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Ibis London Wembley Hotel (London)

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Address: South Way / Wembley / London HA9 6BA / United Kingdom

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      18.09.2013 20:46
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      Good place to stay for an event

      This is a great economical, convenient stay.

      I actually booked my stay here based on reviews I read online! Even after I made my booking I was still thinking I had made a mistake. I was imagining the worse...

      Oh how pleasantly surprised I was.
      I loved my stay at the Ibis in Wembley.

      I have to first say that we went for the X Factor audience bootcamp at the Wembley arena. This was my first time to Wembley.

      Reception
      Friendly, clean and inviting area.
      There is a mini bar area but it seats about four people.

      We were warmly greeted and asked if we had a room preference. We did not, but she asked if we wanted a quieter room and she guessed we were the X Factor visitors (there was to be a football match the next day). Our room was on about the 7th floor, end room, very quiet.

      Our Room
      We had an end room which was compact but functional. I was very pleased with it. I examined the bed and linen- crisp, white smelling fresssssh. There was a long window giving a good view of the road and although it really viewed a roof top car park and the hotel opposite it was suffice. The bathroom was fine for me but my companion could not get over it! I guess we giggled over it and I do have to add that it was like a large Port-a-loo. Why? Well it was a big plastic room with a step up. Like a portable addition to the bedroom. I actually liked it because it was clean, walk in shower and obviously a new functional room that was added to be more hygenic. The TV was fitted to the wall, bedside lamps and air conditioning. Lovely long mirror and a big one in the bathroom. A clock on the tv. A kettle and an assortment of teas.

      The area
      The arena - 2 minutes away
      McDonalds - about 8 mins walk
      We thoroughly explored the area
      Tesco express - about 5 minute walk max
      Hilton for coffee - 2 mins walk

      The area was nice, clean and tidy. We arrived at the Wembley tube and walked up the High Street which was a good twenty minutes, but we got to see all the shops and restaurants. The other tube is Wembley Park and we took this on the way back (lots of stairs up to it or a steep ramp).

      There is a restaurant at the Ibis Hotel which was very busy for breakfast. We are more independent and went to the Hilton for coffee and bought a delicious salad from Tesco Express.

      We were out until quite late at night and felt quite safe in the lit up areas. We were there just before a football match. The day we left the burger vans and paraphernalia went up and transformed it to my worst nightmare, but luckily we by passed this as we caught the Tube to central London.

      There is limited car parking if you drove down.

      I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel and I hope to go back. The actual room is basic but functional and considering I was expecting it to be dreary and ugly... it was not.

      If you are looking for a modest place to stay at a modest price please book this hotel.

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      03.07.2013 14:56
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      A good-all-round hotel in a great location for sports events and concerts!

      Having booked tickets to see Robbie Williams at Wembley Stadium, we needed a hotel as it just would not feasible to get back to Mid Wales straight after the concert. I've been to Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena a few times now and stayed in a couple of different hotels nearby, but knowing how fast they get booked up for big events, I had to act fast.

      The Ibis London Wembley Hotel is right by the stadium, and having stayed at numerous Ibis hotels, I thought I'd give them a go. Rather than rush down the morning of the concert, I decided to book the hotel for two nights (the night before and the night of the concert). For a twin room, it cost £52 for the first night and £169 for the second night... Yes, if a big event is on at Wembley Stadium, you can expect the rate per night to triple! The event rate isn't unique to Ibis, the other big hotels in the area also double or triple their rate per night on event nights because they know the hotel is going to be full whatever the rate. It's scandalous, but that's the way the tourism and hotel business works.

      I booked the hotel through the AccorHotels.com website (the Ibis brand is a part of Accor Hotels) as I have one of their loyalty cards. The booking process with quick and simply and took no time at all. As I was booking months in advance, I chose to prepay so I wouldn't have to worry about having that money at the time of the concert. Breakfast wasn't included in the cost of the room (although it is with some rooms) and I could have added it on at the time of booking (for £7.50), but as my friend wouldn't be with me for breakfast on the first morning but would for the second, we decided to pay for breakfast at the hotel (more about this later).

      If you have any special requirements (connecting rooms, a disability etc), Ibis recommend that you contact the hotel at the earliest opportunity so they can be sorted for you before your arrival.

      On the first day of my stay, armed with my luggage and hotel reservation, I headed down to London and to the hotel. For those who are arriving via public transport, I'd recommend getting the train to Wembley Stadium train station rather than either of the Wembley tube stations, as the train station is right outside the hotel and stadium, whereas the tube stations are a good 10 minute walk away. My train arrived at London Euston, so I headed to Marylebone via the tube, before catching the train from Marylebone to Wembley Stadium. If you've got an Oyster card then there's no need to get an extra train ticket as you can use your Oyster card to get there (just remember to swipe out when you get to Wembley Stadium!).

