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Days Inn Hotel (London-Waterloo)
Member Name: martinjones22
Days Inn Hotel (London-Waterloo)
Date: 17/05/10, updated on 20/05/10 (7 review reads)
Advantages: Great value for money, fantastic location
Disadvantages: Rooms on small side, hotel next to a police station
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.
Summary: Not The Ritz, but great value for money