Holiday Inn Express London Excel

Old Mar 23, 16, 4:44 pm
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Holiday Inn Express London Excel

Here for a LCY morning flight. Food service is from 5pm to 10.30pm. Apparently that means ordering by 9.45 because 10.30 is "when you need to finish eating".
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I just had a surprisingly decent 'fishcake, salad and chips' at HIX Sheffield. As a Londoner, the price seemed like a bargain - until my brother turned up for a beer having just had 2 x full meals in his local for less than my fishcake!
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Stayed here recently in post virus era.

Breakfast is being served in the ground floor restaurant again, but items are brought to your table instead of a buffet.

Windows can NOT be opened at this hotel for fresh air.

Nearest transport stop to the hotel is the DLR (docklands light rail) station called "Royal Albert". Warning ! If for any reason the elevator is not working it's a LOT of stairs.

Apart from 1 large and popular Chinese restaurant called "Yi Ban" there are no shops or restaurants anywhere nearby. (Except of course in the 3 other hotels along the same street). To get to the chinese restaurant just walk through the car park on the other side of the road and go up the stairs. They have nice views of the water and the airport. Large portions and reasonable prices, but don't expect great quality food. It was ok, but nothing more. Open every single day from lunch time till quite late. Postcode to find it on the map is E16 2QT. (Unfortunately it's closed until further notice cause of the virus). Check their website if they have re-opened by the time you stay at this hotel. Website here:

For a proper supermarket you will need to take the DLR train 3 stops to "Royal Victoria" station where there is a Tesco.

The Excel (Exhibition Centre London) is close, but you will need to walk under Connaught bridge to get there. The Doubletree and Aloft hotels on the other side of Connaught bridge are both closer to the excel. Hotel prices can be quite cheap here when there is nothing going on at the excel, but are ludricously expensive when there is a big event there.

London City Airport

Do not be fooled by the apparent closeness of this hotel to London city airport. While it is technically very close geographically, getting to/from city airport is not that easy no matter how you decide to travel. The cheapest and easiest way is to get a DLR train to "Canning Town" station and then get out, and get another DLR train going "backwards" to "Royal Albert" station.

The red TFL bus to/from the airport only stops at the lower side of "Prince Regent" DLR station. You then have to either walk either half a mile (800 meters) to the hotel, or go up a huge amount of stairs to the DLR station and go one stop to "Royal Albert".

Walking to/from the airport is only really possible if you have very light luggage and it's daytime, as it's a 1 mile (1.6km) walk. When on the north side of the river you will need to cross UNDER the Connaught bridge to get to/from the footpath bridge crossing the river. You cannot walk on the section of the bridge where the cars travel. I would not reccomend walking or taking the bus to/from this hotel at nightime as the whole area you need to walk through is quite dark and abandoned. If it's raining, forget about walking completely. Taxis to/from the airport cost about 10 GBP. Even more on Saturdays and Sundays and weekdays after 10pm.

Hotels located near "Canning town" DLR and tube (metro) station are much, much easier for getting to/from London city airport.

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