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Days Inn Hotel (London-Waterloo)
Member Name: MarcoG
Days Inn Hotel (London-Waterloo)
Advantages: Location, location, location
Disadvantages: A bit grubby round the edges
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
Summary: Not bad, not great. It's fine.
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