five years, I used to live very close and and whenever I go to visit friends and need to stay overnight, Days Inn is one of my first choices of hotels- here is why.
Location - Days inn is centrally located in London, it is a five minutes walk from London Waterloo main line train station, The London eye and houses of parliament and a 10-15 minute walk to the bright lights of Theatreland and Piccadilly circus and central London. If you don't fancy walking there are bus stops right outside and Lambeth north northern line tube station is at the end of the road.
The hotel is opposite the Imperial War museum, which is well worth a visit.
Checking in at the inn - This is very easy, most of the staff are fluent in several languages and whenever I have stayed they have been most helpful. Payment is taken when you check in, you can also add any extras such as breakfast, in room movies or dry cleaning.
After all the paperwork is filled in, you will be given your room key, all the rooms are on upper levels, there are two lifts and a set of stairs.
The room - The rooms are all kitted out exactly the same, bed, wardrobe, desk, bedside table and extra chair. There are tea and coffee facilities, a hairdryer (whoop whoop) and an iron and ironing board. The bathroom has a power shower and toilet and sink. They provide shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion.
The Days inn hotel is part of the huge Wyndham Worldwide group, so if you have ever stayed in a Ramada or Travelodge hotel you will know the room layout and set up.
The rooms have always been clean and fresh. I have stayed alone, with friends and with my husband and children and have found the rooms to be spacious and ample for my needs.
The Brekkie - Well I have only ever eaten breakfast twice, you can pay in advance or when you check out. It costs £6.95 for Adults and £3.95 for children, this will get you a full English or a continental breakfast or both if you prefer. It is all self service, there are tea and coffee machines and jugs of Juice available. I wouldn't say it is the best hotel breakfast I have ever had but it is O.K and for the price in a London hotel it is very good value.
The Bar - This is where you need your wallet to be full, a glass of wine costs between £6- £10 and a pint of beer is about £5.00. I tend to visit Brendan O'Grady's Irish pub across the road for a better atmosphere and a better drink.
Hotel overall- This hotel is one of the cheapest central hotels you will find in London, it is clean, safe and perfect for a night or two. It isn't luxury, it doesn't have fancy pools or spas but it doesn't have a high price tag either. A room costs in the region of £60-£80 per night, although you can find deals and offers if you search the internet.
Parking costs £10 a night but I have never brought the car so I can't comment on this facility. If you want to 'do' London on a budget but don't want a hostel in Kings Cross then this is a perfect choice for you.