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Guoman Tower - Great Views, Even Better Value
Thistle Tower Hotel (London)
Member Name: hdw4sting
Thistle Tower Hotel (London)
Advantages: Well priced, good sized rooms and efficient staff
Disadvantages: Longer tube ride due to location, some tired decor
Have recently returned from a 3 night stay at the rebranded Guoman Tower Hotel in London. We booked through Guoman's own website getting a 3 nights for the price of 2 deal which was able to undercut all of the last minute website prices (less than £90 a night).
The whole hotel is undergoing extensive rennovations and modernisation meaning that the classes of rooms available currently seem fairly muddled.
We paid for a standard room yet were placed on a club suite floor which gave a larger, albeit non-modernised room. Other Guests paying for standard rooms had been placed on lower floors (although these seemed to be guests who had booked through a third-party website) and small upgrade fees of between £20 and £30 per room per night gave room options including penthouses and junior suites.
The floors can seem like a maze at first but the layout is such that all rooms offer views of either Tower Bridge, St Katherine's Dock or Butler's Wharf.
Our room was large, massive by London standards, and well equipped with a modern television, ample drawer and wardrobe space and a powerful shower. The decoration was a little tired and the bathroom smaller than others I have used but everywhere was spotless and a turndown service was offered daily.
Front-desk staff were friendly and very competent, handling our check-in efficiently and providing all relevant information regarding dining times and room options.
Breakfast was well managed with a large, hot, selection of goods, no queues and well-spaced seating, although we did breakfast early, normally prior to 7:00.
The concierge service was also well run with the staff able to book tickets for a variety of shows as well as the aforementioned Open Top Bus Tours.
We did not make use of the restaurants or bars wihtin the hotel as there was ample selection nearby but prices seemed reasonable and there was good variety to the menu.
The hotel is literally next door to Tower Bridge and by walking under the bridge itself you reach the Tower of London, by the Thames.
We were initially concerned that the hotel is located at the very edge of central London but, as a result of being placed within 60 seconds of a World Heritage site, the transport links into London as well as local bars and restaurants are excellent.
Within a 5 minute walk is Tower station with links via both tube and DLR and, even closer, are stops for both modern and traditional routemaster heritage buses as well as the famous London Open Top Bus Tours with many routes running past midnight. Also availble are a number of clipper services running to Greenwich and the Houses of Parliament throughout the day.
St Katherine's dock is a 2 minute walk away and has a number of bars and retaurants as does the area ppposite the Tower of London and Butler's Wharf a short walk away on the other side of the Thames.
It is also possible to take a stroll into London via the Thames Pathway which is well lit right into the evening and provides opportunities to break off and have a look at many of the well signposted landmarks.
Summary: Brilliant mid range hotel, 3* quality for the price of a Travel Lodge.
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