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Hilton Metropole Hotel (London)
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Hilton Metropole Hotel (London)
Advantages: Good value, clean, pleasant rooms, good location
Disadvantages: basic rooms a bit small
In May 2009 I stayed at the Hilton Metropole, Edgeware Road, London as part of a group celebrating a hen weekend. The "hen" in question, being a bit of a control freak, did all the booking herself, but as it only cost around £100 for a night in the hotel, a ticket for Mamma Mia and train fare from the north east, I didn't really expect the hotel to be up to much.
I was pleasantly surprised when we walked into the reception area. The hotel was spacious, clean and looked quite elegant, with lots of marble and clear cut lines to the decor.
Despite the fact that we were several hours early for check-in, our rooms were ready and even better, as my Mum and I were only staying one night (when the rest of the party were staying two) we had been given an upgrade. Our party split up at this point; the people staying in twos disappeared upstairs to the Tower rooms, while my mum and I, and the people staying in threes went off to the West Wing, where the "hen" confessed that all of those staying as a three already had an upgraded room as it was the only way to accomodate three people.
The rooms were very nice; very spacious, tastefully decorated, clean and with all of the conveniences you would expect from a decent hotel room. We had a bit of a giggle at the mini-bar which had a notice stating that it had a sensor on it that knew if items were moved and the customer would be charged automatically. We were a bit worried that there would be some kind of minor earthquake and that we would end up owning a fortune! The mini-bar was, as ever in most hotels, really expensive and we didn't touch it at all! the room had two double beds so we were able to stretch out in a bed each. Later in the day when we visited another room in our party, it was apparent that their rooms were a good deal smaller, but as we were only using them to sleep in that didn't really matter.
The view from the room was less than exciting, lots of tower blocks and buildings. Other members of our party had an even more exciting view of lots of scaffolding, but then who stays in a hotel in London for the view from their room?
Apart from the two restaurants and bar, the hotel also has an indoor pool but we didn't try this out.
Taxis were easily available from just outside the hotel, it was close to a tube station and it wasn't too far to walk to Oxford Street (although be careful not to wear high heels as I did!)
The bed was fairly comfortable, although it had had terrible pillows! There was very little noise during the night so we were able to get a fairly good night sleep.
Breakfast was included in the price of the room and had a good selection of hot and cold buffet items, including a station where a chef was waiting to make omelettes. We went down for breakfast fairly late and there was still plenty of choice although my mum and I both thought the hot items weren't hot enough.
Check out was easy enough as the hotel operates a quick check out system. We just dropped our room key into a box and off we went.
All in all, the hotel was very good value for what we paid and I would definitely stay there again.
Summary: Worth a try for a reasonable priced weekend trip
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