A no-frills hotel can be a benefit

ibis London Excel Docklands Hotel guestroom

ibis London Excel Docklands Hotel met all my needs

Do you sometimes think that hotel services and facilities are a bit OTT? That what you need are some basic essentials that meet all your immediate needs at very reasonable prices?
These thoughts were stimulated when I stayed recently at the Ibis London Excel Docklands Hotel, writes Sydney Paulden.

It is a property that is remarkably convenient to many locations that business travellers may wish to reach in that part of London. Without unnecessary and costly frills, it is comfortable, colourful, efficient, friendly and unbelievably low-cost.

First, let’s talk money. The hotel has 270 rooms, either double or twin. It quotes a price per room, whether for one or two people and the rate varies quite considerably during the year. It can, amazingly, be as little as £52 for a room or two or three times that much at peak times. But a price can be quoted well in advance, so it is advisable to book early. A big event in the locality can dramatically influence the rate nearer the time.

How no-frills is it? Well, there are no function rooms in the property and there is no personal safe in the room, but a service can be provided at reception, as in the old days. The rooms have the minimum of built-in furniture, but that is no real drawback for a short stay.

There is a colourful, spacious bar and a large restaurant, Fogg’s, named after the Jules Verne globetrotter, which has a no-frills menu of good staple food at very reasonable prices. The breakfast buffet offers a wide choice of the essentials.

The hotel’s Wi-Fi is very simple to access and free of charge. The beds are big and comfortable, whilst the showers are clean, easy to understand and efficient.

I was also especially impressed by the lighting in the room – plenty of it and just where it is required. And how convenient is the property for business visitors, corporate groups and incentives?

It is connected with central London in one direction and London City Airport in the other by the Royal Victoria DLR Station (Docklands Light Railway). We are talking 15 minutes to the airport and not much more to the City.

It stands alongside the Thames, 150 metres from the ExCel Exhibition and Conference Centre, whilst, at the same time, being close to the Emirates Air Line, the cable car across the river to the iconic venue, the O2.

The 3-star ibis London ExCel Docklands forms part of a complex with the 257-room 4-star Novotel. Both brands are part of the Accor Group. The Novotel does have meeting rooms.

A major factor in its favour is a very friendly, highly motivated staff.

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