      Check-in at Ibis hotels is from midday, which is a couple of hours (and in some cases, 3 hours) earlier than most hotels. I checked in around 2pm and there were just a couple of people in front of me (but be aware to expect a queue on event days!). Check in was swift and I was up in my hotel room in no time.

      The Ibis London Wembley Hotel has a couple of lifts, as well as stairs. Again, expect these to be busy on event days. On the morning after the concert, the lift ended up stopping at pretty much every floor on our way down for breakfast (despite there being no room for anyone else to get in!).

      Our room was on the 9th floor of the hotel and the window looked out toward the hotel next door, looking to the side gave us a view of Wembley Stadium (which was handy for judging the size of the queues before the concert!).

      The room was a bit bigger than most Ibis hotel rooms I've stopped in before as it was fairly long (they're not the biggest of hotel rooms, but then they're not cramped either). Near the door was the shelving and storage space (including a few hangers and a hairdryer). At the other end of the room were the twin beds (narrow and only 15cm apart, but each with it's own bedside shelf) and a long desk containing tea/coffee-making facilities, a keyboard for connection to the internet and a couple of plugs (handy because I needed to charge my mobile phone!). I found the room (and the hotel itself) to be quite warm (although it was one of the hottest weekends of the year), but thankfully the room had aircon and we were able to cool the room down.

      The bathroom was one of those self-contained type things (where you step up into it) in a semi-circular shape. It was fairly small, but in no way cramped, and contained the usual toilet, sink and shower. The shower was fairly spacious and probably took up half of the bathroom. There was only a small lip down into the shower and so I worried the water might flow out when I had a shower (but there was no need to worry as it didn't!). There's no need to worry if you haven't got any soap or shower gel as the hotel has it's own squeezy bottles of soapy gel hanging in the shower and by the sink (it's an OK soap/shower gel, but I did find my skin a little dried afterwards).

      Both the room and the bathroom were clean and tidy. My only real gripe was that the one and only bin was in the bathroom and it was rather small. There always seems to be some kind of construction work on near the stadium (at least there is when I've been in Wembley), but you only seem to hear it on weekdays and they tend to put down tools at 5pm. At night, we did hear emergency vehicle sirens going off, but I didn't seem to notice them after 1am. Unfortunately, on the first night of my stay, I did hear some people going in and out of their rooms (and talking on their mobiles) in the middle of the night, but I suspect they were ones who were going to go and queue at the stadium VERY early!

      I had a meal in the bar on my first night at the hotel (there is a restaurant on the mezzanine above the bar too). The bar has seats and tables, as well as some lovely comfy leather armchairs and sofas. I decided on a chicken breast burger and was delighted with my choice. It wasn't actually a burger but a couple of chicken breast fillets in a bap with salad and chutney (utterly delicious!). It was quite big and I ended up cutting it in half before attempting to eat it! It also came with a small bowl of chips and a side salad. Not bad for under a tenner!

      There is plenty of choice on the menu (including starters, mains and puddings), some of which is available 24/7 (items such as baked potatoes, sandwiches, pizza etc). Handy for after a concert! There's plenty of choice of drinks at the bar too, but do expect slightly higher prices on event nights. As I was gasping for a drink after the Robbie Williams concert, I was pleased to find that the bar staff were swift to serve us.

      Breakfast is available in the restaurant on the mezzanine. As we hadn't pre-booked (or paid on arrival at reception) we paid on arrival at the restaurant. I was slightly annoyed to find that instead of costing £7.50 as it said on the website and on my reservation (and as is usual at the other Ibis hotels I've stayed at), the breakfast actually cost us £8.95 each. I don't know if this was another of their "event" rates or if Ibis have upped their prices since my last Ibis stay in April.

      Breakfast at Ibis hotels consists of an all-you-can-eat buffet, so there was plenty to choose from. If you fancy a cooked breakfast then there was sausages, bacon, beans, cooked tomatoes, scrambled egg and hash browns. There was also bread (which could also be toasted), croissants, muffins, cereals, jams, chocolate spread, honey, fruit salad, sliced ham, yoghurts, milk, water, fruit juice, tea and coffee, and probably one or two other things! Both mornings, I loaded a plate with a cooked breakfast, before helping myself to some fruit salad, a croissant & jam, and several glasses of cranberry juice (What? I was thirsty!). It's certainly enough to set you up for the day.

      Check-out is before midday and it only took us a minute, despite them being busy. Then it was across to Wembley Stadium train station and onwards on our journey home.

      A day or two after your stay at the hotel, Accor/Ibis like to check that you've enjoyed your stay and send an email asking you to fill in a short questionnaire. I usually do this as it only takes a few minutes.

      So, to sum up... The Ibis London Wembley Hotel is in the perfect location should you be going to an event at Wembley Stadium or Wembley Arena (which is just a short walk down the road). It might be pricey for event nights, but then it's not much more pricier than staying in a similar hotel in central London. I'd definitely stop there again, as well as recommending it to others.

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