I did my best with the photos as they were rushed as we were leaving – I wasn’t planning on reviewing this hotel stay. When me and my Mom went to London we stayed in the DoubleTree by Hilton in Westminster. We’d previously stayed in the same type of hotel in Leeds in 2013, so knew it should be rather good. My Mom got this hotel on a deal on Hotels.com and it worked out cheaper than the Premier Inn! That’s why we originally picked this hotel. It was super convenient, a short walk from Pimlico and Westminster tube stations and a short bus ride from each station to get you back to the hotel.
We didn’t actually spend a huge amount of time at the hotel due to being so busy but the time we did spend there was brilliant as it is a great hotel! On check-in, as with all DoubleTree hotels, you get given one warm cookie for everyone in your room. They smell delicious but they have nuts in (my Mom is allergic) and cinnamon (which I am allergic to) so we’ve never got to try them. We got to check-in early, as our room was ready at 11am, instead of 3pm check-in time! Which meant I could put my make-up on in peace. There are quite a few mirrors in the room which is good when you have two women trying to get ready at the same time! There are two in the main room and two in the bathroom, I loved the one that extended off the wall and magnified.
We were provided with toiletries, which come in very handy when you’re away so you don’t have to drag all your shampoo, conditioner and shower gel with you. There was also an ice bucket in the room which you could fill up with an ice dispenser, located on quite a few floors! There was a fridge and glasses in the room for your own drinks, which is great as you can actually enjoy a drink that isn’t out of a bottle. It is great to have a wardrobe that lights up in your room also! We didn’t have time to test out the hotel dining unfortunately, I really wanted to order room service as I never have before so hopefully I’ll be able to next time.
Each room has an iMac, which doubles up as your TV. I wish I would’ve had more time to use this as I absolutely adore them and wanted to blog away on it, but we were pretty much in and out of the hotel and when we were back from Les Mis I was too tired. There’s free wifi which I connected to instantly of course. This is something you don’t get with budget hotels – it’s nice to have complimentary wifi as you’ve already paid enough for your room. Check out was simple also, we just had to give back our keys and then as we were heading to the exhibition in London we left our bags with the hotel, which was efficient both in dropping them off and picking them up.
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