“ 543 & 586 Lea Bridge Road / Leyton E10 7EB / London „
On another visit to second son at uni in London we again wanted to stay somewhere in the East end of the city. We thought that Leyton may have had a makeover ready for the Olympics and so booked this hotel
The hotle is located in Leyton and really easy to find with a sat nav. The road it is on is really busy but once found there is a car park, so the car can be left (hopefully). It is about a 20 minute walk to the tube station and we didnt find a bus which took us close to the hotel, so location not great,
The hotel itself is spread over two buildings. Check in is simple and in one building but make sure you have a passport or driving licence. We were then told that our bedroom was in the other building, across a busy road. Anyway, the check in area is brightly coloured and accessible and the staff are quite friendly. There is a seated area at reception and a bar as well as a tea and coffee maker, so guests can get free drinks. Then, it was across the road for us. Similar light bricked modern building pretty soulless, and accessed via the usual door which made me pretty nervous given that there appeared to be no security system- simply walk inside and there you go, any bedroom. There is a lift which is a major bonus as we could not see any stairs.
Long dark corridors with heavily patterned carpets led us to our room clearly indicated by signs on the walls teeling us where to go. One of the doors on the way to our room had the glass smashed out of it which didnt fill me with hope.
--The room and bathroom--
We had booked a room for three and when we got to our room it did have a double bed and a single bed. The room was quite large with plenty of space for us to move around. The bed linen was clean with a single pillow for each guest and the room contained an open wardrobe with 4 hangers, 3 bedside tables and a desk. There was also an ironing board and iron on the wall, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer. All pretty basic but so far all ok.
The bathroom had clearly been cleaned but perhaps with a cloth which had cleaned many other rooms because the smell was quite unpleasant- a mixing of cleaning products. Unfortunately there was no window to try to eliminate the smell. There were two towels supplied- clean but neverthe less pretty shabby looking. The sink had a mirror above it and a cabinet at the side to store toiletries. Unfortunately, the bathroom just got worse and worse- the radiator was hanging off the wall the plug didnt come out of the plug hole and the toilet took ages to refill and even when flushed the flusher was quite ineffective.
Breakfast was in the building where we had checked in and is available from 7am until 10am. We went in each morning at about 9am and each day it was pretty busy. The room is bright and cheerful- lots of green and orange furniture and decor, and plenty of mirrors which made the room seem bigger.
The hotel serves only continental breakfasts which included toast plenty of butter and jams, as well as cheese croissants cereals and yoghurts. This is all we actually need, as we dont have a full English breakfast at home, so the actual food bit was perfectly fine. However, on the down side (there always seems to be one!) on both mornings the breakfast room ran out of cups and glasses so we had to wait around for ages for cups and then as soon as it got to 10am, the staff told us we couldn't get another cup of tea. The staff were working hard but because of the number of guests they did seem to be understaffed.
543 and 586
Lea Bridge Road
The hotel is about a 20 minute fairly speedy walk from the nearest tube station, Leyton.
We paid about £120 for two nights at the hotel which was very reasonable for a hotel close to the city. However, I have had bargain prices for hotels in London before and this was not a bargain.
The building with the reception area is quite well maintained but the building with many of the rooms is unkempt and whilst clean, the whole place looks neglected and has many faults. Fortunately, at night, the front door is locked and accessed only with a hotel key. The hotel advertises free wifi but although I had the code, it was impossible to get any internet access. Another problem we had was the parking. Whilst there was a car park we were unable to access the on site parking because it was so small and filled with work vans- the whole front of the hotel was covered in road works.
The area surrounding the hotel is not very pleasant and with a busy road separating the two buildings, it's quite unpleasant trundling across the road for breakfast.
Lots of faults which outway the positives; this is somewhere I won't be staying again.
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