This was our first trip to London for quite a few years, and our first with a child (now aged 4). We were here for the weekend for my 40th birthday, and booked via Superbreak. The child place was free of charge, and the total cost was more than £100 cheaper than the much smaller, somewhat pokey looking alternative we'd considered which was in central London. I was slightly concerned that the hotel location would be a bit "out of the way", but in reality it only took 20 minutes by DLR from Tower Gateway, and we also then discovered that it was quicker still to get the tube to Canning Town which is only a couple of stops on the DLR from Custom House Excel station (5 minutes walk from the hotel). It was possible to get from the hotel to Westminster station in less than half an hour.
The hotel was in a lovely location, very quiet next to the dockside, and my little boy also loved seeing the planes flying very low over the hotel as they went into the nearby City Airport - however we heard absolutely no aircraft noise from inside the hotel which was a welcome bonus!
We didn't really use the hotel facilities other than the excellent breakfast, and the room was large enough with all of the facilities that you'd expect (including the usual overpriced minibar which we didn't touch!). My 4 year old absolutely loved having a double sofa-bed to himself! My only minor gripe would be that the toilet was separate to the bathroom, with no sink next to it - which meant that having used the toilet you had to open the toilet door and then the bathroom door before being able to wash your hands, not the most hygienic way to do it.
All in all, a lovely hotel which was part of a fantastic weekend. Will definitely use again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A contemporary waterfront hotel located 150 metres from the ExCeL London & ICC (Exhibition Centre)and near the O2 Arena, Canary Wharf, Stratford, London City Airport (LCY) and historic Greenwich. The hotel is ideally located in the capital’s dynamic eastside and close to Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, which is only 10 minutes away. Novotel London ExCeL is a 5 minute walk from Custom House D.L.R. station. All Novation rooms have en-suite bathrooms with a bath and separate shower unit, as well as pivoting desk for working or dining, high speed internet, Wi-Fi access and satellite TV. The Upper Deck Restaurant offers panoramic views in a relaxed environment overlooking Royal Victoria Dock. Open from 6am to 10.00pm the Upper Deck also offers 24-hour room service. Paid car parking available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel London Excel Hotel London
- Accor London Excel
- London Novotel