April 4, 2014 Leave a comment
Over the years I’ve been visiting London, I’ve had a chance to stay in many of their properties in and around central London. In the past two years, they have expanded their DoubleTree brand and have now introduced the Hampton brand.
This property offered an outstanding “Points and Money” option for the dates of my travel and, given the high cost of hotels in London, I jumped at it. This four night stay cost me 20,000 points and 55 GBP per night. My total bill was right about 250 GBP – the equivalent of just over $400 USD in a town where nice hotels routinely run to $250 USD per night and higher.
The location, 157 Waterloo Rd., is just two blocks south of Waterloo Station, a major transportation hub and a fairly short walk of 15 minutes can take you past the Southbank area and over the river to the West End. Several restaurants and pubs are in close proximity and the famous Old Vic theatre is on the same block.
I did have the opportunity to have dinner at the very popular pub The Fire Station, which is named for the building it inhabits with ample evidence of its previous function. This place is absolutely packed after work but offers a separate dining area that has a high-end menu and excellent steak offerings. A ribeye dinner with two pints of beer ran to 42 GBP, so it is not inexpensive but I was very happy with the meal.
The Hampton is very modern, the rooms were comfortable and clean, and the service was always outstanding. They have been open for only two months but seem to have hit stride quickly. Their lobby has a unique approach with a bar area that is an extension of the front desk and service by the front desk personnel during non-peak times. It reminds me of a bigger version of Hyatt Place’s combined front desk/bar area.
This is definitely a good option and one that I will check on when making future bookings in the London area.